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Learn how Craig Thibodeau uses musician's fret dots to embellish fine furniture.
San Diego-based furniture maker Craig Thibodeau is an accomplished artisan whose inlay and marquetry work is a force to be reckoned with. That said, Thibodeau knows when to employ complex techniques to get the look he’s after and when subtle embelishments are all that’s needed to get the job done. Case in point: his ingenious re-purposing of mother of pearl fret dots.
Fret dots, those white circles found along the necks of guitars, are used by musicians to aid in placing their fingers accurately while moving from chord to chord or note-to-note during a song. Watch the slideshow to learn about Thibodeau’s technique.
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Has anyone tried finishing a pearl-inlaid piece of wood with oil (Danish, or whatever)? Graig mentioned that laquer does the job, but how about oil?
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Wow, nice work! Something I want to do when I get some time!
Mike - http://decarlowoodworks.blogspot.com
Hacker, I buy all my mother of pearl, abalone and reconstituted stone from JoAnn at Rescue Pearl www.rescuepearl.com. She also has some of the necessary tools though Stewart-MacDonald www.stewmac.com has a wider selection of tools for doing inlay. The acrylester and other plastics are available from Rockler, Woodcraft and several online sources, just search for pen turning blanks. Good luck.
WOW what a beatuiful craft. I am just learning woodworking and plan to start dabbling w inlay. Where can one get mother of pearl or other other fine shell materials?
JYA: The material is called "Acrylester."
I've used mother of pearl for many years as inlay and especially the fret dots. A tip is to use the brad point bits from Lee Valley for the frets. They are the most accurate I've found & the sell metric and sae sizes. The frets from www.stewmac.com I use are metric except for the 1/4" one's. Valley carries the sizes for all them. The frets fit the drilled holes perfectly. Only thing that can mess it up when using these mentioned tools is a worn drill chuck.
I don't use epoxy though instead a glue called E6000 which is made for inlay work when two different materials are involved. It stays flexible, not brittle like epoxy, as wood moves the 6000 moves with it. As stone, mop and wood all move at different rates, this becomes important.
I have no affiliation with stewmac nor Lee Valley, just happy customer.
Really cool and informative.
Though early on in the woodworking learning curve, I enjoy adding interest and detail with inlays.
Good idea of using the acrylic/plastic pen turning blanks. I have to pry my 9yr old son away from those blanks when we visit our Lee Valley store, so maybe I will let him pick one to use in a project for himself.
What does he call that blue stuff he used to make the butterfly wings? Aqualuster?
Wow Craig, my compliments indeed. A master craftsman you are to say the least. Good imagination and quality. I can only aspire to such work. I get down to San Diego occasionally and would love the opportunity to see some of your work up close and chat with you. If I can find where you are expect a call. Absolutely gorgeous.
The file is also called a 'smooth finish milled tooth hand file' or auto body file and is available from McMaster Carr. Just do a search for 'hand files' and scroll down to get to the smooth finish file area. They are about $25 each and last a very long time. Lie Nielsen has begun selling smaller versions for hand work that have handles on them but they are smaller and more expensive than a full size file. They do have several different shapes that would be useful for joinery work though.
@bmyyou.....its a float
What is the name of the file that he mentioned in the video for filing the mother of pearl?
Furniture design always gets back to using materials. Best line from Thibodeau stresses furniture makers being behind the curve and need to catch up...EXCELLENT POINT.
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