Add an Inlaid Signature to Your Workcomments (26) March 22nd, 2013 in blogs
A few days ago I decided to put some of my smaller scraps to use by building a simple cutting board. Since this wasn't a piece destined for anyone in particular, I thought it might be appropriate to use it as a test subject for a simple inlay technique I've always wanted to experiment with. Truth-be-told, this isn't technically an inlay but rather, a way of faking one-sort of.
I typically sign all of my work using my middle name, Gabriel, and I've often wondered if I could use a Dremel tool with a router base attachment to trace around a signature and then fill the void with tinted epoxy for a sleek, permanent branding of my pieces. Turns out I can. While I'm not completely satisfied with the final product (my routing was slightly shaky at points, leading to curves that aren't as smooth as I'd like), I'd say I'm pretty close.
Watch the process, step-by-step, in the gallery photos above. This only took me about an hour-not including the drying time for the epoxy. A better attachment for the Dremel would certainly help in controlling the cut, but that will have to wait until the arrival of my next paycheck. Enjoy, and if you've experimented with a similar technique, I'd love to hear about it in the comment section at the bottom of this post.
posted in: blogs, inlay, epoxy, Cutting Board, signing work
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