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deuceiswild
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Tiger Eye wood Inlay
Eye is about 12” tall and 19” wide. Walnut backboard. Purpleheart, yellowheart, and ash inlays. This was a fun project.


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NASA_ISS_Tiger
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Member since Sep 2005
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re: Tiger Eye wood Inlay
That looks awesome. Where do you get the exotic woods?
Wife wants a piece of wooden wall art in the shape of La to give us a little piece of home...I'd love to make it P&G like that.


Neauxla
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re: Tiger Eye wood Inlay
Wish I could do that .


deuceiswild
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re: Tiger Eye wood Inlay
I order it online in whatever thicknesses i need. I hear there's a place in New Orleans east that has it, but I've never been there. Ocooch Is one such site. But I've ordered from several places. Shipping usually isn't cheap.

All you need for this is a router, and inlay bushing, and to make a stencil on some plywood or Mdf.... assuming you want to do an inlay. If it's just a cutout then it's even easier.

Another route you could take is to draw the image you want, rout it out an eighth of an inch deep, and fill with colored epoxy. It's much easier, but you lose the wooden appearance.


deuceiswild
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re: Tiger Eye wood Inlay
You can do this. Tbh, the real skill is making the template. The inlay is the easier part lol.
The template is in multiple pieces and they must overlap each other precisely. Can be challenging when you can't see through the wood you're drawing on. It's called multi layer inlay. You can purchase stencils for this (not a Tiger eye, tho) and usually they're made of plexiglass and laser cut.


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deuceiswild
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re: Tiger Eye wood Inlay
These are the stencil cards i had to make before starting. Tedious work. But it paid off.

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Aristo
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re: Tiger Eye wood Inlay
Good job, looks like it was done on a CNC.


deuceiswild
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re: Tiger Eye wood Inlay
Thank you. I wish i had a CNC. I may get one in a few years.

That said there's a certain satisfaction from making something with your hands rather than a keyboard. I enjoy doing inlays.


Aristo
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re: Tiger Eye wood Inlay
I bought a CNC a couple of years ago, but haven't had the time to use it the past 6 months or so. It's a lot of fun.


deuceiswild
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re: Tiger Eye wood Inlay
How long did it take you to really learn to use it to it's full capabilities? I have no experience with them at all. But my wife paid over 10K for an embroidery machine and still can't operate the thing to its capabilities. She does many things step by step manually rather than just programming it. So I'm leery for that reason. Worried about cumbersome software that unless you've used previous versions, you're lost and end up spending weeks, or more, (and wasting wood) learning how to use it.


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Miketheseventh
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re: Tiger Eye wood Inlay
That looks awesome
quote:

I hear there's a place in New Orleans east that has it, but I've never been there

What ever you pay for shipping is worth it. Going into New Orleans East is like playing Russian roulette with your life


Aristo
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Not very long. About two or three carves in I had the hang of it. The software is very user-friendly.


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lsutiger2010
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re: Tiger Eye wood Inlay
quote:

I hear there's a place in New Orleans east that has 


Riverside lumber and they have a great selection

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What ever you pay for shipping is worth it. Going into New Orleans East is like playing Russian roulette with your life


Don't be such a pussy


eng08
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re: Tiger Eye wood Inlay
Riverside is great people


lsutiger2010
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I made this cutting board a few years back from material I purchased there




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LSU alum wannabe
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Katy, TX
Member since Jan 2004
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re: Tiger Eye wood Inlay
Nice workbench too. I'm jealous. And too cheap/poor.


mikie421
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continental shelf
Member since Nov 2008
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re: Tiger Eye wood Inlay
That’s awesome. Only thing that sucks is the purpleheart will lose its purpleness over time.


deuceiswild
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South La
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re: Tiger Eye wood Inlay
I do plan to take a trip to Riverside ne of these days when I'm in the area.


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deuceiswild
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South La
Member since Nov 2007
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re: Tiger Eye wood Inlay
It will lose some luster. But that process can be prolonged by keeping it away from sunlight and by using a UV protective coating. And even after turning "brown", it'll keep a purpl-ish tint to it.


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Indfanfromcol
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LSU
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re: Tiger Eye wood Inlay
Looks great. Think I saw somewhere in this thread that it may be use outdoors? If you ever do another round, try using aformosia instead. It’s a little more expensive than walnut, but my company had some success using it for exterior items as well as some of our work that gets direct sunlight 24/7. I want to say last time we purchase here in Orlando, it was around $7 a bf.


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