End Grain inlay question - challenge

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End Grain inlay question - challenge

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I'm trying to help a friend out on an end grain cutting board that he wants to inlay this image.
raiders inly pattern.jpg
The problem is that the facial detail is so fine I don't believe I can successfully carve this. The facial outline is only .046 wide.
I was gong to do an MDF test but then since the cutting board is 1 1/2 inches and he would like to do a 1/2 thick walnut end grain inlay I decide I'd ask the experts here their opinion before I damage a beautiful end grain blank. Also what glues do you use for endgrain. all my experience is in shallow flat grain decorative inlays.
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Reduce the detail but keep the theme/idea, I agree that you will have problems with this inlay is set up currently

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Given its a cutting board, and the details of the face being thin, but just the face outline, I might consider using an endmill and going a bit deeper and using an dyed epoxy or something for the fine facial features, then the walnut for the rest.
just a thought,
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I've read several tips and all say that no epoxy is truly safe on a cutting board.
Works for an area you know the knifes will not cut into it though.

Agree with Potzmannwoodshop, a reduction in the detail, replace some of the thin lines with stylized wider paths, be creative. Cold be cool.

Best Luck

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Trock wrote:I've read several tips and all say that no epoxy is truly safe on a cutting board.
Works for an area you know the knifes will not cut into it though.

Agree with Potzmannwoodshop, a reduction in the detail, replace some of the thin lines with stylized wider paths, be creative. Cold be cool.

Best Luck

There are several direct food contact, FDA approved epoxies on the market. There is at least one that is completely organic. Absolutely no VOC's, no chemicals, etc.

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I wouldn't be cutting on the "pretty side" anyway!

I would cut food on the plain backside only so I don't destroy the design.
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Thanks this helps
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Wood filler (Minwax) can be used on end grain as well as regular grain.
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Post by MTSO »

I think you might be surprised at the sort of detail you can get with a v-carve inlay. Have a look at mtmwood and his inlayed cutting boards, the main problem with end grain v carving is having the male inlay chipping with the finer detail. I find that by reducing the cutting angle to say 30 degrees on fine detail your inlay has more depth and better glue area (also easier to chip I suppose).
Practice pieces are always the best way of testing your designs.

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Im with Brian

I did this with 30 degree vbit

http://forum.vectric.com/viewtopic.php? ... lit=aussie

(If you have a look you can see the cross at the top of the crown )

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