Wow inlays are hard >.< I don't want to talk about it
By - thewayoftoday
Wow I really thought that inlay was going to be a dick
I was also disappointed
They're much harder if you do it after the neck is fretted!
Lol yeah. In what sense, though? I took off three frets to do it and then put them back on. Wasn't so bad.
Well, usually you do it before the fretboard is radiused, fretted or attached to the neck. I appreciate that's not an option for a guitar that's already built.
Yes. I don't yet have the space or tools to make necks, unfortunately. But I do have a radius sanding block so I was able to hit it with that a bit after I was done.
They are hard! It might be easier to take out the bulk of material with your router and sneak up on your final line with an exacto or small chisel.
That's so true. I'm going to do exactly that on my next goaround. And that means I get to buy and learn to use a chisel!
The one thing that I have learned about chisels. The pointy bit goes in the wood.
Now as easy as it goes in skin, it's understandable why someone, who shall remain myself, might think otherwise. But just trust me pointy bit... Wood.
I know what you mean. I made that mistake many times before I had a nice workbench/vices. Shoes are advised when working with pointy things too, so I am told.
For the next one try a pair of those goofy-looking magnifying head lenses and instead of using a pencil, scratch your line with a scalpel or other sharp-tipped blade.
Try cutting the lines first with a chisel and an exacto knife to keep them crisp and set your first router depth as shallow as possible. It will be easier to control the router and not let it bite and push itself around as much.
You are correct though, it is hard. The times when you are free handing and it just shoves itself into the line you are cutting and it's already too late and you make an angry noise.
Could you make a routing template using the cutout? It seems like it might be easier to delineate the inside of the borders rather than the outside.
But to make the router won't I have to cut along the outsides? If I understand you right
Trace the cutout onto your template material, then remove the inside material slowly and carefully, and if you fuck it up, start over and try again. Much easier this way.
Get skilled on practice scrap wood.
Hahaha I feel your pain!
did a couple years ago that came out pretty good. but mine were on ebony. I would think its much easier to hide the edges with ebony than maple.