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    Not sure if this is the right place to put this. Here is what this novice has been working at for few days. The vase was with my old dremel and the inlays with my really quiet Ex16 that cam in Wednesday. Wow what a difference.

    On the inlay, I was confused about tilt. I could not get pieces to fit. Not even close. Read and re-read directions and the inlay challange comments and making those little box cutouts. I had totally missed the association between tilt and cut direction (cw or ccw) and one of the posts mentioned it. I finally got that straight and did a duck inlay in both directions. The one with hole in beak was 1st one that I did. I just used some plywood on these for practice. I do plan on doing one completely with real wood.
    I think I dulled 1 blade doing these 2. Is that possible (#5pgt-Olsen)?

    This was lot harder than I thought and a lot of fun.

    Great site & great info.
    Thanks,
    Regis
    An old beginner leaping in.

    Pleased with my new EX-16.

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    RegisG, Like the vase.The darker one looks better then my one and only inlay. If you hold the eages to a belt sander you can make them roulder. Lance

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    • #3
      Regis, blades will only last 15 to 30 minutes. Depending on what type of wood you are cutting. Plywood is tough on blades because of the glue between the layers. When you have to push on the blade to get it to cut it is time to change to a fresh blade. Some blades in the same pack seem to last for a long time, others will get dull quick. Try the blades from Mike's Workshop English featuring: my life story, a cancer survivor, scrollsawing samples and tips, community service, list of favorite sites and Flying Dutchman fretsaw blades for sale. You will like them.
      Mick, - Delta P-20

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      • #4
        You did nice job.
        "Still Montana Mike"

        "Don't worry about old age--it doesn't last that long."
        Mike's Wood-n-Things LLC

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        • #5
          The more you do it, the more it makes sense, and it does get easier....
          (Having an EX-16 means tilting the head to the right, (rather than tilting the table down to the left).)
          Jim

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          • #6
            Originally posted by JimSawyer View Post
            The more you do it, the more it makes sense, and it does get easier....
            (Having an EX-16 means tilting the head to the right, (rather than tilting the table down to the left).)
            Yep, I know tilt now. I started with head right tilt from 1.5 - 6 degrees until I read discussion you had with someone about tilt & direction. For whatever reason I had glossed over cut direction on the instructions. And now I know.

            Thanks all,
            Regis
            An old beginner leaping in.

            Pleased with my new EX-16.

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            • #7
              But now that you've climbed that mountain, you're better prepared for it in the future.
              So will there be more inlay in your future???

              By the way nice work...!!!
              I saved your finished photo for the second wave of ducks that I hope to see after the holidays...
              Jim

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              No task is too tedious for Art.
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              • #8
                Jim. Yes, you'll see more inlay from me. But, I like fret some and want to do plenty of intarsia. Because I don't need to get production speeds, I hope that I can work all 3 areas as inspiration drives. Right now though, it's basics & basics and getting those turns clean.
                Thanks,
                Regis
                An old beginner leaping in.

                Pleased with my new EX-16.

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                • #9
                  Nice work on the inlay. I haven't tried any myself yet. I might have to look into it though.
                  Don't bother with role models and hero's. Just be yourself. Unless yourself is just too much trouble for you to handle.

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