I started out the weekend at a local seller (he sells reclaimed wood and parts, live edge wood, and pretty much a household flea market) for inspiration. I found a couple of pieces to play with. A cutting board was my idea for the smaller piece hidden under the giant slab.
The piece I wanted to use was a bit too narrow so I thought I would insert (spline in) a strip walnut to make it wider but the walnut was 1/16" thinner than the main piece so… Wait I bought some exotic 1/16" veneer that @evansd2 recommended from Kim Oberlin and I always liked the cube pattern made with 60-120deg diamonds.
I picked three exotics that look nice together and made a bunch of 60-120deg diamonds on the Glowforge. So an inlay was added to the project
Wenge, Padauk, and Bloodwood.
gluing on some end cap so I don’t have to make the splined end grain look pretty.
I didn’t use the Glowforge for everything in the project but it was instrumental in making the inlay diamonds, my signature, and one thing that I will most likely try to use in other projects. I don’t have photos but I used the GF to pinpoint the handles. It was pretty simple to draw 2mm disks separated by the distance from center to center of the screw holes for the handles. I put the piece in the Glowforge, positioned the holes where I wanted the handles, and engraved deeply in to the wood to make a starter pilot hole for my drill. They were positioned perfectly.
And the finished piece. The inlay would never hold up for a cutting board so in the end it is a serving tray / art piece. I finished it with a few coats of Wipe-on Poly. I’m very happy with the way it turned out.
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