VCarve inlay made on Shapeoko 3XXL

My first VCarve inlay. Walnut board with maple sunburst.

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Gorgeous work!

What software did you use?
Any tips you would be willing to share? you obviously know what you are doing! :smile:

Thank you!

I did it with Vectric Vcarve Pro. I used a 60 degree vee bit with 1/8" endmill for clearing. Walnut (female cut) has a 0.2" DOC, the maple (male cut) takes the same design and mirrors it. Then it has a 0.18 start depth and 0.02 DOC with the same 60 degree vee and 1/8" endmill. Lots of glue in all the cuts on both pieces, stick them together and clamp for 24 hours. When the clamps come off I run it through a surfacing to remove most of the maple. I then sanded the rest with 40, 80, 120, 180 and 300 grit paper. Finished with mineral oil and paste wax.

Let me know if you want more details

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Thanks for the info! How fast do you like to run your 60 dg vbits in maple? I have so much maple (rough/slab) piling up in my shop. I need to start doing something with it.

Gorgeous work indeed! Thanks for sharing.

Normally I would go pretty quick, but in this case, because I wanted to be sure the pointed ends were intact, I slowed it down to 35 ipm.

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Very nice work. I like the walnut and maple together.

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That is beautiful. I’m still a newbie, but someday, I’d like to get into inlays and figuring this stuff out. I need someone in Phoenix that would just let me watch how they do it.