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 Post subject: End Grain for Rosette
PostPosted: Thu Mar 30, 2017 4:13 pm 
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Do any members have any experience using endgrain oriented wood for rosettes? I have some spalted maple cutoffs that I'm toying with.
Here is a piece that I've glued up a while back and I now am sort of concerned that trying to level it to the soundboard will be somewhat of a bad experiece. I don't think it will scrape too well.
I know that if it is inset just a tad below the soundboard then it would be easier to level the SB to the rosette.
Thanks in advance.
Kim


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 31, 2017 11:06 pm 
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I flood the spalted stuff with CA. You can test it on some scrap first to make sue it does not stain. Then I have no issues leveling it. I think a rosette like that would look really good.

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John, I like to use the CA as well for beefing up punky spalted wood. This piece had a case of bug holes that I filled with man made crushed turquoise. The more I looked at it the more I didn't like it so I've set it aside for something that will go better with the walnut back, sides and peghead veneer. Thanks for the tips


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That is really sharp. A real elegant look.

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John, thanks and I agree. The new one is more of what I was hoping to obtain on my first build. The spalted one kept shouting "I'm a giraffe" over and over. The walnut rosette, although not end grain, is figured, old and hard, so sanding it was still not a breeze. I haven't started my top yet so I will have to be careful to route the rosette channel a bit deeper than the rosette so I can bring the top thickness down to meet the surface of the inlay.
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The turquoise fill lights my fire, actually. Provides a nice small scale detail by turning a "defect" into an asset.

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John, I hear you on that subject.

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