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Wood Engraved Handles
Posted by: Ed Kramer (---.hrbgpa.fios.verizon.net)
Date: September 13, 2022 01:36PM

I am thinking of making some wooden handles that are etched with a CNC machine. I would like to highlite the etchings by filling them with a contrasting color.

1. What would you use to fill in the etchings, paint, ink, tinted epoxy, or something other?
2. How do you prevent the filler from bleeding over into/onto other areas of the handle?
3. What would you apply for an overall finish to seal the handle and the etchings?

Thanks!

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Re: Wood Engraved Handles
Posted by: Tom Kirkman (Moderator)
Date: September 13, 2022 02:17PM

I can't recall the exact issue off the top of my head, but RodMaker did an article on this very thing. InLace is a great product for this. Once you have the engraving complete, you fill the cavities with the InLace and once set you sand it smooth to the grip level. The InLace itself is quite durable and doesn't need any protection. You can finish the handle with any quality wood finish, oil, etc.

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Re: Wood Engraved Handles
Posted by: Robert A. Guist (---.res6.spectrum.com)
Date: September 13, 2022 05:41PM

Hi Ed & Tom.

Is this what you are looking for?
V/I---------Name------------------------------Author-------------Page
18/5 Inlace, Solid Turning Stock. By Tom Kirkman. 22
18/3 Inlace, The Liquid Inlay! By Tom Kirkman. 22



Tight Wraps & Tighter Lines.

Bob,

New Bern, NC.

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Re: Wood Engraved Handles
Posted by: Tom Kirkman (Moderator)
Date: September 13, 2022 07:45PM

Thanks, Bob. With over 2000 custom rod building articles over these past 25 years I forget just how much ground we've covered. The 18-3 issue is the one that uses Inlace in a grip.

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Re: Wood Engraved Handles
Posted by: Ed Kramer (---.hrbgpa.fios.verizon.net)
Date: September 14, 2022 10:06AM

Thank you for the responses. Very helpful.

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Re: Wood Engraved Handles
Posted by: Robert Flowers (---.res6.spectrum.com)
Date: September 15, 2022 05:55PM

Wou;d wood burning be another option? Torch the engraved wooden handle, then sand to get the natural wood color, leaving the darker, scorched color in the recessed lines of the engraving. Just a thought/

Tight Lies and frisky fish

RJF

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