Triangular Hummingbird Table

The table shown here is made from South American mahogany and maple. The hummingbird inlays where cut on my CNC machine. The last photo shows the male and pocket parts of the inlay. The two pieces are glued together and the excess maple material is sanded away leaving the hummingbird inlay. The table is finished with three coats of General Finishes Arm-R-Seal Urethane Topcoat and one coat of wax.
The overall dimensions of the table are 16” x 16” (table top) and 23” tall.

Roger

Roger

Very cool Roger

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If anyone is interested, this is the method I followed to inlay the hummingbirds:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d4992bEoNYI
The hummingbird image is also available from Vectric.
Roger

Roger

Nice table. So you sand off the excess maple? That must be a delicate process. With my neanderthal sanding techniques I’d gouge the surrounding table top. How do you keep it nice and flat? Just being gentle or is there some other trick? I’m interested not because I plan to do cnc inlays, but rather because I have had issues sanding joints across different materials or end/edge grain, etc. Maybe I’m just a neanderthal myself.

Losing fingers since 1969

Brian,
I remove most of the material with a random orbital sander. To avoid uneven sanding in the next step of the process I use a 1/3 sheet of sand paper and a maple block. The large maple block tends to prevent uneven sanding of the end /edge grain or woods of different hardness.
Roger

Roger

Thanks. I knew I was doing it the neanderthal way. ;-)

Losing fingers since 1969