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    Post by jds6 Wed Feb 13, 2013 8:38 am

    Greetings all,

    I have started a build ( for the wife, go figure) which will have a bone inlay table and bone inlay from the nut to the butt of the tiller, I have already finished the chisel work and ready for the bone scales. Recieved the bone scales and to my surprise, they are rounded! ( first time to use bone). Now is where the questions come in. Do I sand them down before I set them in, or can a set them and do the sanding after to make sure they are flush?
    Really need advice on this one guys! Thanks in advance

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    Post by Lien93 Wed Feb 13, 2013 9:08 am

    It's easier to use flat bone plates, but the procedure is the same. what i do is just gluing everything in place and trimming it down afterwards. an electric plane is exelent for smoothing down bone plates as it also polishes them as you cut.
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    Post by jds6 Wed Feb 13, 2013 10:06 am

    Thanks for the info. What is the best way to glue them down, epoxy?

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    Post by Lien93 Wed Feb 13, 2013 10:39 am

    I use epoxy, but make shure you rough up the surfaces really good before you glue
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    Post by jds6 Wed Feb 13, 2013 11:25 am

    Thanks Lien

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    Post by stoneagebowyer Thu Feb 14, 2013 5:32 am

    jds, I would recommend a hand held belt sander after you glue to bone down. I use rasps and files to get the bone close to the height it needs to be, then sanding after. You should not skip wearing a respirator and doing the work in a place with lots of ventilation, as bone dust will be everywhere. You will be covered in stinky white powder after. Don't go out dancing right after doing this work Smile You will be shunned.
    As Lien said, two part epoxy will work fine. That is what I use.
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    Post by jds6 Thu Feb 14, 2013 6:31 am

    Thanks Dane,
    How about a fine polish on the bone. Will using fine grit sandpaper do the job?

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    Post by Taxus Thu Feb 14, 2013 6:49 am

    To bring up a nice shine I used 0000 (the finest type) wire wool as I found the sandpaper alone left a fairly dull finish.
    After using the wire wool go over it with a soft cloth to further polish the bone to a really nice finish.
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    Post by jds6 Thu Feb 14, 2013 8:11 am

    Thanks for the info

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    Post by Lien93 Thu Feb 14, 2013 8:18 am

    just use a scraper to polish the bone its much quicker and its a lot cleaner

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