Delicate v-carve inlays

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I’ve been making some very delicate inlays…some of the plug materials end up being as thin as .01". So I have a few questions that might help make this more successful

  1. Is there a sweet spot for v-bit angles? I’m using a 22 degree bit now…would a 15 degree or even 6 degree tapered bull nose be better?

  2. Does the maker of the bit matter? I’m using SPE bits from Amazon now. They are about $15 US. Would a much more expensive bit from Amana or IDC woodcraft matter?

  3. The most impressive inlay work on YouTube seems to use endgrain carves exclusively. Is the endgrain more stable for the extremely delicate work? Do you get fewer fuzzies after the carve with endgrain?

Don’t know about the best angles, I use 6 degree and it works for me, bit brand, I use SPE and have used Amana, same geometry and I get the same results with either, not for inlay but intricate parts like chess pieces using my Rotary, the parts need little to no sanding with the correct step over. Doing very thin inlay pieces would work better with endgrain as you will find that the inlay piece will chip off or break off in certain grain orientation, I know this from experience but endgrain adds a lot of work to a project.
Thanks, Pat

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End grain has less ‘splintering’. I use a 6.2 TBN. I know some people will do their v carve before their clearing bit to give the V Carve more 'stability". I have not done one as fine as yours, but one day. :slight_smile:

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