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 Post subject: Ivory Inlay Substitute
PostPosted: Fri Aug 17, 2018 11:00 pm 
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I found this idea on the web and had to try it out. Said to be a good sub for ivory, and it definitely has that creamy off white color. No grain however. You can find this material in many places that serve Guinness. Should be obvious what it is.


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 18, 2018 7:09 am 
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Bob Gleason wrote:
I found this idea on the web and had to try it out. Said to be a good sub for ivory, and it definitely has that creamy off white color. No grain however. You can find this material in many places that serve Guinness. Should be obvious what it is.


Guess I need to get out more to pubs. I flunked the obviousness test. Looks interesting though. I've been using David Warther's substitute Resin-Ivory+S(tm) which has grain lines. Looks good but probably more $$ than the Guinness solution.


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PostPosted: Sun Aug 19, 2018 4:59 am 
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I play at places that serve Guinness, and also drink it, and don't know what that is either. My only concern might be shrinking and cracking, as has happened with many old Gretsch bindings. (Obviously that can be defeated, look at all the old Gibsons out there with perfect binding.)


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PostPosted: Sun Aug 19, 2018 12:31 pm 
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O.K., The answer is, it's a cue ball. As to shrinkage, I can't answer that yet. Cue balls can be found cheaply on eBay and they come in a variety of white and off white colors. The first resaw cut, which was to cut it in half, was a little difficult to figure out. After that I glue the halves to a backing board, ran that against the fence, and it sliced up nicely.


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PostPosted: Sun Aug 19, 2018 12:46 pm 
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LOL, mystery resolved and, yes, obvious now. I would think cue ball resin to be very stable (and shock proof, to boot). Very resourceful inlay material find. :-)


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PostPosted: Sun Aug 19, 2018 9:03 pm 
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Bob Gleason wrote:
O.K., The answer is, it's a cue ball.


That means it's phenolic resin, which is also what industrial countertops are often made of. Durability shouldn't be a problem. That also gives you an idea where you might be able to get it in sheets.


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