1. Paul
    Really nice effect.
    A suggestion on how to easily remove a stuck inlay before gluing: use a thin dental floss inside the socket side of the inlay. Two pieces at 90 degrees to each other. Gently tugging up will release the inlay. For a more complex pattern, more sections of floss.
    As a retired dentist this is what we did in the good old days to get a excellent fit on a gold crown or inlay. With new ceramic materials a huge margin of error is built in so very little if any adjustment is needed.

  2. Hi Paul,

    Looks like a fun project. Question: This looks a a project where a skew chisel might have been handy. I’ve not seen you use one, at least not yet, in any of your projects. Is there a reason for this? I’d like to know your thoughts.

    1. Hi Harold,

      Paul says:
      I do have some that I made but have never found them of any real value. When I was working on the stars and inlay, I had one less than two feet from my hands, so that should tell you what I feel about them!


  3. Thanks for sharing this masterpiece, Paul. Not only does this tutorial feels very satisfying, but also is motivating and inspiring. This for sure is another very beautiful and helpful information for us viewer to take away.

  4. Bill, I would guess that Paul wanted to show that you could do this with just the poor man’s router, this video is a free to view video and will have a much wider viewing audience than the paid for masterclass videos.

  5. Is it just me, but I was watching so intently and was so engrossed that as Paul was gently teasing out the wood, I found myself blowing at the screen to get rid of the little fibres just before he did…. it was just like being there. Can’t wait to try this out myself. A really nice gentle calming little project to while away an hour or two.

  6. Another great video. Paul, this will alarm you but while I was fairly proud of my first effort with this, there are a couple of sides that didn’t close up quite as tightly as yours. What do you recommend as a remedial step for this? I am working with cherry and padauk on a walnut field and I think it is going to look good – especially if there is something that I can do to visually close up a couple of the joints just a wee bit. I am sure that there are others in this same boat.
    Thanks for the great instructionals.

  7. Oh Paul you are so clever. I could never do this…..last part of vid with beautiful music brought memories flooding back of our Greek holidays together….my dear wife now has dementia.

    Thank you Paul for all you have given me…..best John2V

  8. An excellent and fascinating demonstration. Many thanks.

    You may wish to correct this previous reply, ” Izzy BergerTeam Member on 4 February 2021 at 4:06 pm

    Paul says:
    This is 100mm ( ⅜”). So this too determines the size of the star you want.


    I think you must have meant 10 mm. (100 mm is around 4″).

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