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This is a small walnut bowl with maple and purpleheart inlays. I turn a flat surface at the rim area, then use my router and indexing setup to cut v-grooves. Then I glue in short square rips of contrasting wood and turn flush again.

Walnut bowl with maple and purpleheart rim inlays.

I made my own horizontal router and indexing wheel setup, thinking I would make fluted bowls.

After completing a few of them, I sort of disliked the extra sanding detail they required.

Maple and purpleheart wood inlays in a walnut wood bowl.

I realized that instead of a round-over bit, I could use a 45 degree V-bit, glue in contrasting wood, then turn flush again. (with no extra sanding)

Out of my laziness and dislike of sanding, my inlay bowls were a new woodturning frontier for me.

A walnut wood turned bowl with purpleheart and maple rim inlay pieces.

It’s been a lot of fun trying different woods, patterns, and styles. This one is walnut with maple and purpleheart.

Artist: Pete Meyer

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