Step 14: Pearl inlay for headstock
I ended up being able to cut all of the letters out of one piece of the 1 3/16” X 2” pearl stock.
PEARL INTO EBONY: I had never inlayed anything before, so the step of inlaying the pearl into the ebony was extremely time consuming. I went to the web for a bunch of reading to learn more about this process. I spot glued the letters to the ebony and traced around them with a sharp razor blade tip. I removed the letters with the razor; and then, by using a very small dremel bit and my magnifying headset, I spent about 40 minutes per letter slowly routing out the lettering with the dremel to a depth slightly less than the thickness of the pearl. Once that was done, I sanded down some ebony scraps to create ebony dust and mixed it with some clear epoxy. Then I put some of the epoxy mix under the letters and clamped them down into the ebony, and let it sit until dry.
EBONY INLAY INTO HEADSTOCK: I designed the shape of the ebony to inlay into the headstock and created a drawing and toolpaths to cut the headstock pocket. I sanded down the thickness of the ebony to about 1/8” and mounted it to the CNC table with the carpet tape and then cut out the shape. Using the same drawing as used for the headstock pocket, I offset the line by .005” and used it to cut the pocket in the headstock at slightly less depth than the ebony. I used more of the epoxy to glue the ebony into the headstock pocket and clamped. After it was dry, I sanded the pearl and ebony down to the level of the headstock.