Tagua Nut Inlay Process

There are a lot of questions about how I process tagua nuts (vegetable ivory) into slices for laser cut tagua inlay so I made a video about how I do it. I’m doing this for inlay into musical instruments (banjos and guitars).

Basically, my tagua nut processing for inlay is to use a bandsaw to cut thin slices (0.070 thick). I hold the irregularly shaped nut by hot-gluing it to a piece of mdf and index by 1/8″ each cut which makes the slices about 0.070 thick.

The process is to use CA glue to install the inlay into the carrier material then sand. My DIY Hardwax Oil is then applied to give a great finish to it.

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