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Old 04-22-2006, 07:42 PM
Ray Cover Ray Cover is offline
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Default Re: How to make a punch for gold inlay?

I've tried using power to inlay gold before and did not like it. I usually taper that 3/16 brass rod till it has a face that is about 1/16 or a little smaller.

Some guys might like the powertools for seating gold and I certainly would not discourage anyone from trying it.

For me one swift rap from the hammer seats fully and solidly. Its also easier for me to control. The gold also has no time to work harden when you seat it in one hit. On the other hand if it takes 100 micro hits it does have the chance to get hard before it is seated. Line inlay also has less chance to creep or walk down the channel when seated with one quick tap.

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