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A quick tap with my tiny brass hammer drives the rod in very nicely.
Now, I'll carefully slice off the excess with a razor blade, taking multiple shavings until the rod is just flush with the surface:
A quick sanding with 1000-grit waterproof paper and a hardwood block will level my inlay and the surrounding finish:
After a quick buffing or hand polishing, it's really difficult to tell that the inlay was done after the instrument was finished:
If I chip the finish when drilling, I'll use cyanoacrylate glue to seat the inlay instead of white or yellow glue. The next day, I can trim, level and buff just as normal, and the cyanoacrylate will appear to be part of the original finish.
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