Making a simple inlay

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Blog entry by GaryK posted 05-19-2008 10:03 PM 2379 reads 7 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s the technique I used to make the inlay in the TV Stand that I recently posted.
First you need to make a little jig like you would for finger/box joints.

Then make a cut and then move the cut you just made over the piece of wood on your jig.


Then flip it over, center it between two cuts and do it again

Then you glue in small pieces of wood into the cuts and then bandsaw cut off the inlays.

Here you can see two different inlay woods. It all depends on the effect you are going for.

You can vary the thickness and spacing of the cuts to suit your vision.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#1 posted 05-19-2008 10:15 PM

very smart, thanks for sharing!

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#2 posted 05-19-2008 10:17 PM

thanks for sharing Gary!

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#3 posted 05-19-2008 10:23 PM

Tks for sharing Gary….did you also create the zero clearance insert for your table saw?

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#4 posted 05-19-2008 10:28 PM

Great job!

Thanks for the post


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#5 posted 05-19-2008 11:38 PM

Thanks for the info Gary.

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#6 posted 05-19-2008 11:58 PM

Cool, way to think up another ingenious idea.

-- Tyler, Illinois

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#7 posted 05-20-2008 12:06 AM

Great technique! A bit advanced for me, but I’ll definitely keep it in mind.

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#8 posted 05-20-2008 01:13 AM

Very clever. Will have to try this one!

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#9 posted 05-20-2008 01:17 AM

How ingenious Gary, you never cease to amaze me. I love it!
Thanks !


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#10 posted 05-20-2008 01:27 AM

Gary, this is a great way to make inlays. There are all kinds of possibilities with this technique.

Thanks for sharing this.

Did you use a tablesaw blade with a top flat grind? The fit on the contrasting filler looks real clean.

-- Martin, Kansas

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#11 posted 05-20-2008 01:51 AM

Martin – I use an ATB blade. After I apply glue I tap the pieces in the slot with a hammer which seem to
flatten any peak created by the cut.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#12 posted 05-20-2008 02:03 AM

Nice job Gary. And great explanation.

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#13 posted 05-20-2008 03:35 AM

Very good… I figured it’d be something simple…

Thank you.

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#14 posted 05-20-2008 03:55 AM

nice posting and the inlay looks really good on you project posting too

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#15 posted 05-20-2008 04:15 AM

How do you perfectly cut those little pieces?

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