I hope this hasn’t been covered before. It is a technique that I designed myself but it can’t be original. If you’ve looked at my projects you’ll know that I like to play with veneers and inlays. The way I do it is a little different. I use a standard cheap ($30 ) router inlay bushing set, but instead of spending a lot of time “grounding out” the field piece I cut both the inlay and the field out of thick (1/8” +or-), shop-cut veneer. This is where the inlay – marquetry line blurs a bit. I am making the assumption that the viewer understands the normal use of these router inlay sets.
The pros of this system are:
1) that you can quickly and easily do large inlays that either would present problems by being larger than your router base or would take forever to ground out.
2) you can use larger field pieces than you could double bevel cut on your scroll saw
3) you run no chance of ruining the field, which in a complex, picture style, layered piece would be a disaster. You can ruin the inlay piece itself but it can be redone with no damage to the already completed work.
The cons are: You will need a vacuum bag. This is not much of a problem however as you can make one like mine from scratch or from a kit for a few hundred dollars.
Here are some examples that would be difficult to do any other way.
The process of building an inlaid base for a ShopSmith 10 ER is explained in this web album:
Please feel free to ask questions.
Thanks for viewing
-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees. http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/