What wood type is appropriate for creating custom inlays?

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Forum topic by jakenh posted 04-15-2016 04:14 PM 515 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-15-2016 04:14 PM

Topic tags/keywords: wood type inlay wood selection

For example, I want to create an inlays of my fiancee’s initials for a cutting board I am making for her. For the inlay pieces, however, I’m not sure what wood I should use. Because I am a slight beginner and don’t have many tools I will be using a jigsaw to cut the inlays out and a plunge router to make the inlay-points on the actual cutting board.

Which wood types would be appropriate for creating these inlays? I know they’ll need to be relatively thin, but that’s all I know.

-- Jaken Herman

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#1 posted 04-18-2016 05:14 PM

I’m not an expert by any means, but I would think that you can use any type of wood you want for an inlay; and as far as thickness goes, it just needs to be thinner than your overall thickness. If you have a 3/4” cutting board, you could use an inlay that is 1/4” thick without too much trouble, even a 1/2” would work. You just have to make sure your jigsaw and router work is very precise.

I would recommend using a smaller router bit than needed and finishing the route with a chisel to get it exact.

-- Derek ~ Omaha, NE

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#2 posted 04-19-2016 12:23 PM

I suggest that you consider “Double bevel inlay” using a scroll saw. I do a lot of it and it is quick and easy.

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#3 posted 04-19-2016 02:32 PM

Yep – - pretty much any wood.
I would avoid softwood… you can also do do colored epoxy inlay.

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