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Forum topic by Ivan posted 07-15-2010 08:53 PM 1096 views 1 time favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-15-2010 08:53 PM

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Hello All,

I am thinking of adding some inlay to my work and was thinking that it might be a good way to ‘cover up’ knots in wood. Thinking that wood likes to move, and an inlay that is the full thickness might have different movement, what would you recommend for the maximum thickness of an inlaid piece?

Would you say that 1/2 the thickness is max or should I think of this as veneer and not exceed 1/8”?

Inlaying in a wood that will move and not veneering over a stable platform (MDF) makes me worry that the inlay will eventually be torn apart by the ‘host’ wood or pushed out due to seasonal movement.



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#1 posted 07-15-2010 09:12 PM

Depends on the detail of the piece. For example folks will put in butterfly keys for splits and they are usually the full thickness. If one were looking to inlay a detailed piece, like leaves and rose petals, I would stick to depth/thickness of ~1/8 inch, If I were covering a knot, I would fill with Epoxy first then route/chisel for the inlay.

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#2 posted 07-16-2010 05:54 AM

The inlay I use for the plaques I make or on trophies is about 1/4” and I have had no problems…

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#3 posted 07-16-2010 03:38 PM

Thanks, I was concerned about the inlaid pieces being too thin and if the floor needs to be redone then they will be torn out or sanded through.

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