Here are the steps I use to create the pattern for the Intarsia.
I start by printing a color copy of the subject photo to 8” x 10”. Using carbon paper and a # 7 mechanical pencil I trace all of the outlines and details onto a sheet of paper.
The inside dimensions of the box lid are 5” x 6” so using Word, I create a rectangle with those measurements. The oval is done using the same process with the dimensions of 4” x 5” which will allow 1/2” on the sides of the background. I cut and paste the oval into the rectangle. At this point I make a few trial and error copies of the subject reducing it until it fits into the oval. Cut and paste into position. A little hand drawing to bring all of the lines to the edges of the oval and I now have a pattern. Simple but effective.
Next step—A Little Intarsia
-- Mike --www.midlothianwoodworks.com