One of the techniques that I use for small intarsia is using pieces that I segment from one larger piece to use as the pattern for the actual pieces for the intarsia. In this case , using a #3/0 blade I do the cut out of the subject as one piece then segment that into individual pieces
In the next photo, I have segmented the pieces for the doggy and have selected the wood according to color and grain. I have chosen 3/8” Apple wood for the body because of the very tight grain and the light tan color.
Laying the pieces aside, I adhere a piece of label paper to the wood blank and trace each piece according to my layout. Over to the scroll saw where I have added a zero clearance top (1/4” plywood) and start cutting out the pieces. I stay just inside the line on my cuts.
When doing these small Intarsia pieces, I find that it is easier to do the shaping and sanding as I go. I use my dremel tool with a 1/2” drum sander for most of my shaping and finish by hand sanding with 220 then 320 grit paper. If there are any carving lines, I do these before I peel off the paper pattern.
For the head of the puppy, I used a piece of 3/8” mahogany. Again I use the piece from the original segmented subject to trace onto the label paper. Cut , fit and shape.
So here is the puppy with all of the pieces in place except for the eye, nose and mouth. I have applied one coat of poly( spray on wipe off) to see the actual colors and also to see if any more shaping needs to be done.
More to come-stay tuned
-- Mike --www.midlothianwoodworks.com