Before I start the inlay work I have to make the frame so these are the steps required for this process. My walnut frame stock has been sized to the inside perimeter of the pattern. In this photo I have set the router to make a 1/4” groove 1/4”deep,1/8” from the back to accept the backboard.
[ 1/4” luan plywood ]
In this next photo I have set the router to make a 1/4” groove 1/8” deep in the center of the frame face.
This next photo shows the frame dry fit to check for fit and square.
The next photo shows that I have glued the accents in and cutting flush with miters.
Photo of glued up frame
This next photo shows the finished frame after finish sanding and first coat of wipe on poly. I like to cut a pattern and lay in the frame to use as a reference as I add the cut pieces of the intarsia.
Now we’re ready to have some fun.