This photo shows one of the tricks to use when working with small pieces. If I have lots of pieces that have to be precisely placed together it is best to arrange them on the pattern as they are shaped and sanded and glue them together to form a larger unit. I start by taping clear plastic wrap over my tracing pattern and glue one piece over the corresponding section of the pattern. Apply white glue to the bottom edge of the next piece and place on the pattern. Do this until all the pieces of the unit are glued together within the lines of the pattern
After the glue has set up, peel the completed unit from the plastic as shown in the next photo.
One of the most important tools used to create intarsia is the moto tool. I use it for shaping, sanding and carving. Mine is equipped with a 36” flex shaft which makes it easy to work into tight areas. I made this custom foot switch to control my moto tool .Why buy it when you can build it!!
The next photo shows a jig that I made to help when I resaw my stock. It is self adjusting and spring loaded and helps to keep the stock tight to the fence. Helps to make nice uniform cuts.
Well so far I have cut ,sanded shaped and fit over 150 pieces from 13 different woods to create this intarsia. I still have more shaping and a few more pieces to cut and then go thru and replace a few pieces that don’t fit quite right. Once that is done I will discuss how to glue it all to the backboard and apply the finish.
-- Mike --www.midlothianwoodworks.com