The Flower Box
Maple with Cherry, Mahogany, and Thuya inlay
As I was laying in bed trying to go to sleep
one night, I got a fancy to try some
inlay. So, I got on the net that night
and found out everything I could about inlaying,
which wasn't a whole lot.
According to what I found Inlay and it's close
cousin Marquetry are typically done with very
thin sheets of venier (or mother of pearl, metal, plastic,
or some other such thing). However, I didn't have any
venier laying around, and my mind kept running
to making it with the materials I had at hand.
So, my method of inlay turns out to be to use
1/8" (fairly thick) pieces of wood set into patterns
I route out of the base with the dremel.
The inlaid pieces are 1/8" and the top is 1/4" thick, so the inlay
goes about halfway thru the wood. The box itself was made from a
solid piece Maple. First I slice the top and bottom
off, then I cut a hole out for the inside. The box is reconstructed
by gluing the bottom back on. In this case I repeated the
process to create the two internal trays ... they are cut
from the same piece of wood.
Each piece of the inlay is cut using a pattern, and then
hand fitted using sandpaper and the dremel tool. When
everything lines up ok, the pieces are glued in and the
box is finish-sanded.
The blue lining was created using a Suede-Tex mini-flocker,
which worked reasonably well, but is kind of finicky to work with.
Overall, though, I'd say it came out pretty well.