Desktop Inlay

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Project by FloridaArt posted 07-29-2018 01:38 PM 818 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

June, 2018 – Shown is the top of a very old desk. The challenge was to do something about those ugly filled holes in the second photo. I made an inlay in a contrasting wood and then applied multiple coats of Minwax stain over the desktop. There is a similar set of holes on the other corner of the desk, so the two inlays are symmetrical.

I don’t do inlays too often so this was a bit nerve-racking. I used the standard router kit for inlays with a 1/8-inch bit. First step is to make a pattern from some MDF. Then the pattern is used to cut out the inlay and the void for the inlay.

-- Art | Bradenton, Florida

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#1 posted 07-29-2018 01:53 PM

Another great project. Sure wish we were neighbors – I’d enjoy working on projects together.
Thanks for sharing and inspiring me to get back to the shop.

-- Jack, Atlanta

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#2 posted 07-29-2018 02:16 PM

Could you go in to a bit more detail about how you created and used that template?

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#3 posted 07-29-2018 02:32 PM

To Gene (and anyone else wanting to know details about using the inlay kit): Here is a 90-second video that is more informative than anything I could write here: The kit can be purchased from Harbor Freight for low cost. Your router might need a new base plate if it lacks a hole large enough to accommodate the jig. (I happened to have a base plate that was just the right size.)

-- Art | Bradenton, Florida

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#4 posted 07-29-2018 03:49 PM

Thanks for the info, have to look into doing a test piece and seeing how it comes out. One day… LOL

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#5 posted 07-29-2018 05:33 PM

This is nice work, Art.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#6 posted 07-30-2018 10:15 AM

Inlays take a lot of time and patients. Sharp tools too.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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