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Round Wood Inlay

by docspencer
posted 08-09-2016 03:15 PM

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#1 posted 08-09-2016 03:25 PM

Your inlay will have a hole in the center if you user a piloted hole saw. The wall thickness is typically 1/16”+- so 1/8” smaller dia should work. However your edges may be very rough.


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#2 posted 08-09-2016 03:55 PM

I agree with Mark that the hole saw will leave a very rough edge on the inlay piece, even more likely to be problematic if you remove the pilot bit.

Maybe Paul (LumberJock Shipwright) can provide a better method since he is a true expert in veneering and inlay…

Good Luck and

Be Careful!


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#3 posted 08-09-2016 10:09 PM

I do not know how thick the inlay is but I have used Whiteside’s router inlay kit to inlay bow ties and other inlays that were as thin as 1/16’’.

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#4 posted 08-09-2016 10:14 PM

I’m with Gerald – use a router with templates/bushings to get a virtually perfect fit.


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#5 posted 08-10-2016 04:10 AM

+1 on the inlay bushing set. Doesn’t have to be an expensive one. It will give you a perfect fit.
All the inlays in these projects were done with that kind of set. I think mine cost about $15.

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#6 posted 08-10-2016 05:07 PM

1+ inlay bushing set for the router. Use a large forstner bit to make a pattern of the hole you want to use (or buy a plexiglass template). The inlay kit accounts for the bit diameter by using a removable bushing. As long as you center your router baseplate first, you will have a perfect fit. It is one of a select few woodworking techniques that feels like magic.

I use the Whiteside inlay bushing kit.

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#7 posted 08-10-2016 05:47 PM

You can also get a router inlay kit at Harbor Freight.

You can make your own template from a piece of MDF.


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