Inlay into solid wood table top - is it possible

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12-06-2021 11:06 AM

Topic tags/keywords: inlay cross grain router marquetry

Hello – I’m new to inlay work and am wondering if it is possible to do inlay into a SOLID 1” thick quarter-sawn white oak table top having a 18 inch diameter. I will use the router method for removing wood, then chisels to creep up to the marked line. I’m thinking of using thin lumber for the inlay – like 1/8” thick or maybe 3/16” thick. Attached is a drawing of my proposed design. I’m concerned with wood movement and the inlay could crack or pop out?? The blue lines show the table top is built/glued up from 4 separate boards, each board 4-3/4” wide.

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#1 posted 12-06-2021 11:51 AM

No problems with that dimension — as long as wood is dry enough.

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#2 posted 12-06-2021 11:51 AM

Easily done. Make a negative template from 1/8” masonite hardboard and use a flush trim bit like the Amana Tool – 45475-S Carbide Tipped Flush Trim Plunge Template 3/8 Dia x 1/4 shank.

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