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Forum topic by SteveGerard posted 12-08-2021 03:05 PM 287 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-08-2021 03:05 PM

Topic tags/keywords: movement crack inlay marquetry oak question

Should I be concerned about seasonal wood movement causing the inlay pieces to crack or pop out on the inlay design shown here? The table top is 18 inches wide – each board 4-1/2 inches wide x 1 inch thick quarter sawn white oak (boards are shown in blue lines). I’m thinking of using thin lumber for the inlays at 1/8 inch thick. I would use the free hand router method for removing wood waste and chisels to clean up design. Any additional advice is appreciated.

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#1 posted 12-08-2021 08:05 PM

Size limits movement. Small pieces move proportionately less. The grains in the inlays can’t expand much. Direct moisture is much more of an issue.

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#2 posted 12-09-2021 12:15 AM

I wouldn’t worry about it. The oak isn’t gonna move much and the pieces are pretty small.

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