Decorative inlays inlay kits

Instructions for Building Any Inlay --- Prepare Materials

Prepare the Inlay Material

WHAT you're doing:

  • Preparing the Inlay material so you can work with it.

Prepare the Backing Material

WHAT you're doing:

  • Preparing the material that will be attached as a scrap backing to the inlay materials.

 

WHY you're doing it:

  • The backing material is your friend performing these tasks:
    • Protects your workbench from the router bit.
    • Provides additional clamping area for securing the
      material to the workbench.
    • Prevents each inlay piece from moving during the
      routing process.

 

HOW to do it:

  • It is preferable to use MDF or plywood but any kind of flat
    scrap wood works.
  • If the material has been used before clean it of dust and
    debris.
  • If necessary, sand the backing material until it’s reasonably
    flat and smooth.
Previously used backing material that needs to be cleaned and sanded before being used to build another inlay

Previously used backing material

An image of inlay building backing material that has been cleaned and sanded.  Backing material ready to be used to build an inlay

Prepared backing material

Affix the Inlay Material to the Backing Material

WHAT you're doing:

  • Taping the inlay material to the scrap backing materials.

 

WHY you're doing it:

  • To hold the inlay material securely to the backing material.
  • To prevent each inlay piece from moving during the routing process.

 

HOW to do it:

  • Examine the inlay material to ensure the interesting side is facing up.
  • Place double-sided duct tape on the BACK side of the inlay material.
  • Use enough tape to cover at least 85% of the material you’ll be working with.
  • Peel the backing off the tape and press the inlay material to the backing material
    • Use good pressure to ensure the two pieces are firmly stuck together.
To affix inlay material to backing material used double sided tape.  Apply enough tape to hold the inlay material firmly in place

Apply double sided tape to inlay material

The vinyl has to be peeled off the double sided tape so it can be used to affix the inlay material to the backing material

Peal the vinyl backing off the tape

An image showing the inlay material firmly affixed to the backing material

Inlay and backing material  together

Prepare the Base Material

You may or may not have to do anything in this step depending on the dimensions of the base material and what you are building.  The "Base Material" is defined as the material you are putting the inlay into.

 

There are two conditions where you need to prepare your base material.  First is If building an inlay that gets completely cut out, like a Heart, then prepare your base materials the same way you would prepare the inlay materials.  The second is if your base material is to small to clamp to your workbench and you need a larger clamping surface.

 

WHAT you're doing:

  • Affixing the base material to scrap wood.

 

WHY you're doing it:

  • So you can secure the base material to the workbench .

 

HOW to do it:

  • Find a piece of scrap wood (I like 3/4” thick) that is larger than your base material.
    • Make sure that your scrap wood is flat and clear of dust and debris.
  • Apply double-sided duct tape to the BACK side of the base material.
  • Firmly press the two materials together.
An image showing how to affix  inlay base material to backing material to prevent it from moving during the cutting process

Base Material w/ tape

An image of inlay building backing material that has been cleaned and sanded.  Backing material ready to be used to build an inlay
To affix inlay material to backing material used double sided tape.  Apply enough tape to hold the inlay material firmly in place
The vinyl has to be peeled off the double sided tape so it can be used to affix the inlay material to the backing material
An image showing the inlay material firmly affixed to the backing material
An image showing how to affix  inlay base material to backing material to prevent it from moving during the cutting process
An image of inlay building backing material that has been cleaned and sanded.  Backing material ready to be used to build an inlay
To affix inlay material to backing material used double sided tape.  Apply enough tape to hold the inlay material firmly in place
The vinyl has to be peeled off the double sided tape so it can be used to affix the inlay material to the backing material
An image showing the inlay material firmly affixed to the backing material
An image showing how to affix  inlay base material to backing material to prevent it from moving during the cutting process
An image of inlay building backing material that has been cleaned and sanded.  Backing material ready to be used to build an inlay
To affix inlay material to backing material used double sided tape.  Apply enough tape to hold the inlay material firmly in place
The vinyl has to be peeled off the double sided tape so it can be used to affix the inlay material to the backing material
An image showing the inlay material firmly affixed to the backing material
An image showing how to affix  inlay base material to backing material to prevent it from moving during the cutting process