Inlays

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The use of inlays as a way of decorating and creating visual interest has been popular in furniture for a long time. The process involves creating a groove in the surface of the panel – usually less than 1mm deep – and glueing in a line of inlay. Inlays can be a simple line of contrasting timber, a manufactured inlay banding made from combinations of various timbers or metals such as brass or aluminium.

Chevron Inlay - Klimmek-Furniture - Handmade furniture for your business and home
Chevron Inlay | Klimmek-Furniture©

Accuracy in creating the groove and dimensioning the inlay are critical to achieving the optimum fit which needs just enough tightness that will keep the inlay in place, but not so much that the edge of the groove will be damaged when inlay is being inserted.

Inlay Grooves | Klimmek-Furniture ©
Inlay Grooves | Klimmek-Furniture©

There is no getting around it, the process of inlaying and cleaning back is something that has to be done by hand.

Inlay Tools | Klimmek-Furniture©
Inlay Tools | Klimmek-Furniture ©
Cleaning back Inlays | Klimmek-Furniture ©
Cleaning back Inlays | Klimmek-Furniture©

Once the skill is perfected there is not limit to the possibilities

Broomfield Coffee Table | Black Inlay Line on Cluster Ash | Klimmek Furniture ©
Broomfield Coffee Table | Black Inlay Line on Cluster Ash | Klimmek Furniture©
Night Horizon Cabinet | Aluminium Inlay on Stained quarter cut Oak | Klimmek Furniture ©
Night Horizon Cabinet | Aluminium Inlay on Stained Oak | Klimmek Furniture©
Westbourne Sideboard | Inlay Detail | Klimmek Furniture©
Westbourne Sideboard | Masur Birch Inlay in American Walnut | Klimmek Furniture©
Wrap Cabinet | Klimmek Furniture©
Wrap Cabinet | Aluminium and Burr walnut on Figured European Walnut | Klimmek Furniture©