Inlays

Wood with inlay

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 gluing 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.

Inlays in furniture design

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 design
Hand Finished

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

Workshop
Workshop Hand Finishing Inlays
Table top with inlay
Cabinet with inlay design
Cabinet with inlay design on doors
Inlay design on wood

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