A nifty little inlaying trick

This is a Lu Lu. I know Daren has a lot of lovely and clever ways of doing tricky things. They almost never come from magazines but from doing the job, thinking about it, and finding a better way. This is one of them…remember you saw it here first.

This is about putting a composite inlay into a veneered surface. Often these ‘strings’, as they are called, are made up of different woods with the grain going in several directions. Simple lines will go into a routed groove, let in slightly proud of the surface, and be leveled with the surface with a cabinet scraper then finely sanded. Stringing made of several woods cannot be treated in this way for the scraper would risk tearing out the grain. It would be too risky just to sand the inlay because your block would be working on the ground veneer and risk sanding through it. This is the answer. Stick your abrasive on the centre of a block, cut two strips of the same abrasive and turn them upside down before sticking them to your block on either side of your abrasive . The abrasive cuts the stringing and your ground veneer is protected. Brilliant…


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