Tile inlay

Written by karen on February 16th, 2014

I’ve been working on a project to learn how to inlay tile into wood. I’m pretty sure this isn’t the best way to do it, but here’s what I did.

First, I marked off the area where the inlay would go and cut the edges with a utility knife.


Then I used a router to take out most of the wood in the inlay area (but didn’t go all the way to the edge).


Next I used a chisel to remove the rest of the wood to the edge. This still left a fair amount of rough wood though, so after that I used a Dremel to take out more.



Finally, I sanded it out, stained and varnished. Here’s the final product:


It was a lot of work, and the results aren’t perfect, but like most things, I’ll probably get better as I do more of this.


2 Comments so far ↓

  1. Algot Runeman says:

    Beautiful work!

    You might save time by making a cutout frame as a pattern, especially if you plan several similar designs, and then use that to rout (with a bit with a guide bearing) your clean perimeter. That should leave you with just the corners to chisel.

  2. karen says:

    I thought about that, but on something as small as this, I couldn’t figure out how to clamp it down so it didn’t move.

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