I want to make a marquetry inlay in wood from an image I commissioned (styled in a antique greek vase). Here is a too scale crop out of the eye.
Is it possible with the glowforge to make in 2 piece (Wenge and Padauk) if not, what would be best to recreate the style? engrave the padauk then black acrylic pour? Wenge cutout in a padauk pour? Negative or positive engraving? increasing the size of the “line” too have better chance (would reduce the size of the eye)
Hi, I am quite new to inlay, but not to kerf adjustment. I usually do thigh pressure fit furniture/ assembly, but it was more the process to obtain the smallest pieces/ make the holes for them without losing them to the crum tray.
This piece has only a couple of “inner pieces” while my design above has a great many. So while it could be done with the cut-through technique the engrave and cutout might be easier. Moving forward to more complex designs the double-cut-through technique quickly gets really crazy.
If you have a complex design you figure out which is base and what is pattern (the pattern is usually a single piece with lots of holes)
The pattern you cut out of very thin material, while the base is engraved at exactly the same design to the thickness of the part you cut so it has to be thicker material by at least a sixteenth inch. I have found that engraving has less kerf than cutting so having them the same usually takes a rubber hammer on a flat part to force the layers together. I would use a light bit of glue as the pieces will dance in the moonlight and might drift apart otherwise. It will take some sanding etc. to make the levels exactly the same unless you don’t want them the same like this piece…