I am not really sure what the line for having this moved. :-/
The general process was that I took a circle svg and an svg of something I thought would be fun, and sized them to what I wanted. I then tried out different settings until I achieved an engraving depth of slightly less than the veneer’s thickness I was using as an inlay.
The next step is to make the inlay itself. I converted the engrave to a cut, ignored the circle, and loaded in the veneer I wanted to use as an inlay. I recommend laying down some proofgrade material scrap to keep it from blowing around.
Applying the inlay - I simply smeared wood glue in the engraving and then worked the inlay into it. I used a rounded over bit of wood and leather to work the inlay in as well as tweezers and my hand.
The last part was the finish work. All I did was sand the entire surface with 220 grit until it was smooth to the touch and glue/dent free. I did a light “natural” colored stain and the used spray polyurethane. I think I did 3 coats, a light sand, and then a final coat.
Here is a closer up image!
I do want to really note that all I did was experiment, note in the first picture how many did not work. Also, I was not gentle either, I broke the inlays, but it did not seem to matter as long as I did not lose the parts. I also put a lot of dents while setting the inlay, but that was removed by sanding.
And FWIW, I believe that the “line” for having a post moved to the Beyond the Manual is when the walk through shares customized settings (i.e. - anything other than the automagic proof grade settings) or goes in depth on how to use non-PG materials.
There may be other criteria, but I think those are the primary reasons. If I’m mistaken, you can be sure that someone will correct me soon
Nice and tight!
For your first, you nailed it. Nice layout too.
Doing a perfect inlay like you did where both surfaces are cut down together to match is better suited to the proofgrade hardwoods than their veneer ply. Trying to not cut through the ply surface is sketchy. Ask me how I know that…
You may have seen this already, but Amazon has some 20x12" Baltic birch plywood for just under $3 a sheet. You’d have to cut it down a little, but you get more material for your money. I’m on my second box of 20 sheets now and have been pretty happy with it.