Some have asked for a tutorial on some of the marquetry and inlay I feature in my work so here goes: I am going to do this in multiple posts so I can add the pictures as I go.
This one I will just talk about the marquetry fan like the ones you see here:
Later (if there is interest), I could do one for string inlay, muti-layered inlay, and marquetry pictures.
The inlay fans are not hard to do but like most things there is a process.
First, I chose a design. In this case the design can be used to make the 1/4, 1/2 or full circle inlay motifs like the ones you can buy online.
The basic materials I used are:
various veneers (for this I used dyed maple for the black, you can use whatever types of wood you want, just try to contrast as much as possible).
Router w 1/8 inch spiral down cut- An up cut spiral will pull the fibers of the wood up…you don’t want that.
1/8 inch hard board