How to Do Wood Inlay By Yourself in 2021 | Beautiful Inlay Design

Wood inlay is a popular furniture design all over the world. It is a technique or process to create many attractive designs into the main planks using different colors maples or woods. It uses on the home and office furniture, frame, hutch, or any other wood products to get an ordinary look, but the question is how to do wood inlay?

If you are not doing any type of wood inlay, then you should start with straight lines. Mainly two tools are popular for wood inlay one is a router, and another is hand scraper. Here we guide you to make wood inlay by yourself with a hand scraper. To use a router, you need the skills to operate it.

Product 1: DEWALT Thickness Planer (DW735)

The DW735 is a 13inch thickness planer. It provides the best class surface finish. It has a 15 AMP powerful motor which has a maximum rpm of 20000. It can cut wider material easily with 1000 RPM cutter head speed. You get a three-knife cutter head, which provides 30% more longer life, and you can change it easily.

It also has two-speed gearboxes that allow the user to change the motor speed for a better cut. The outfeed and infeed tables provide 33.5 inches of material support. This planer weighs about 90 pounds and offers a maximum cut of 1/8 inches and a depth capacity of 6 inches.

In the box, you can find the Dewalt 13-Inch Thickness Two-Speed Planer with Three-Knife Cutter head, dust-hose adapter, and dust-ejection chute. Dewalt planer dw735 parts are not available in local stores.


Brand name                           : Dewalt

Model                                     :  DW735

Product Dimensions              : 24 x 22 x 19 inches

Weight                                    : 90 pounds

Style                                        : 2-Speed Planer 13″

Power Source                        : Corded-electric

Warranty Description          : 3 Year Limited



  • Powerful 15.0 Amp, 10,000 rpm motor
  • Two speed gearbox
  • 2X more rigid
  • Automatic carriage lock
  • Extra-large thickness scale
  • Extra-large turret depth



  • complicated to install
  • Hard to find new motors


Necessary wood inlay Tools:

1.    Wooden base piece

2.    Wood veneer, mother of pearl, or         another inlay material

3.    X-acto knife or other hobby knives

4.    Wood glue or epoxy

5.    Tracing paper (optional)

6.    Router tool (optional)

7.    Hammer

8.    Wood Planer (if necessary)

9.    Tracing Paper

10. Wood glue

11. Clamp

12. Hand scraper

13. Sandpaper


The process to make wood inlay: We guide you to do wood inlay step by step in this article. We divide the whole process into two parts. So, without further ado let begin the process.

First Part: 

Step-1 Select wooden object for inlay: To inlay, we need to select wood inlay materials. To make it, we need to choose the thin and the hard stuff. You can take wooden Venice, maple, etc. The base part must be thicker than the size of the cutting part. The part should not be the same color as the base part. It is better to set it as a contrast color.

Step-2 Make wood inlay design: To make the inlay, we have to choose thin and flat hard material. You can take wood veneer, maples, ivory, etc. Then we have to draw the design onto the wood sheet which you want to use for inlay. You may draw or use some tricks to copy the design onto the board. Choose a design and print, or you can use tracing paper to tracing the design from the screen.  Now, Set the page on the wood sheet and stick it well so that it cannot move.

Step-3 Cut the inlay design: After that, take the x-acto or any sharp knife and gently score the design outlay on the paper, and you find a scratching layout onto the inlay material. Now use hand scraper to cut the whole design. Now you find the inlay piece.

Step-4 Sand the inlay piece: Use sandpaper to sand the side edges for smoothing the piece. Here we finish our first part.

Second Part: How to do wood inlay

Step-5 Temporary set exact position: Now we have to find the exact position we want to do inlay. Set the piece with a double side tap and sticky the inlay design piece temporarily on the main wooden base and mark with a pencil and take it off after marking.

Step-6 Pop off the marked area: Take a hand scraper to pop it off the wood inside the marked area. Its depth will be like the inlay design piece height. Hold the scraper horizontal on the border side and keep vertical in the middle. It will be easy to get a sharp line and corners.

Step-7 Smooth the area: It is time to smooth the area so that inlay piece can fit easily. Smooth the corner with a sharp knife and use sandpaper for the middle area. Clean the wood powder.

Step-8 check fittings before final set up: Before use, glue check the fittings carefully. Check to see any glaring irregularities, check the side gap, corner fittings, and the surface level. Remember, if it looks tight, do not force it, you may suffer to get it back. Then use sandpaper to smooth the inlay design piece edges. It makes it a smooth fit.

Step-9 Apply glue and set:  If all goes ok then use glue in the gap part to the base piece and put the inlay design piece on it. Use a clamp to tighten the fit and left it there until the glue is dry. After the glue is dry again, check the sides if any gap identifies fill it with the wood putty.

Step-10 Finishing with polish: For getting smooth surface, use sandpaper. You may also use Wood planer if needed.



This is a very simple and easy way to add nice inlay. You can also use this process to many kinds of wood inlay no matter what project you are working on. Though it takes a long time to finish and patience to do the work. The fact is you must have some knowledge of how to do wood inlay. It will help you to get satisfactory results.

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