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with Kevin Rodel
Online Class

Decorative Inlay Techniques

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Learn how to inlay wood with confidence for beautiful results. With expert woodworker Kevin Rodel as your guide, you'll start with how to plan your cutting sequence and set up the depth and distance of your router. Next, discover how to create an inlay like a pro as you square corners with a chisel, cut your inlay strips to length, glue them in, flush your inlay to the surface and finish it. With these essential skills under your belt, Kevin will help you create more intricate inlay designs with a multi-insert pattern. Take your skills even further as you learn to create inlays for curved channels using two tried-and-true techniques: the laminate bend and the hot pipe bend. Plus, discover advanced methods for creating wood inlays on concave and convex surfaces.


  • intermediate
  • 7 episodes
  • 2h0m

Included in this Class

1. Design & Materials

1. Design & Materials

Meet your instructor Kevin Rodel, who will help you develop your decorative inlay techniques. First, he'll review the history of inlay and the artistic value behind your project. Then he'll demonstrate two different ways you can cut your own inlay bands if you choose to not purchase them ready-made.

2. Cutting Channels

2. Cutting Channels

A little bit of planning goes a long way. If you plan your cutting sequence first, you'll finish with a beautiful project. Kevin shows you how to plan, and also how to set the router tip depth and distance to perfectly cut the inlay channels.

3. Finishing Strip Inlay Design

3. Finishing Strip Inlay Design

Learn techniques to achieve a professional inlay design as you follow Kevin's instruction to square the corners with a chisel, cut all inlay strips to length and glue them in. Just flush the inlay to the surface of your project and use oil or a finish of your choice to make it shine!