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Adding an Inlay Detail to your Charcuterie Board

What we Discuss

- Epoxy Inlay: Information + Step-by-step Guide
- Wood Inlay: Information + Step-by-step Guide

- How to properly finish both boards


Watch a Video of how we made this board HERE

Epoxy Inlay Information

Epoxy Inlays are a lot easier to execute than a wooden inlay. Make sure you have a router to complete this safely. 

We recommend using a reputable resin brand when working with epoxy. We go to a depth of 1/4" when filing the area with a shallow pour resin.

Choose a colour here to add pigment to your resin.

Purchase our Router Base plate here

Epoxy Inlay Steps:

1. Adhere the template to your wood piece with tape in the position you would like the inlay to be. 
2. Pocket out the area making sure to reduce your router speed and take off 1/8" material at a time to ensure you're not damaging your bit. We recommend 45475-S Bit to pocket larger areas and using a router base plate to keep yourself safe while doing this. For small detailed areas use the 47222-S bit to get into tight detailed areas.
3. Clean out the area of any dust and debris
4. Mix your resin (use this volume calculation) and add pigment. Since you are filling a shallow area, you want to make sure you go heavy on the pigment so you don't see the wood grain beneath.
5. Sand + Finish your board following the link at the bottom of this article.

Watch a Video of how we made this board HERE

Wood Inlay Inforamtion

Wood inlay's can be very tricky to properly execute. Here are a list of the tools you will need:
- Router + Router Bits
- Sander / Sanding blocks
- Band saw / Jig saw
- Chisel 
To save time, route your area 1/2" deep and use our 1/2" thins to ensure a tight and flush fit. 

This piece is Roasted Curly Maple. Shop wood here

Wood Inlay: Steps

1. Choose your template - We recommend starting with a simple design to learn the steps before attempting a complex inlay.
2. Secure the 'exterior' portion of your template to your board and pocket out the area using the 45475-S Bit. Clear the area from any dust or debris when finished
3. Trace the interior piece onto a piece of wood and use your router bit 46297 (we use this bit on our router table) to get the profile of this piece. Test fit to make sure the two pieces fit nicely
5. Glue both pieces and use a mallet to tap the inlay into the pocketed area. Use a scrap piece of wood so you are not directly hitting the inlay. This will help you get a tight fit without damaging your piece.
6. Use sawdust for any imperfect areas > See this video here for reference
7. Sand + Finish your board following the directions in the linked article below.

Read More about Templates by clicking the link Below

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