By Jeffry | Created September 21st, 2020 | Published September 21st, 2020 | Updated September 23rd, 2020
This is a scale version of the shaper domino from the shaper tape. I have found that sizing the object to 3" long(actually the width as it is imported) will allow you to cut the holes with a 1/8" bit. The holes will be just over an 1/8".
I suggest cutting out the inlay piece first using no offset and then fitting it to the mating piece.
I say intermediate, just because there is some fitting and using thin pieces of stock.
Files included (1)
Inlay material should be at least 1/8" thick. It can be planed or sanded down after inset.
Inlay can be set into any thickness of material.
Double sided tape
Thin material holder to cut inlay material
Hand plane or sanding block or planer
1. Plane inlay material flat at least on one side using a planer, hand plane, jointer or just a flat surface with sandpaper, this will become the bottom and the flat bottom will mate to the piece of wood receiving the inlay.
2. Place the inlay material using double sided tape on your surface and locate the .svg to the material.
3. Cut the dots out of the inlay first selecting inside cut and using the helix cut and keep track of which dots you use. I just pick a domino on some of the tape I'm using and use that pattern, but you can make your own pattern, just as long as you reference it when you cut the opposite piece
4. Cut the outside of the domino to release it from the rest of the material. Make a rough pass using a 0.01" offset, then make a final pass with no offset. Of course there are many ways to do this, but since I was using double sided tape I just cut all the way around it then peeled it up.
5. Set up your piece to receive the inlay and re-scan and import the domino .svg. Make the first cuts using a small depth, around 0.1". Start by using an outside cut and cutting around the dots you need with a zero offset. These will probably need a small negative offset, which will make the dots smaller in diameter.
6. After the dots are cut, use the pocket cut to take out the rest of the material inside the domino area. Then select inside cut and start with a zero offset and cut around the edge of the inside. You will probably need a small negative offset to fit the inlay. Once you have the negative cut, test fit the inlay piece and re-cut using a negative offset on the dots and the inside cut of the receiving piece until you have a good fit.
7. Repeat the cuts in steps 6/7 until you have cut deep enough to set your inlay with the top still above the work piece. Use a small amount of glue and set it in place with some weight or light clamp until dry.
8. Use a hand plane, sander, planer or whatever you choose to remove the top material of the inlay and make it flush with the work piece.
Good luck and have fun!