Create eye-catching embellishments with stone, shell, and high-end plastics
Synopsis: Inspired by a guitar maker, Craig Thibodeau decided to explore the use of exotic materials for inlay in furniture making. Learn how he uses materials such as abalone, mother of pearl, and composites as highlights in his marquetry, inlays in solid pieces, and accents on veneered wood. He found a wide array of inlay materials that contrast beautifully with wood and can be cut with simple tools. Follow along and learn his technique as he creates a dragonfly inlay for a cabinet project.
I’ve used wood for marquetry and inlay for many years, but I began using more exotic materials after seeing the beautiful guitar inlays done by fellow Californian Larry Robinson. While his complex inlay work is the focal point of his guitars, I use it more sparingly as highlights in my marquetry, accents on veneered pieces, and small inlays in solid wood. The good news is that…