I am currently putting the finishing touches on a metamorphic chair. This chair converts from a chair to a set of 4 steps. Each step has a diamond-shaped inlay which was fairly simple to put in place. All that is needed is:
- Blue tape
- Sharp knife
- Chisel (optional)
- Router plane preferably with a spear point bit
|The black corners are to be removed.|
|The taped side is actually the show side|
|Chisel cuts made over a scrap piece of wood to cut to shape|
|The inlay is placed tape side up. Label the piece, if needed, so that the orientation stays the same|
|Two pieces of blue tape hold the inlay in place.|
Ensure that it does not wiggle.
|The first few knife passes are with a feather touch.|
|Progressively stronger force is used. but always fairly light. Ensure that the knife cuts are deeper than the thickness of the inlay.|
|After knife cuts are made along the edges without tape,|
switch position of the tape to the opposite sides.
|Router plane (Veritas model)|
Four minute video detailing the routing out process.
|Test fit the piece|
|Clamps. Place waxed paper under cual.|
|Card scraper to remove tape from center outwards. This avoids catching the protruding edge of the inlay|
|150 and 220 grit sandpaper|
Routing out mortises for hinges could use a similar technique.