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Inlaying Veneer:


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A beautiful and creative use of veneer is to create inlays. Inlaying is actually an ancient art, and is also known as marquetry, or intarsia. The results of using veneer to inlay designs can result in stunning and fascinating designs by a skilled artist. Many beautiful designs can be made using an inlay method. When you use wood veneer for inlaying, your design comes from the differences in grain, figure and colour or the woods themselves. You can also stain the wood to achieve an even further variety of styles.

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By putting together woods with different appearances, one can create a dramatic design that fully grabs the attention of the viewer, or you can also inlay with a similar colour and style wood as the original wood to create more subtle shapes within the surface that aren't as attention grabbing, but can be equally interesting.

You will want to select veneers for contrasting colour and grain so the design really pops out at the observer. To inlay veneer made of wood, cut small pieces from the veneer, leaving holes, and then replace with identically cut pieces from another material, namely, another style of wood veneer. Designs can range from simple to complex depending on level of skill and time spent. Wood veneer can also be used in addition to wood veneer, like mother of pearl, or tortoise shell.

Inlaying wood veneer on musical instruments is a common practice, especially common on acoustic and electric guitars. Many beautiful patterns have been created by luthiers (someone who makes or repairs lutes, guitars, and other stringed instruments. ) throughout the years.

First you'll do the cutting, then you'll do the finishing. To create a design using multiple veneer pieces, create all of the inlay recesses in the inlay piece at once, then place the veneer pieces. Sand all surfaces smooth after placing all the pieces. Once everything is in place, add a finishing substance such as varnish to complete your project.

The possibilities are endless when working with wood veneer, and you'll find over 200 varieties of wood to work with on Oakwood Veneer Company's website. Order online or call us at 0-800-012-4201 to place your order with us.



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Iron On Veneer / PVA Glue Method
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How is Veneer Made and Matched?
Many visitors wonder how veneers are created so we have included information for you. If you have other questions, contact us and we will cheerfully answer them.

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Glossary of Veneer Terms

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Glossary of Veneer Terms



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