This is an example of a hardwood inlay.  The background wood is White Maple, the lettering is Mahogany, and the orchid uses a combination of Purple Heart (edges) and Cherry (leaves)

The basic concept of an inlay is taking one material and placing it within another to create a design or pattern effect.  Materials used for inlays can include (but are not limited to) aluminum, brass, copper, hardwoods, softwoods, synthetics (plastic), and epoxies. 

The beauty of an inlay comes from the natural colors and textures of the material used, rather than using stains, paints, or decals. 

This example has a piece of clear acrylic inlay-ed into a birch board (the dark brown wood). A piece of Red Oak was then further inlay-ed into the acrylic (the light colored diamond).   The result is a thin acrylic border around the oak which can be lit up by the LED strips which have been placed behind the acrylic.   Check out our Image Gallery for further pictures of this project.



Inlays are unique because the materials sit flush with each other.  They are suitable for any project where a smooth, uniform surface is desired.

Common uses for inlays include decorative banding/patterns on ornamental boxes or urns, personalized table/furniture tops, bar top logos, and wall plaques.