Adding Inlays

I have been working on the inlay on the executive desk I am building.  I am using a walnut inlay between the maple veneer panels and cherry frame.

Inlays can be beautiful, but they require precise work and a lot of sweat equity.

I routed out a 1/8 inch groove in between the hardwood edge and veneer.

Routing the lines required accurate measurement and setup.

I then inlaid a thin strip of walnut that I planed down to size.

I next hand planed and scraped the surface until it was flush.

Hand planing and scraping next to a thin veneer is super sketchy, but the result is worth it.

Next, I will sand and finish it…