Making inlaid letters and designs doesn't require exotic tools, and if you follow a few basic steps, you can produce any shape you like. Here's the method I used when I inlaid some drawer fronts for a spice cabinet I built (see main article):
The first step is to lay out the design. 1 do this on vellum, a heavy type of tracing paper, taped over graph paper. The graph paper shows through the vellum and gives me guidelines so I can draw freehand while maintaining consistent heights and widths.
After making the design, I photocopy it with the design placed face uj) on the photocopier. This produces a reverse view.
I position the photocopy on the wood to be inlaid with the printed side down, and rub the paper lightly with the tip of a hot iron. This transfers the positive image to the wood.
Next, I cut the outlines of the design on the wood with a sharp knife, then remove the waste inside
l >ing a shop-made "bird's mouth" with a Y-notch on one end. you can control the hlade n> vou cut out
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