how to inlay with a scroll saw

Are you looking for a new hobby? Scroll sawing is an art form that has been around since the 18th century. It’s a great way to express your creativity and create beautiful works of art. There are so many different patterns and designs you can make with this tool, from simple shapes like hearts or stars to more complex images such as animals or landscapes. You can even use it for functional items like furniture pieces! If you’re ready to get started on this fun activity, read on!

Scroll sawing is easy enough for beginners but also offers advanced techniques if you want to take things up a notch. We’ll show you everything we know about scroll sawing in our guide – from how it works and what tools are needed all the way through some basic projects that will help build your confidence before moving on to something bigger. Whether you want to start out small with just one project or dive right into making multiple pieces at once, there’s something here for everyone! 

What is a scroll saw?

A scroll saw is a small electric or pedal-operated saw used to cut intricate curves in wood, metal, or other materials. The blade is mounted on a carriage that rides on two rails, allowing the blade to be easily positioned at the desired angle and depth. Scroll saws are often used by hobbyists and craftsmen to create detailed woodworking projects such as boxes, furniture, and decorative items.

They can also be used to inlay pieces of wood or other materials with intricate designs. An inlay is a process of inserting a piece of material into a cavity in another material. In scroll sawing, an inlay can be used to create beautiful and intricate designs on the surface of a project. There are many different ways to inlay with a scroll saw, and the possibilities are endless.

What is inlay and why would you want to do it?

An inlay is a process of embedding one material into another. It can be used to create beautiful and intricate designs or to add extra protection or decoration to a piece of woodworking. There are many different ways to inlay, but one of the simplest is to use a scroll saw.

Scroll saws are perfect for inlay because they allow you to cut very thin pieces of wood very accurately. They also make it easy to create curves and other intricate designs. The inlay can be used on almost any type of woodworking project, from small boxes to large furniture pieces.

If you want to try inlay yourself, here are a few tips:

  • Choose your materials carefully. The best inlays are made from contrasting colors or textures, so choose materials that will look good together.
  • Cut your pieces carefully. Make sure all of your pieces are the same size and shape, and that the edges are smooth and even.
  • Use a strong adhesive to attach the inlay to your project. Epoxy or wood glue works well, but make sure the adhesive is compatible with both the inlay material and the project wood.
  • Be patient. Inlay takes time to do correctly, so take your time and make sure everything is perfect.

Follow these tips, and you’ll be able to create beautiful inlays with your scroll saw!

The different types of inlay and the materials you can use:

There are a few different types of inlay that you can use with a scroll saw. The most common type is called “inlay banding.” This is a thin strip of wood that is inlaid into another piece of wood. You can find inlay banding in a variety of colors and patterns at your local hardware store or online.

Another type of inlay is called “puzzle inlay.” This involves cutting out pieces of different shapes and sizes from different types of wood and then assembling them like a puzzle. Puzzle inlay can be a lot of fun, and it’s a great way to use up small pieces of wood that you might not have otherwise been able to use. The last type of inlay that we’ll discuss is called “marquetry.” Marquetry is a type of inlay that uses small pieces of veneer to create a picture or design. This type of inlay can be very intricate and detailed, and it can take a lot of time and patience to get it right.

So, now you know a little bit about the different types of inlay that you can use with a scroll saw. But what materials can you use for inlay? Almost any type of wood will work, but some woods are better suited for inlay than others. Hardwoods like maple, oak, and cherry are good choices for inlay because they are strong and durable. Softwoods like pine or cedar can also be used for inlay, but they are not as strong as hardwoods and they may not last as long.

You can also use other materials for inlays, such as metal, glass, or stone. The metal inlay can be a great way to add some extra sparkle and shine to your project, and glass or stone inlay can add a lot of character and interest. However, these types of inlay can be a little more difficult to work with, so you may want to try them out on a smaller project first to see if you’re comfortable working with them.

How to prepare your workpiece for inlaying?

The first step is to select the workpiece you would like to inlay. You can use almost any type of wood, but it is important to make sure that the wood is the same thickness throughout. If you are using a species of wood that has a different color on the surface and in the core, you will need to select a piece with the most consistent color. Once you have selected your workpiece, you will need to cut out the area where you will be inlaying the scroll saw blade. Use a coping saw or jigsaw to cut out the shape of the scroll saw blade. 

Make sure that the edges are as smooth as possible, otherwise, they will show up in your finished project. If you are inlaying a design, you will need to transfer the pattern to the workpiece. You can use a variety of methods to do this, such as transferring the pattern with carbon paper or using a lightbox. Once the pattern is transferred, you can begin cutting out the shapes with your scroll saw. Make sure that you are careful not to cut into the areas that will be inlaid.

The basic steps for scroll saw inlay:

1. Choose your inlay material and cut it to size.

2. Trace the outline of the inlay onto the wood you will be using for the project.

3. Drill a hole slightly smaller than the thickness of your inlay material into the project wood around the traced outline.

4. Cut out the inlay using a scroll saw.

5. Glue the inlay into place and clamp it until it dries.

6. Sand and finish the project as desired.

Tips and tricks for getting great results every time:

1. Decide on the design you want to use and print it out at the correct size.

2. Trace the design onto your wood using a pencil.

3. Cut out the inner part of the design with a coping saw or jigsaw.

4. Drill a hole in the center of the piece using a drill bit that is slightly smaller than your scroll saw blade.

5. Mount the wood piece on your scroll saw table, making sure that the hole is facing up.

6. Turn on your scroll saw and carefully cut around the traced lines.

7. Sand down any rough edges with sandpaper.

8. Apply a finish to the inlay if desired.

9. Insert the inlay into the hole in the main piece of wood and secure it in place with glue or screws.

10. Allow the glue to dry completely before using your new inlay.


So, there you have it a simple guide on how to inlay with a scroll saw. We hope that this article has inspired you to give inlaying a try! If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to share them with us in the comment section below. Happy scrolling!