Celestial Serving Board

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Wood inlay is a slow process that requires a substantial amount of skill and a whole lot of patience. Dating back to ancient Egypt, inlay is the art of setting contrasting material into a hollowed out cavity. Ranging from intricate to minimalistic, inlays can be hand carved, routed or even laser cut. With the time and tools needed for such work, inlays may seem inaccessible to the average DIY-er. 

Luckily, we’ve developed a quick and simple method for inlaying brass into wood that requires no specialized tools aside from a power drill. This versatile technique can be used on nearly any wood surface making the possibilities endless. Check out our video tutorial on how to create this eye-catching celestial serving board. Scroll past the video for written instructions.


Materials:

wood serving board (like this)

brass tube ranging in size (we used 5/32", 9/32", 11/32", 13/32")

tube cutter

tape

food-safe resin

sandpaper (80-grit, 100-grit, 220-grit)

sanding block

power drill

 

Step 1: Measure and cut 1" of brass tube.

Step 2: Mark off 1/4" on the tube with a piece tape. This will be your guide for how deep to drill the cavities.

Step 3: Carefully position the tube in the drill (as if it were a drill bit) with the taped end facing out. Squeeze the trigger to secure the "bit" in place.

Step 4: Beginning with the largest size tube, drill down into the board until you reach the taped line. Continue drilling rings until you achieve the look you want.

Step 5: Repeat steps 1-4 with the remaining tube sizes.

Step 6: Using the leftover brass tube, cut 1/4" pieces to fill the number of spaces in your board.

Step 7: Mix the epoxy according to the manufacturer's instructions.

Step 8: Apply a dot of epoxy to the cavity in the board using a popsicle stick. Then press in the coordinating brass piece. After all brass pieces are in place, allow the epoxy to fully cure.

Step 9: Once dry, sand down any material sticking above the surface of the wood board. Start with a coarse sandpaper, using finer sandpaper as you progress. When you're finished sanding, the board should feel silky smooth with no remaining epoxy or high spots.

Step 10: Finish with cutting board oil to make your inlay really pop!

 

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Marla Christiansen