Hi, it's Danielle from Other Machine Co. This tutorial shows you how to make a wooden inlay ornament like this one that I made for my new grandmother in-law Polly. I love the feel of wood and the beauty of inlaid patterns, so I wanted to see how the Othermill would perform. Inlays are most dramatic when you use dark and light pieces of wood. I chose a dark piece for the base and a light-colored piece for the inlay. The letter "P" is, of course, for Polly.
This is my first project in wood using the Othermill, and I've shared all the files you'll need. I made the cut patterns using VCarve, which I won't describe in detail here. If you don't have an Othermill but want to see what the files look like, you can open them using our free software, Otherplan, or any other G-code visualizer.
Step 1: Tools and Materials
- Computer with Otherplan installed
- Flat end mill, 1/32" for cutting the "P" pocket and the inlaid piece
- Ball end mill, 1/8" for cutting the outline of the circle from the thicker wood
- Wood, dark, 3"x3"x0.675"
- Wood, light, 3"x3"x0.102" (2) One will be the sacrificial layer below the piece of wood you're cutting.
- Double-sided tape
- Pocket P cuts the pocket that the "P" inlay will fit in.
- bigcircle cuts out the circle for the ornament.
- P Outline cuts the P that will fit down into the pocket.