Making the Inlaid Box

A few months ago, I had the opportunity to conduct a three session course in woodworking and Islamic geometric wood inlay. Taught at an after-school Islamic center in Manassas, the kids learned how to make an inlaid wood box with an Islamic geometric pattern and marbled paper interior, which they cut and assembled.

 

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The design is centered around a jig:

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It uses a piece of 1/2″ brass flat stock to cut diamond-shaped inlay pieces from wood veneers. There are many color and pattern options available:

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Once the pieces are cut and an edge banding has been chosen, we assemble the inlay on a piece of 1/8″ plywood with an adhesive backing on which the tiles are stuck.

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A mitered walnut box is glued with rubber bands, and the interior bottom is covered with hand-marbled papers.

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And there you have it!

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~ by Josh on April 3, 2014.

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