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  1. #1
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    St. Mary's, Georgia

    Question time for everyone

    What is the difference between Inlay , Marquetry an Intarsia ?

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    From a totally naive point of view, as I don't do any of them, I would say it's to do with the finished product more than the techniques.

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  3. #3
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    An inlay could be any material embedded into the surface and flush with that surface.
    Marquetry is the use of different pieces and colors of usually wood to complete a design or pattern, embedded in and flush to the surface.
    Intarsia is more three dimensional in that the individual pieces can be different thicknesses, even carved or colored, rendering a design not flush to the surface or even to the pieces around teh pieces, if you know what I mean.

    But then I cheated. I was a woodworking instructor for years.

    That said, there is some overlap, especially in the use of the inlay and marquetry terms.

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    Inlay is embedding an object into another object.
    Marquetry is decorative veneer laid on top of a substrate.

    Intarsia on the other hand.. Not really sure that the defining feature of "intarsia" is versus inlay (or indeed even some types of marquetry)? Intarsia is from thicker pieces? Contoured?

    Interestingly I recently found out that there is an "Intarsia" knitting technique when LOML was talking about doing something with it which overlaps significantly with the woodworking technique Makes me wonder what the actual origin of the term was.. (annd... according to wikipedia "It is thought that the word 'intarsia' is derived from the Latin word 'interserere' which means "to insert"." Interesting, so it seems likely to have originated as a subset of inlay then?)

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    You all are on the right track, they all use different techniques to make so Roger was close, Marquetry is also an Inlay when you look at how the piece is embedded in the substructure, where Intarsia is on the surface of a substructure but do all these use the same tools to make ??

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    Wasn't sure if you were asking a question or giving a test
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    since i already knew the difference, i didn't answer. be sure to wash your hands allen.
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    Thomasville, GA
    Sounds like a trick question where the only one knowing the "right" answer is the person asking it.
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  10. #10
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    East Freeetown, Massachusetts
    On the Inlaying, I would use a 90 degree "V" grooving bit. There are some really neat ways to do inlaying on a CNC machine.

    On the marquetry I would use a surgically sharp knife, as I would not want to do that on a CNC Router

    On the Intarsia I might use a 1/8 bit or a 1/16 bit depending on the inside radius cuts. I might end up trimming with a file or knife. I would also be sanding with fine grit paper.

    I don't believe those are the correct answers if one was doing the work in a conventional way, but my head does not always think conventionally.

    Sorry - I am NOT - trying to undermine - but this is how I would do it.

    Conventionally - Inlay can be done with a router, of with hand tools like a chisel - trace the male member then create the female pocket to fit

    Marquetry - similar - but with a really sharp knife.

    I believe Intarsia would be on a scroll saw - and a lot of sine sandpaper.

    I believe there are 50 ways to leave your lover - or to skin a cat.

    I am not a skilled craftsman at any of the above - just my thoughts on the subject.

    Roy - your work is spectacular, and I would LOVE to know more - but this sounds like a high school class. I know you don't mean it to sound like that - but it does.

    Please don't be offended at my comments - I don't score very high on diplomacy.

    I think what works really well on a forum like this is a progress tutorial. You start the process with a brief explanation - a couple of digital pictures at the start - then post you progress explaining what you are doing. That gives us a chance to SEE what you are doing then ask questions or make comments.

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