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I'm almost ready to start work on a desk for my office. It'll be primarily oak - veneer plywood and solid dimensional stock. I'd like to push my boundaries a little and I'm thinking of doing some simple inlay on the top edge. At this point, I'm thinking ultra-simple, like a 1/2" slot around the top near the edge filled with walnut, cut from 1x6 walnut stock.



I stumbled upon this video:




(Do yourself a favor and turn off the volume. The music will give you migraines.)
At about 5:20, he shows the stock that he'll be ripping to use as the trim. I like the idea. But he's made this inlay stock from scratch, which sound like more work than I really want to get into.


So my question is... Is it possible to buy pre-made inlay wood like this if I want to get fancier than just solid wood? TBH, simple walnut is probably fancier than I deserve, but still...


Thanks for any advice.
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I didn't watch the video but a good source has always been Constantine's. You could buy your own veneers and do it yourself and I buy most of my veneer from Certainly Wood. Or you could just use a contrasting wood and rip your own inlay pieces.

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Thanks. One problem that I have is knowing what to call it. Everywhere I look for veneers, it's always very thin with an adhesive backing, which isn't really what I'm looking for.


Edit: Constantine's carries exactly what I was looking for. Thanks for that!
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Certainly Wood has thick veneers in some species. I buy their thick veneers for some edge of the binding on acoustic guitars - Thick veneers

I went back and watched the video, it's good info. Thanks for sharing that!

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I took a look at the Certainly Wood website, but unless I'm misunderstanding something, you've got to buy a lot at one time, costing hundreds of dollars. This is more than I want to invest in a relatively small project. e.g.:


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Product CodeWS 1/16 WALNUT 19271-2B
Price$1.95 per sq. ft. (subject to our discounts)
DescriptionNOW ON CLEARANCE! 5-7.5" wide full-length net x 134.5" long. 154 sq. ft.

Even at their clearance price of $1.95/sf, 154 sf would be nearly $300.
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X2 on Constantine's.
I found them back in the '80s and have found them to be
just about everything you would want in a family owned business.
their shop is on my Bucket List to visit some day on one of my
Southern Road Trips.

looking forward to seeing your finished project !!
hope you can post some photos of the building process.
it would make a great Step-by-Step tutorial.
(now is the time to either make yourself or purchase some nice veneer tools).

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I just ordered somr ebony stringing from inlaybanding.com looks like he has a very good selection of decorative inlay strips.

My one and only source for veneer now is Certainly Wood. IME their customer service is A+.

Joe Woodworker has a lot of good info on veneering.
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I took a look at the Certainly Wood website, but unless I'm misunderstanding something, you've got to buy a lot at one time, costing hundreds of dollars. This is more than I want to invest in a relatively small project. e.g.:

Even at their clearance price of $1.95/sf, 154 sf would be nearly $300.
That's if you're buying the entire bundle. They're saying they have 154 sq. ft. of this in inventory and the pieces average 5" to 7.5" wide by 134.5" long. So if you got one piece 7.5" wide by 134.5" long it'll cost less than $15.

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X2 on Constantine's. I found them back in the '80s and have found them to be just about everything you would want in a family owned business. their shop is on my Bucket List to visit some day on one of my Southern Road Trips.
That's when I began buying from them, John, about 1985. Great company!

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My one and only source for veneer now is Certainly Wood. IME their customer service is A+.
Ditto, Robert. I had a woodworking business in the 80' and early 90's and found Certainly Wood in a FWW ad right after they opened (1985 maybe?). I was buying from them often and even had a quote and I think a photo of a veneered piece in one of their monthly mailouts. Also a great company!

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That's if you're buying the entire bundle. They're saying they have 154 sq. ft. of this in inventory and the pieces average 5" to 7.5" wide by 134.5" long. So if you got one piece 7.5" wide by 134.5" long it'll cost less than $15.

Ah, ok. Thanks for the explanation.
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