Inlay is the traditional technique of inserting decorative elements into the surfaces of furniture, musical instruments, or other wood-crafted objects. In this video tutorial, Irion Company’s inlay expert Jeff Williams demonstrates one of the most important aspects of the process; making finely detailed strips of inlay bands. You can buy pre-made banding, but making your own has distinct attractions. You can fabricate the exact style, dimensions, and pattern you want, using the woods that compliment your project. But perhaps the best reason is the satisfaction and accomplishment of making your own.

Join me as Jeff shows us how to make an elegant, repeating, geometric-patterned band from simple strips of laminated contrasting-colored woods. It’s a useful technique whether you aspire to reproduce fine antique reproductions, restore or repair existing furniture, or incorporate inlays into contemporary projects. — Keith (9 Minute Woodworking Video)

The Irion Company specializes in the restoration, conservation, and hand-made reproduction of American antique furniture from the 18th and 19th century. Jeff Williams specializes in period correct Federal style furniture with an emphasis on veneering, inlaying, and marquetry.

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This is very useful info. Thanks Keith.

Very interesting, Keith. Jeff sure makes it look easy! I can see where Bridge City’s Jointmaker would come in handy if you plan to make a bunch of inlays.

Keith’s Reply: Jeff is great. Very easygoing. Regarding the BCJ, an intriguing innovation indeed.

Everything is easy once you know how. It used to be that it took a long appenticeship to know how. Now the information comes in to your home without a wait. This is a great service and I thank you for your dedication in making it possible.


Fascinating! Found this most informative. Thanks.

I loved this episode on how to make your own edge banding. I want to learn more.


Wow, wow wow. best information I found to date. Great job. wounderful site.

jonathan clough

Hi, this is a question from across the pond. I am a woodwork hobbyist and am currently constructing a copy of a George II kneehole desk. There are feather banding pieces inlayed into the base veneers some of which are curved. Can you give me any assitance on how to make curved feather banding.The straight pieces can be shop bought but I am stuck on the curved stuff
Thanks for any assitance you could give me.
Kind regards

Keith’s Note: I wish I could provide more detailed information on this subject. Others have had the same question and so I’ve already added this topic to my list of videos to-do.

tom krowl

Very well put together. Thank you for the episodes on hammer veneering using protein glues.


muito bom, quero aprender mais


This was great to see how to make the banding. Thanks


Very fine work in the hands of a master, thanks Sir


For going around rounded corners you may get some help by looking up on YouTube how to make guitar rosettes.