FishFry Decorative Inlay Kit

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5-1/2" Tall, 6" Wide
FishFry Hanger Build
This Build
Image of FishFry Inlay shown in these instructions
Prototype Build
Image of the first FishFry decorative inlay built
Glitter Build
Glitter and epoxy used in this FishFry build.
What's Included in the Kit

  For $75 you'll receive a decorative inlay kit FishFry, 7 templates. Each template builds another layer of the image designed to honor the Rainbow Trout of Yellowstone Lake. It takes about five hours to create your design.

  By following simple and repetitive router based inlay techniques you're guaranteed to build an inlay that looks like something only the highest skilled craftspersons could make.

  Best of all you don't need to be a master crafts-person to build this inlay. All you need is some wood and a few basic tools. Click here review the Router Based Inlay Tool List.

  Never built an inlay before? Click here to Learn How To Build Any Wood Inlay.

Watch FishFry Being Built

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How It Works

  Building an image in wood has never been easier thanks to an existing woodworking technique called Router Based Inlays. When equipped with a brass inlay kit, a plunge router acts like a hand-held CNC machine.

  In this video we show how our decorative inlay kits do their magic and how templates provided by EZInlays makes it possible for you to create amazing works of art.

Select and Prepare the Inlay Materials

  This is one of the best inlays to select inlay material for... IMHO of course!

   I find it fun to search for that perfect grain pattern and color combination to fit in the perfect spot. Here you'll be injecting your personality into the design so take your time and have fun with it. The best tip I can give you is to consider how your fish would look in nature while you select materials for your creation.

  You want the base material, the material FishFry will be inlaid, to be at least 3/8 of an inch thick, much thinner than that and chances are your inlay will warp!


    * Old Growth Redwood 7" x 8" x 5/8" - Base material (the lid)
    * Olive Wood 6" x 3" x 1/8" - Face, Fins, and Tail
    * Walnut 7" x 3" x 1/8" - Back, two pieces
    * Figured Maple 7" x 3" x 1/8" - Underside, two pieces
    * Purple Heart 6" x 3" x 1/8" - Stripe, two pieces
    * Red Heart 3" x 3" x 1/8" - Mouth and Eye

  The main thing you want to pay attention when selecting the material for any type of decorative inlay is contrast. There are two type of contrast to keep in mind, color and grain pattern / direction.

  It's possible to get decent contrast from two similarly colored woods as long as there is a sharp contrast in grain patterns and direction. Without this contrast your inlay will not look it's best!

Low Contrast Inlays
Picture of inlay with high contrast eyes and ears
High Contrast Inlays
Layer 1 assembled

   The biggest problem with the low contrast inlay is the dark streaks in the Goncalo Alves didn't provide enough contrast with the Walnut back of FishFry. The effect I was going for was the fish was about to take the bait. I like how that effect turned out, but to much of the rest of the fish is lost in the background.

   The high contrast inlay I thought turned out pretty good. The only thing I'd change on this build is the eye. A black wood would have made this design really pop! I like the effect Lacewood provides for the face, tail and fins.

Final Sanding and Applying Finish

The AmbersBear Inlay finishing

   To fix any gaps in the inlay smear a small amount of glue into the gap, wipe off the excess glue, then sand over the area. The sanding action will cause sawdust to mix with the glue in the gap blurring it out.

  After all the gaps have been filled sand the entire inlay until it's flat. This process is best done after the glue has completely dried!

  Once sanded apply the finish of your choice. Personally I like to apply three coats of Tung Oil followed by three coats of a polyurethane finish that has a UV inhibitor in it. The UV protection will help keep the woods from changing color over time.

  Click here for more information about Sanding and Finishing Tutorial.

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