Making a Wood Box with Veneer, Inlay and Marquetry

A different approach to the wooden box, including surprisingly easy techniques for inlay and marquetry.

This tutorial shows you how to create a pentagon-shaped wooden box by stacking 1/4-inch shapes rather than building solid walls. In addition, I demonstrate my process for creating veneer, inlay and marquetry.

I’m trying very hard not to make a clichéd “think outside the box” pun here, but we really are looking differently at the process of making a classic pentagon-shaped wooden box. With a traditional box, we’re assembling the sides out of whole wood. Here, though, we’re building from the ground up. It’s an interesting way to think about how all the pieces come together to make a whole, which is a big part of the creative woodworking process.

Along the way, I’ll be showing you my approach to creating inlays, veneers and marquetry. It’s a step-by-step tutorial that demonstrates how these very cool features can be done relatively easily. Plus, I’m providing another look at how flocking can make a huge difference in the overall look and feel of the piece.

Don’t let all the super-hot laser cutter action throw you — most of the techniques I’m showing you in this how-to tutorial can be easily replicated using a table saw or even an X-Acto knife. The goal here for you to see the process up close and hopefully pick up a few tricks you can use as you do it yourself.

Tools and Supplies Used in this Project