How to Make and Inlay a Star

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Making decorative inlays can seem daunting, and knowing just where to start can be obscured. Paul put this together as an inlay for you to begin inlaying yourself using any wood you have in your workspace. Enjoy!


  1. Jon on 23 December 2020 at 10:52 am

    Thanks so much for this! Looking forward to it!

  2. Steve Mees on 23 December 2020 at 4:23 pm

    Really looking forward to this. I hope to make a small circular table next year and want one of these in the middle!

  3. stephen banthorpe on 24 December 2020 at 1:54 pm

    Thanks so much for this is good

  4. Patrick Sadr on 24 December 2020 at 4:32 pm

    Your looking great Paul!! I can feel your energy from “Across the Pond” while watching your video. I actually just received “your life’s work” book. Essential Woodworking Handtools. I was so relieved to see that it made it here in 1 piece. Although it was opened (the flap to the cardboard box it came in) I suspect by customs. The least they could have done is re-taped it back down. Oh well…..luckily no damage.

    As far as I’m considered I now have in possession “The Handtool Woodworking Bible”

    Thankyou for being so selfless and sharing your life’s work with the world Paul. I/we will never forget you.

  5. Javad Solehvar on 24 December 2020 at 7:21 pm

    Your projects are always great. Wish I had more time
    Be well


  6. redwood on 24 December 2020 at 8:34 pm

    Strange I was just watching Paul making stars on YouTube.

  7. Flemming Aaberg on 27 December 2020 at 9:24 am

    I like the lighting in this intro – for a while now the episodes seemed a little overexposed to me – the lighting now is great (from my point of view anyway). Great work. Oh, and nice haircut Paul.

  8. wilkinsb on 1 January 2021 at 6:16 pm

    Happy New Year Paul and Team
    All the best in 2021 and hopefully will be closer to normal
    Stay safe and healthy
    bob “my granddad’s saw”

  9. Fred Pierce on 2 January 2021 at 1:28 am

    A precise star and an even more precise new haircut. Both look dapper!

  10. David Brodhagen on 2 January 2021 at 6:25 am

    Have to wait a month or so in doing projects, when your right handed and have a cast half way up the arm. Love watching the videos, getting me through this. Thanks

  11. Gary Berg on 7 January 2021 at 6:59 am

    Hi I enjoy ALL YOUR videos however this one doesn’t play

  12. Richard Harley on 13 January 2021 at 9:59 pm

    Happy New Year Paul. This video really got me having fun making stars as Christmas gifts – 4-pointers, 5-pointers, 6-pointers and finally an 8-pointer. Taping the sections together while the glue dries is a brilliant tip. I found that glueing the ebony and mahogany sticks face to face before sawing out the points of the stars to thickness made the assembly a little less tricky. Thank you very much.

  13. Anthony Murray on 27 January 2021 at 9:48 pm

    I really enjoyed this and am decorating a box lid using this method. I also watched pauls free video on making stars
    as i found pauls explanation of laying out the stars easier to follow

  14. Lisa Burt on 21 October 2021 at 11:08 pm

    I love these, but am wondering if over time, moisture condensation from glasses sitting on them will make the inlay swell and/or eventually come loose?

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