How to Make and Inlay a Star: Episode 2

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For those who have never inlayed a decorative element to their work this is a great project to start on, both to watch and to do. Of course, the great reward is seeing all of the facets pop as you scrape them level with the surrounding field.

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  1. Mujteba Cimenoglu on 15 January 2021 at 11:45 am

    Hi Paul,

    You mentioned that you have a phenolic surface on the inside of your vice so glue won’t stick to it. Is that a feature of the leather over the jaws or have you retrofit something else to it?

    • Izzy Berger on 27 January 2021 at 12:22 pm


      Paul says:
      The bench side jaw is made from a phenolic coated plywood whereas the ‘floating’ front jaw is covered with leather.


  2. Salko Safic on 15 January 2021 at 12:20 pm

    Nicely done

  3. larryl49 on 15 January 2021 at 4:29 pm

    Hi Paul, cracking bit of work. More of it, great Friday lock down viewing.
    Regards Larry.

  4. Hans Kremer on 15 January 2021 at 5:00 pm

    I’m gonna get a whole lot of scrap wood for pratice! Beautifull demonstration. Thanks for the detailed explanation.

  5. Jesse L'Hommedieu on 15 January 2021 at 5:13 pm

    Hi Paul,

    Nicely done. One thing that I didn’t see was how wide were the initial pieces that you cut to make 1/2 of each star point?

    • Izzy Berger on 4 February 2021 at 4:06 pm


      Paul says:
      This is 10mm ( ⅜”). So this too determines the size of the star you want.


  6. jurgen01 on 15 January 2021 at 8:33 pm

    Another fascinating and informative video. Thank you!

  7. CHARLES Friedman on 15 January 2021 at 11:34 pm

    Really nice effect.
    A suggestion on how to easily remove a stuck inlay before gluing: use a thin dental floss inside the socket side of the inlay. Two pieces at 90 degrees to each other. Gently tugging up will release the inlay. For a more complex pattern, more sections of floss.
    As a retired dentist this is what we did in the good old days to get a excellent fit on a gold crown or inlay. With new ceramic materials a huge margin of error is built in so very little if any adjustment is needed.

  8. Eddie Woolfries on 16 January 2021 at 12:18 am

    Great video Paul, I managed to buy a record router off eBay so guess what I’m going to test it out on 👍

  9. Pete on 16 January 2021 at 12:29 am

    Thank you for taking us on a journey of amazing woodworking education

  10. Karl Riley on 16 January 2021 at 2:22 am

    Well done, as usual. The master at work. Does your knife gave a double bevel on it or just one sided?

    • Izzy Berger on 4 February 2021 at 4:07 pm


      Paul says:
      My knife is double bevel. I have never liked single-sided bevels on knives and I have never liked spear-point knives either.


  11. Harold Smith on 16 January 2021 at 3:11 am

    Hi Paul,

    Looks like a fun project. Question: This looks a a project where a skew chisel might have been handy. I’ve not seen you use one, at least not yet, in any of your projects. Is there a reason for this? I’d like to know your thoughts.

    • Izzy Berger on 4 February 2021 at 4:07 pm

      Hi Harold,

      Paul says:
      I do have some that I made but have never found them of any real value. When I was working on the stars and inlay, I had one less than two feet from my hands, so that should tell you what I feel about them!


  12. Eduardo Dela Rosa on 16 January 2021 at 3:46 am

    Thanks for sharing this masterpiece, Paul. Not only does this tutorial feels very satisfying, but also is motivating and inspiring. This for sure is another very beautiful and helpful information for us viewer to take away.

  13. Martin Míka on 16 January 2021 at 9:56 am

    Hi Paul,

    37:25 You hope this is therapy for me? It is. A lot. A therapy by wacthing you. Making these by myself is madness 🙂

  14. Patricia Schraut on 16 January 2021 at 5:23 pm

    Love your work, love your attitude to life! You make things look so much fun, and easy. Still just trying to keep sawing a straight line. Thanks for all your help!!! What do you use for the finish?

  15. David Levy on 17 January 2021 at 10:55 am

    Excellent, was wondering how to go about this, now I know.

    Thank you so much


  16. Bill Richardson on 18 January 2021 at 12:52 am


    If I might ask, why didn’t you use a router plane to set the star?

    • Izzy Berger on 4 February 2021 at 4:11 pm

      Hi Bill,

      Paul says:
      Because of the heel on the cutting iron. It gets in the way on the rim of the recess. Also, I can use a finer size of chisel.


  17. Marcelo De Simone on 18 January 2021 at 1:43 am

    Una de las cosas que más me gusta de verte trabajar, es tu sonrisa de satisfacción y felicidad al terminar. Thank you master Paul

  18. Paul Rowell on 18 January 2021 at 6:47 am

    Bill, I would guess that Paul wanted to show that you could do this with just the poor man’s router, this video is a free to view video and will have a much wider viewing audience than the paid for masterclass videos.

  19. Paul Dallender on 18 January 2021 at 8:43 am

    Is it just me, but I was watching so intently and was so engrossed that as Paul was gently teasing out the wood, I found myself blowing at the screen to get rid of the little fibres just before he did…. it was just like being there. Can’t wait to try this out myself. A really nice gentle calming little project to while away an hour or two.

  20. Bill Richardson on 18 January 2021 at 3:10 pm

    I agree, but I kept looking at all those router planes hanging behind him and thinking…grab one of those!

  21. Miro Kolman on 2 February 2021 at 5:21 am

    Hi Paul,

    Very nice job!
    What kind of finish did you use on the coaster?

  22. RickMc on 21 February 2021 at 12:00 am

    Another great video. Paul, this will alarm you but while I was fairly proud of my first effort with this, there are a couple of sides that didn’t close up quite as tightly as yours. What do you recommend as a remedial step for this? I am working with cherry and padauk on a walnut field and I think it is going to look good – especially if there is something that I can do to visually close up a couple of the joints just a wee bit. I am sure that there are others in this same boat.
    Thanks for the great instructionals.

    • Izzy Berger on 14 April 2021 at 9:33 am

      Hi Rick,

      Paul would usually recommend redoing the part that doesn’t fit as this is all part of the learning curve.


  23. Steve Branam on 26 April 2021 at 12:53 pm

    Another magnificent job, thank you, Paul!

  24. Jenna Barton on 11 May 2021 at 11:05 am

    Thank you Paul. It turned out beautiful and I learned a lot from watching you make this.

  25. SharpPencil on 15 May 2021 at 9:44 pm

    Oh Paul you are so clever. I could never do this…..last part of vid with beautiful music brought memories flooding back of our Greek holidays together….my dear wife now has dementia.

    Thank you Paul for all you have given me… John2V

  26. peterjonespipeorgans on 22 May 2021 at 7:27 am

    An excellent and fascinating demonstration. Many thanks.

    You may wish to correct this previous reply, ” Izzy BergerTeam Member on 4 February 2021 at 4:06 pm

    Paul says:
    This is 100mm ( ⅜”). So this too determines the size of the star you want.


    I think you must have meant 10 mm. (100 mm is around 4″).

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