Install the router bit and guide bushing in your router. The large ring that snaps onto the guide bushing should be in place for this step (hollowing for the inlay). Secure the template to the work with double-stick tape.

Set the router’s depth-of-cut so as to make a hollowing slightly shallower than the thickness of your inlay material.

Create the hollow by plunging, inside the pattern shape, into your work. Follow the edge of the pattern with the guide bushing. Pay attention to the orientation of the handles, just in case the router base and router bit aren’t perfectly concentric.

Before removing the pattern, clean all waste from the recess.

Category: How to Rout an Inlay.