The woodworking world in which I participate is slowing moving toward minute measurements – everything needs to be precise. Users of handplanes brag about shavings in the thousandths of an inch, and calipers in some woodworking shops carry measurements three decimal places or more. We are trying to work in exacting dimensions using a medium that does not support infinitesimal details. Wood moves. The idea in woodworking today – as it was in the previous centuries – should be to make it fit. Relax. It’s suppose to be fun.
In the series of photos below, I inlay diamonds of ebony into sapele blocks for a residential library. There are no .001″ measurements with which to contend. (In fact, I’d bet the pencil lead is wider.) I simply made the inlay fit.
It doesn’t get any easier.