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Cutting an Inlay Mat

An inlay mat provides a color accent like a double mat, but does not create a second layer.  Instead, one board is inlaid into another in a seamless single layer.

1.Cut one board 11” x 14”.

2.Cut the inlay board ¼” smaller.

3.Adhere the mats together by placing a small amount of double-sided tape on the face of the smaller board—towards the outside edges.

4.Set the mat guide and stop to 3”.  Put the two layers into the cutter, face down, and cut a 3” border on all four sides.  The inlay opening has just been cut.  The tape will hold the boards together.

5.Remove the stop and set the mat guide at 2 ½”.

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