After becoming frustrated with cleaning glue that oozed out from around the inlays, I solved the problem by making a slight modification to the inlays.

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I build a lot of jewelry boxes and other items featuring 18 "-thick inlays. After becoming frustrated with cleaning glue that oozed out from around the inlays, I solved the problem by making a slight modification to the inlays. Simply rounding the bottom corners with a block plane or sandpaper creates a place for excess glue to pool, cutting down significantly on glue squeeze-out. Those slight round-overs also make it easier to insert inlays into tight-fitting grooves.
—Tony Rush, Springfield, Ore.