Plans To Build A Deck Inlay – Compass Style

Build a deck inlay

This is an example of how to build a compass style deck inlay. I will provide all the measurements and illustrations to assist your understanding.  The raw material will be pressure treated deck boards, 5/4, at a standard 5.25 inches wide. 

Build a deck inlay

To build this design, there is 4 different pieces you will have to build.  (To get the mirror image you just turn the template or material over.)

A – Qty 8 

B – Qty 4 

C – Qty 4

D – Qty 4 

Build a deck inlay

Below you will find the measurements and angles of the 4 different sections that will make up the inlay. 

Build a deck inlay
Build a deck inlay

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As you have probably already noticed, section “C” and “D” are missing the center lines. This is achieved by creating a false seam.

Draw a line down the center of the section. Using a circular saw cut along the line 0.25 inches deep. This line adds visual complexity to the inlay and is also very handy when painting (if you decide to do so).

Assemble the inlay on a flat service so you can adjust and fine tune you cuts.

Build a deck inlay
Build a deck inlay
Build a deck inlay

Pre-drill the screw hole using a 3/16 inch drill bit.

Build a deck inlay

I think the best way to get the inlay ready for installation is to glue it together using construction glue such as PL Premium. 

Note: The inlay is much easier to stain or paint before you glue anything.

Using small amounts of glue, glue the edges of the boards together. You can hold all the pieces in place using a few screws in the pre-drilled holes. 

This step is to make the installation easier.

Let it set overnight. 

Build a deck inlay
Build a deck inlay
Build a deck inlay

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