We completed the structural part of our table by fastening the substrate to the under side with 1 5/8″ wood screws. We reinforced the perimeter with an additional 2″ x 3/4″ plywood ring…notice the concentric circle pattern of screws on 6″ centers. We laminated an additional walnut ring 1 1/8″ x 2″ that is attached to the 2″ ring for a finished appearance. This ring was also mounted to the walnut top using 2 1/2″ woodscrews.
Next we cut the components for our inlays from black ebony. We milled the ebony to a thickness of 7/16 to fit in our 3/8″ deep pocket. This leaves our inlay slightly higher than the table surface. This allows us to sand all componets flush with the top for a perfect fit. We glued and clamped the components and allowed 24 hours for curing.