CNC 103: Making Inlays Using VCarve Pro and CNC Router

Woodworking, Tech Lab

CNC 103: Making Inlays Using VCarve Pro and CNC Router

Use the VCarve Pro software program to design and cut an inlay on the Woodworking Studio's CNC router.

Meeting Times
  1. Tue, 2/20/2024 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  2. Thur, 2/22/2024 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Tue, 2/20/2024 - Thur, 2/22/2024


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Class, Has Prerequisite

Tech Lab & Woodworking Studios

CNC, General Woodworking


In the first session, the class meets in the Tech Lab to review VCarve Pro, a software solution for creating and cutting parts on a CNC (computer numerical control) router, review/finalize design of inlay, and set up the CNC project.

The second session shifts to the Woodworking Studio for cutting, gluing, and instruction on what to do after the glue has dried.


  • You'll need a laptop computer with a mouse and a working copy of VCarve Pro 11 already downloaded (after you're registered, the instructor will email you a link to download the latest free trial version from Vectric). The software requires a PC or a MAC with Windows installed. There is no time during class to download the program.
  • If you have questions or run into problems downloading, email the instructor for help.
  • If you don't have a laptop you can bring to class, you may use a Tech Lab desktop computer with the software already loaded.  


The inlay you create will involve cutting the materials (walnut and maple) and gluing them in the Woodworking Studio. The instructor will then show you how to cut off excess inlay material and sand the inlays using a sample cut so you can do the same to your project at your leisure after the glue has dried.


A $30 material fee, included in the class cost, covers all needed materials.


Class Policies

  • Ages 14 and up are welcome.
  • You must wear safety glasses and closed-toe shoes, tie back long hair, and avoid loose-fitting clothing and jewelry. We recommend bringing your own safety glasses. 

BARN Policies

Instructors or Guides

Al Ebken

Al is a retired ocean engineer with many years of computer and computer-aided design experience.

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