Next up on the veneer work was to inlay initials into the veneer that will go underneath the lid. I was able to get 2 of the 3 letters done tonight. Here’s a little how-to on how I accomplish this.
First, I print a template, and tape it to the veneer that I want to cut. I spend a few minutes trying to figure out the best grain orientation before taping it down. For the Walnut burled boxes I am using straight grained Walnut for the letter.
Sometimes I also put a full layer of tape down below the paper as well to try and prevent it from cracking as well.
I trace around the entire perimeter of the letter, making sure that I was actually getting good lines but not going all the way through. When I am finished, I remove the paper template.
From there, it’s just going back over all of the lines and cutting it completely through. I angle the knife away from the edge to create a flat edge on the veneer due to the knife’s bevel.
After carefully popping it out, you are left with this:
From there, you place it where you want it to, tape it down with the scotch tape, and repeat the process. Trace all the way around it so you get a good outline, remove the piece to be inlayed, and cut all the way through.
Then you can place the letter in the opening, use veneer tape to hold it in place, and you can move onto the next piece.
I was also able to do the letter for my Mom’s box, with the letter in the same Sapele veneer that will be on the top.
-- The quality of one's woodworking is directly related to the amount of flannel worn.