Cross grain inlay - movement/glue/tips?

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09-13-2014 06:09 AM

I’m inlaying a 1/4” square border 1/2” in on some drawer fronts for a chest of drawers I’m building. This is my first time using doing any inlaying. The dresser is cherry, the inlay soft maple (shop made). Because this is a square border the sides pieces will have to run cross grain across the drawer front. My tallest drawer fronts are just a tad under 7”, so the inlay will need to run 6” cross grain. I’m concerned about wood movement in this scenario. My understanding is that because inlay is so thin that it will stretch/compress a little length wise with the drawer front. My questions are:

  • Will 6” be an issue or will I be fine? I’m building this now, while the humidity is still pretty high (60%+), so my drawer fronts are at/near their maximum width and I’d expect them to be and them to only shrink and compress the inlay, not cause gaps to open in the mitered corners.
  • How thick should I make my inlay to allow it to stretch? I was thinking 1/8”?
  • Are there any particular glues I should use?

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