I'm working with inlays in veneer for the first time. I'm building teak shaker doors with maple inlay border in the panel. My first plan was to adhere the 2 ply teak 1/4 cut veneer on 1/4 plywood, then use a jig and router to cut out the 1/8 groove for the inlay boarder. This plan failed miserably, as the router kept cutting deep in some areas and shallow or not at all on others. It is because the 2 ply veneer is slightly lumpy from the VG contact cement. I attempted plan two by laying the veneer on MDF and placing the jig/guide over it and cutting the groove, same result but less so. I can't go back to paper backed veneer, as I had the 2 ply teak (hand picked by the client) laid up for me. 2500 worth of veneer. How am I going to get the inlay to work?
From John Van Brussel, forum technical advisor:
Another option would be to build the face first (tape the veneers together) and then lay it on your substrate. After it is glued up, you can sand all components flush.