I am hoping to create some 1/8" maple inlays on a cherry desktop. Most information I was able to find on the internet show a technique of cutting through the piece completely and sandwiching the strip(s) between. I cannot do this bc I do not have enough large clamps to effectively reassemble.
To solve this I plan on using a 1/8" router bit running up against a template and have cut strips to the exact thickness to put in the groove. I will then trim and sand and the surface will show the maple inlay. I plan on repeating this process to "weave" a pattern. The edges will show it does not go all the way through and I am okay with that.
1. Any foreseeable long-term issues with forcing the wood to bend into this groove? I have tested that at 1/8" the strip bends into the curves easily enough.
2. How perfect does the curve need to be on the template to ensure the inlay has minimal gaps? I am guessing this is a dumb question but will the router base smooth out minor imperfections in the template or should this be perfect? I cut the templates with a jigsaw and can sand them more but wondering if I really need to do this or if it's excessive.
Thanks in advance!