This episode demonstrates cutting the leaf inset and routing the leaf shaped recess using the template guide and the router inlay kit. We start of by quickly adding the cherry veneer from the previous episode. The router inlay kit made short work of cutting three leaf inserts from the stack of veneer. Reinforcing the thin and delicate veneer sheets with gummed paper tape provides enough protection to insure sharp clean edges and an unbroken leaf tip. Remember to make this cut without the bushing collar. (Don’t ask why I am emphasizing this obvious point!)
Once the leaf inserts are free, we reapply the template to the stock that receives the recess. This cut is made with the bushing collar. Depth of cut is set just shallow of the leaf insert thickness. This results in the leaf insert being just proud of the surface when inset into the panel recess. Later the leaf will be scraped flush to the panel surface.
Despite having the video equipment set up and ready to go for this episode, I ended up with no audio. Seems you have to remember to turn on the receiver for the wireless mic! It was impossible to re-shoot the video. So, after realizing this stupid mistake, I added some background music and voice overlay.