There have been a bunch of great posts on Inlays using the Glowforge laser cutter. Wanted to try an instrument head stock inlay that I have attempted before, but found impossible (for me) to do by hand. Have a buddy that works at a veneer company so I have access to a lot of different veneer scraps. Unfortunately, don’t know what was used here. Looks a little like Padauk.
My stock veneers are extremely thin, 0.02" or about half of the Beta Glowforge veneers with masking. Fragile. I broke 2 of the Clefs picking them up off of the laser bed.
Anyway, imported a clef pic into Inkscape, uploaded the design, engraved a pocket in Proofgrade Maple ply (4:30 min), cut the Clef out of my stock veneer (10 seconds).
Put wood glue in the pocket, slid the cutout in place, clamped, then lightly sanded.
Placement and flush fit feels perfect with zero gap.