I got some abalam to inlay in the rosette of the OM I am building. The abalam is 0.063" wide and 0.060" tall I believe.
The rosette and the teflon strip was inlayed at Martin (it is a Martin Paul Simon Signature top). When I lay the pearl on top of the rosette it looks to be the exact width of the teflon.
However when I pull out the teflon strip the pearl is too wide to go into the channel. If I flip the pearl sideways it fits in. So it looks like the teflon strip may be compressed by about 0.003" preventing the pearl to fit in the routed out channel.
Any suggestions? If I let the top dry out a bit (it is at 55% right now) do you think the wood would shrink enough so that the channel would be 0.063" again?
Any tips would be greatly appreciated.