I try to make our laser kind of work like a cnc. In wood working, you would be evacuating the space to be inlaid by router, cnc or chisels and knifes – with the laser, it’s call raster and it burns out the evacuated space. So yes, it does burn down the area I want to inlay. I had to make 3 passes with the laser to get it deep enough for the wood veneer, times 2 for the other table and I mirrored the image for the other table as well.
Top left is my finished drawing with my blanks, Top right is my blanks shaped and ready for the laser. Bottom left is both blanks rastered out and ready to be inlayed, Bottom right is a completed inlay top, before finish.