Add one sheet of the wood veneer to the StrongGrip Mat. Roll the brayer over the surface to make sure that this is down really well on the mat. As extra insurance, add masking tape all the way around the outside edge.
Set the dial on the Cricut Explore Air 2 to custom and pick natural wood veneer right in Cricut Design Space. Then load the mat with the wood veneer attached. Start your cut. This will take several passes to cut through.
Once your machine is done cutting, I do recommend making sure this is cut all the way through. Any kind of thick material I usually check before I remove it from the machine. Remove the tape from the sides and gently pull up or use a weeding tool to pull up the edges. If it is not cut all the way through, hit the C button before removing it from the machine. Once cut, remove the mat and material from your machine.
Then you can remove the tape around the outside edge. Tweezers are recommended to remove the cut pieces. Flip your mat over and start slowly peeling back. You can use the tweezers to get underneath the wood, however, you want to be really careful. This is thin wood and now it's cut into a thin word, so we just don't want to break it. So, for me, the name of the game is going slow here and just slowly peeling the pieces off of the mat.
Remove the words and pop the centers of the letters out of the piece as well. Then you have some finished words cut from wood using your Cricut Explore Air 2.