Well, pressing starts today. First I have to prepare the backing to balance out the substrate to avoid warping. I don’t really think I will need it with 1” thick plywood but I’m not taking the chance at this point.
I’m using some nice wide mahogany veneer I have had for a long time.
I didn’t use any special glue, just regular yellow glue. What I did do was to glue up the back first, apply the veneer and put it into the press for about 5 minutes. Then took it back out and then did the front. This gave the back veneer time to adhere so that it would stay in place and not move while I did the top. It was not so long that it dried too fast.
It worked pretty good.
I got so caught up in the pressing that I forgot to take any pictures of the ends being pressed so you will have to settle with one of the leaves. You can see those strips I was gluing up earlier, supporting the veneer on each side.
Here’s a neat little trick for trimming something with an uneven edge. You can see on the part on the left of the picture how the veneer extends past the edge. I just use a 1” strip of wood resting on the good edge and the fence as you can see on the right. That gives me a nice straight edge to cut with.
Here you can see the ends all pressed. One has had the tape removed already.
Here is the back showing the veneer on the other side.
And last but not least the entire top laid out.
Next I have some trimming to do.
-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX