Next-up was reveneering the top. I have some 1/16” thick mahogany veneer left over from a previous project that was perfect for this project. In order to do this precisely as the veneer can’t be trimmed after it has been glued down, I needed to make a pattern. With a pattern I could precisely shape the veneer before glueing it down.
Also, I prefer to use wood glue for veneer, but in this case the veneer has to be precisely set in place, so contact cement was a better option.
First I began by laying a piece of drafting mylar over the top and sketched out the perimeter of the new veneer.
Next I transferred the lines from the mylar to a piece of thin scrap plywood to be used as the pattern. I cut the pattern to size and fussed with it until it was the exact shape required. Finally I traced the pattern shape onto the veneer.
I cut the veneer to size using a veneer saw on the straight edges and carefully used a sharp utility knife on the curves.
Then I cut out the lift-up top from the pattern so I could use a grain matching piece of veneer for the lift-up top, that attaches with hinges.
With that I done I carefully cutaway the veneer for the lift-up top.
Finally, I carefully glued down the new veneer using contact cement.