Next step is to create two veneered panels for the top.
I believe that a single large, unbroken top would look a little better but I really like the material that I have on hand and I don’t trust my ability to get an invisible seam at the center. So I will feature a break rather than make a poor job of hiding it.
I do not have a large vacuum press system, so I will use cauls and clamps instead. I will use two 2’x4’ MDF sections to make a veneer sandwich.
I do not use MDF as a substrate, I have some left over maple plywood for that. First step is to apply a thin layer of glue using a roller to get an even coat.
I then assemble the sandwich – bottom caul, bottom MDF, wax paper (to keep glue squeeze out from sticking), plywood, veneer, wax paper, top MDF and top caul. I do not attempt to veneer both faces at the same time.
And clamp it.
And then add a few more clamps.
Unfortunately, the first attempt did not come as well as I hoped. I did not apply enough clamps so I got rippling in the finish. There are glue ridges that show up under a raking light.
Rather than clamp every 8-10”, I doubled the number of clamps.
Second attempt came out better.
So I went ahead and finished the second panel
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