I made two versions of the quarter drawing in tracing paper. One was for the outside perimeter of the table and one was for the innermost veneer which has its line was about 2" in from the outside. I then transferred them to 1/4" plywood for a pattern to cut the veneer and also, the 3/4" MDF I used for the substrate.
I started first by book matching the olive ash burl,taping it,and cutting the innermost veneer to shape.You can cut this with an exacto knife or clamp it between two identical patterns and then rout it with a flush cutting bit. I chose the knife. I then cut 1/4"strips of black dyed maple which I used to band the olive ash veneer. Next I cut a bunch of 3-1/2" strips of mahogany veneer with the grain running in the short direction. After I cut and laid out enough for the perimeter, I cut 1" off the ends to use as a waterfall edge, marking them and keeping very careful track of where the pieces will go after the top was glued down. Now it was just a matter of taping the border to the banding, carefully cutting the border off to match the banding with an exacto knife and re-tapeing it all together. I did have to cut a small angle in some of the border pieces to get them to follow the concave direction of the top.The last thing before glue up was cutting and taping up a piece of cherry veneer for the backside of the top.
As for the glue-up, this was my first time doing a table this shape. Of course, there could be an easier way that I didn't think of. I left the veneer long and glued it up square using Unibond 800. 8 hours in a vacuum press and it was done. I used the quarter pattern (actually a little more than 1/4 to allow for the router run off) to mark out the top. It was then cut on the band saw leaving a little outside the line. A used double stick tape on the pattern placing it in the middle. Then used a flush router to cut it out.
Watch for the next post to see how I did the base.