For this, my first solo attempt at veneer and marquetry, I took design inspiration from several woodworkers including Johanathan Benson, Paul Schurch and Tommy Mac.
The side rails are macassar ebony. The veneer was first glued to two pieces of 1/8” MDF after which the bent lamination was formed around a core of bending plywood. The bull-nosed edge was covered by ironing on veneer to several coats of dried PVA glue.
The top rail and bottom shelf are plywood veneered with hide glued curly maple. The marquetry was made from walnut, holly and poplar heartwood veneers. The flower petals were sand shaded.
A coat of BLO was followed by a few seal coats of blond shellac. Then, three layers of spray can lacquer were applied. A final buffing with 4/0 steel wool and butcher wax completed the finish.
I also want to thank “Frank V” of Central Jersey Woodworkers for inviting me to his shop and introducing me to veneering. You just have to love the exquisite beauty that veneer brings to a project.