New top being taped up
After doing a full size layout I made four different templates to cut out the pattern. I use blue painters tape to hold the parts together. All the veneer was sized before cutting. This makes the veneer more flexible when handling and cutting.
The last step was to add the cross banding to the top. Then it went into a vacuum bag to be pressed until the glue sets. I use a two part resin glue for gluing.