Now that the doors and rear panels of the cabinet are done, I need a top and bottom so that I can get to work on assembling things. The top and bottom are flat panels which are a lot easier to build than the curved panels of the doors and rear panels. I have chosen Sipo (very similar to Mahogany) as the veneer for the top and bottom panels.
The process for flat panels is generally the same as the curved panels I have been making in the vacuum press. I cut the substrates from off-the-self furniture grade plywood and shape them to match a template of the cabinet. I apply an edge band of solid wood. I cut and process a plank of Sipo into veneers and cut them to match the size of the substrates. Then the substrate gets covered with glue and everything gets sandwiched together in a mechanical press.
It still took me the entire week to make the top and panels because I’ve been working on the volleyball court, a memorial bench for Matt Mecaro (class of 2016/2017), and have a quick trip back to Ohio to attend to some family matters.