The top of both sections of the table will be rosewood starburst with a walnut burl center circle in quadmatched fashion. They will be created one at a time and mounted onto 3/4 oak veneer faced plywood. The first step of this process is to flatten the veneers I intend to use that are too wavy to go down smoothly. The walnut burl is incredibly wavy and the rosewood is not the flattest either. I created a homemade solution of 3:1 water to glycerine mixture to spray and soak the veneers with. After this, I removed as much water from the surface as I could using blank newprint type paper. I then stacked the veneers and pressed them between sheet of melamine to acheive a uniformly flat compression. I used the vacuum press as well for the second round. After flattening, I was ready to cut. I started with the starburst effect using the rosewood. To acheive a great look with the right width, I had to use 12 sheets of sequential rosewood. I used 2 mirrors to determine the pattern that would look best and kept the mirrors at a 30 degree angle to mimic the starburst effect. After doing so, I marked along the mirrors and made my first cut. This established a nice edge for joining. The next edge is different but will refer the reader to the Fine Woodworking article which describes the process very well. After cutting comes assembly. The edges were butted together and held temporarily with masking tape along the seams. The halves were assembled and then flipped. Special veneer tape was applied to the face side and allowed to dry. The masking tape was removed at this point.
I then proceeded to do a quadmatch of the walnut burl veneer for the center circle. Because it is a quad match and therefore 4 pieces, the angle is 90 for these. Once again, I used the mirror to determine where I wanted to join the pieces. I taped the pieces in the same fashion as before beginning with masking tape and then applying veneer tape.