It was now time to cut the center circle. I created my own trammel from a piece of scrap oak, an exacto knife, and a screw. I drilled a hole that would snugly hold the exacto knife in place and set the screw to protrude at the proper radius. The screw was placed at the center and rotated around. I found the best method was to tape the insert over the starburst pattern and tape along the cut line on the starburst pattern to minimize splitting from overaggressive cutting. At this point, all I had to do was rotate the trammel arond until both layers were cut through. I then assembled as before.
The veneers on the face also require a backing or balancing veneer. I used the absolutely cheapest material I could find for this as it will be hidden unless someone is lying underneath the table somehow. These veneers were assembled into a sheet but edge to edge gluing in a bookmatch type fashion. The results were quite good even if non-dramatic.
Because I am using a vacuum press to press the glue, I will be using cold press glue. This is different from more normal PVA glues such as elmers or titebond. I spread the glue in a uniform fashion using a foam roller and then applied the veneer sheet. The panel went face down onto the melamine platen in the vacuum press and sucked down and pressed for 2 hrs.
The panel after gluing up will have to have the veneer tape removed and the face scraped smooth before the finish is applied.