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How to build a bonnet top?

Hi everyone,
I'm putting the final touches on my secretary desk. It has a broken pediment top with gooseneck molding. I'm not quite sure what the best technique is for making the curved "bonnet" that sits behind the gooseneck molding.

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Apparently Norm, in a video, uses veneer backed with canvas. Anyone have any experience with this? I was also thinking of kerf-bending a thin, wide sheet of solid wood, with or without veneer.

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The way I do those is to cut the front moulding from solid stock. When profiling it, the top back edge is rabbeted. I make a companion moulding for the rear with the same profile and rabbet. I'll use hardwood plywood in the species of the project and kerf the back and glue it to the rabbet.

Or, any ply can be used and veneered.

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