Wood veneer challenge on tanker desk
So I am restoring one of those old metal tanker desks. Originally the desk top was some sort of 3/32" rubber composite material surrounded by that 3/32" high piece of metal banding. (I have attached a picture I found online of a refurbished desk being sold. The owners took off the old top but left the metal banding in place. You can see it protruding up at the edge of the desk)
Well I decided I wanted to replace the rubber composite and with something that would display a piece of beautiful veneer. Because no wood comes in large sheets that's 3/32", I thought of filling the area surrounded by the banding with bondo, sanding smooth and flush, gluing laying veneer on top of that, and then trimming off the excess.
The problem I foresaw with that is how to trim the veneer. The banding is not square but has a rounded over edge. Also, the banding is supposed to be visible from a bird's eye view, which means if I laid a sheet of oversized veneer on top of the desk, it would cover the banding and I would not be able to see where I need to cut.
The other problem with this is that the veneer would stick up past the banding. The pieces of veneer I am looking at are only 1/45" thick, which isn't a problem for me if that sticks past the banding, but I was afraid that the glue would be visible from the side as well.
The second option is instead of joining smaller sheets before and then laying one large sheet on the desktop, I would join the smaller sheets on the desktop. This would allow me to see where the metal banding meets the bondo filler and then cut accordingly. The problem I envision is that glue or some other reason the result would be sheets that do not lay smoothly and evenly. However, the visible glue line is also a question for this option.
The third option I thought about, and I am leaning towards that is taking a 1/16" piece of FRP and cutting it to fit inside the banding. Then I would glue a piece of veneer to this FRP, flip it over and then trip to fit with a saw. 1/16" + 1145" plus the glue I would assume be just about 3/32".
So my question for the experts, as someone who has never done anything with wood veneer is, are my assumptions correct? Any glaring problems jump out at you with the second or third option? Recommendations? Better methods? Any help would be appreciated.
Edit: The fourth option I just thought about is to remove the metal banding, get a piece of 1/8" hardboard and veneer that. Then trip to the correct size and somehow add 1/8" aluminum banding to that. The problem is that gridning down the banding nicely is more work and then I have no idea how to add aluminum banding to 1/8" hardboard.
Last edited by Sirhc Mal; 10-29-2019 at 12:37 AM.