The table is an antique, 12" x 24", to me it is an embarrassment to have something
looking worse than when it came in, so maybe someone has a fix I could try?
Red - what services does the Senior Center provide ?
is the wood shop operated by experienced and professional craftsmen ?
what are the expectations of a customer when they come in ?
was the customer expecting a Rembrandt Restoration type of repair or finish ?
my thoughts also go to: are there any signs in the "shop" that states the
skill level and qualifications of the workers being top notch or just volunteers doing
something to keep them busy in their Golden Years. and ~ is there a work order or
contract involved with all kinds of disclaimers ??
a few good clear photos would help the members here help you.
Personally, I would stop right where you are . . . have the customer come in and look at it
and explain the situation and the two of you can discuss the options available.
as said above. repairing and/or replacing "antique" veneer is not really a DIY project.
if the customer wants to proceed with techniques within the skill sets of the center,
then you can go that route.
if the customer wants you to stop and take his/her table to a "professional" repair shop,
that would be best for both him/her and you and your associates.
[also - there are sooooooo many "opinions" of what is just old and what is an "antique".
and is the table a family heirloom or something they bought at a Thrift Shop ?
but for right now, I would stop all work and contact the customer to come in for a consult.
jus my Dos Centavos