The top proper consists of three 3/4″ (19mm) thick pine boards glued and rubbed together, which, once dry, was tidied and squared up. I formed the mahogany edge moulding and mitred and glued it around the top’s periphery.
The crossbanding for the perimeter of the top was cut from pieces of 5/64″ (2mm) thick veneer left over from veneering the carcase.
The crossbanding was trimmed while the glue was still soft.
The top will be screwed to the carcase prior to polishing the desk and following that, the tooled hide will be glued onto the bare pine surface.