Box sides. A strip of solid narra is glued up in between two strips of plywood, then everything is planed flush. After the box is glued together, cutting apart the top and bottom sections will reveal the narra, rather than the plywood.
Getting set up to glue the narra veneer to the inside faces of the panels.
Gluing the panels up in the vacuum bag.
Box sides, ready for glue-up. The box-joints are cut, and the surfaces have been planed, scraped, sanded, and polished.
Gluing up the box sides.
Sawing the top and bottom sections apart on the tablesaw. The blue tape supposedly keeps the veneer on the inside of the box from blowing out. The jury is still out.
Gluing up the two side veneers. As per the norm, what seemed like a good idea on paper turned into an unbelievably complicated glue-up. The plan was to clamp the top and bottom sections back together, glue the outside veneers on (with the top and bottom sections still in one piece), then split the veneers with a knife to re-separate the box sections. I didn't want to saw the outside faces apart, because the kerf of the sawblade would disrupt the diamond pattern in the veneer.
Gluing on the front and back faces.
Rosewood veneers glued on. Once they are trimmed, the top and bottom panels will fit into the rabbets running round the sides.
Trimming one edge of the veneer.
Scraping the inside face of the top panel. After that I will sand up to to 400-grit in preparation for shellacking (is that how you spell that word?)
Applying the first (very thin) coat of shellac. After a dozen or so coats have cured, the shellac itself will get wet-sanded up to 2000-grit, then rubbed out and waxed. The narra finishes beautifully.