Veneering question

Ok - Im making this big "chunky" coffee table - looks like 2 rectangles offset from one another. Its a pretty neat design - Ill post pics when im done. Anyways - the client wants mahogany buy doesnt like the price. I suggested we can use mahogany laminate (I picked some up on ebay) over MDF - she liked the color of the mahogany and we agreed on the price.
So far Ive only used it on a top - I usually trim out MDF w/ someother hardwood - them veneer the top w. the mahogany then route the edge. W/ this peice - the sides and top will be veneered. Do I do the sides first then the top? Im assuming this would be the best way b/c it would leave less edge for someone to catch an pull down. Just curious b4 I start.
Thanks, Rob
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Sides first, then top. Be sure to sand flush before adding the top for a clean glue line (150 works best for me). Also, use a bevel bit for the top (7deg, standard stuff), then knock off the sharp edge with sandpaper (220 - 320).

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Yup. Since it's a coffee table and folks will mostly be looking down on it, you don't want the veneer edge to show from the view above. Band it, trim the band, then lay the top on and trip it to the band. The trimmed edge will be visible from the sides, at table top level, but not really from above.
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If you looked in the archives, and on the web, for techniques used for veneering loudspeaker cabinets, you'd find what those folks do, for a very similar problem.
Good luck!
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