I would like to build a tressle table for my dining room from cherry. My recent projects have led me to the conclusion that color-matching cherry is really tough to do well. What looks like a good match "dry" can be very different with the wet look of a just a clear finish. If I have to do a glue-up taking wood from the same board yeilds the best result.
I would hate to go to the trouble and expense of a large table and look at the top and feel like I wish I could have another stab at board selection.
I was considering using my bandsaw to resaw the best board I could find into something like 13/16" slices. By doing joint, resaw joint resaw... I would always have one smooth face to glue to a substrate, which I could later pass through the planer to clean up the surface.
I tried this on a small scale this weekend and it worked OK, but using yellow glue required about 12 f-clamps on a 2.5 x 15" board. That glue/clamping strategy is not viable for a 7' x 8" board. I doubt that a traditional veneering approach would work for a relatively thick veneer.
Has anyone ever tried contact cement for wood-wood bond using a essentially the same process as gluing formica to MDF?