You can get that effect with waterfall bubinga veneer. There's no reason to buy a log of that stuff - the wood under the surface is not contributing to the appearance.
Here's a 16 segment sunburst table I did a while back in waterfall bubinga. Bubinga is hard to deal with because it's rotary cut - so when it gets wet, it expands. To lay a sunburst like this, you have to use a non-water based glue. [Note: in the picture, it looks like some of the segments are lighter than others. That's a trick of the light. All the segments are the same color and none are darker than others. If you walked around the table, the "lighter" segments would change as you moved.]
And while curly bubinga veneer is not inexpensive, it's not close to what that board was marked.
[The second picture is just a closeup of the center of the table to show the effect of the matched pieces of veneer. And just a note, you do not want to start learning veneer work with curly bubinga. I consider it an advanced material.]
Last edited by Mike Henderson; 01-30-2010 at 04:48 AM.
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