Ok, So the first step was to get that alcove paneled in. It's 52" wide. Too wide for a single sheet for the back. So I decided that the best thing to do would be to rip two sheets to 28" (to give me some room to play with) and then join them in the middle.
This isn't paneling, made to be placed on walls, but rather is a pretty nice bit of cherry ply. So I used the table saw to make a very tiny half lap on the two pieces of ply to join them in the middle.
The first time I did it I had a bit of an issue with glue squeeze out and it caused some issues with the finish. The veneer is too thin to do much sanding on so the glue squeeze out is really an issue.
Since I had made my cuts oversize, I had enough room to cut out the joint, redo the half lap, and redo it. I was successful the second time.
Now the other issue I had was the top of the alcove. I didn't want to have to use up 2 other sheets, so I sliced a 22" section off of my joined panel to use for the 'ceiling' if you will. The cabinet will be taller than that, so I figured no one will notice or care if the back of the cabinet at the bottom was not cherry. That helped me save on wood. Also it makes the grain flow on the back wall up to the ceiling, not that anyone would ever notice.
I used a simple finishing technique that worked quite well. I would wipe on a seal coat, lightly sand that, and then put on a few coats of wipe on satin poly. I actually really like the way the alcove has turned out.
You'll notice there are some gaps though at the corners. Thats where I went and made some custom cherry cove molding that will cover the gaps.
Gluing the panels together
This panel had some nasty glue issues. Time to recut and reglue
Ok, That's looking better
Glue issue is gone, well, mostly.
Used some cauls and some homemade supports and some construction adhesive to glue the panel to the ceiling. I put some finishing nails around the edges. The molding will also help to keep it in place.
Ok, so Obviously some gaps, but the molding will cover the gaps. The bottom of the back will be covered by the cabinet.
Custom cherry cove molding. A little thick and bold. Should cover all the corners nicely.
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