Once the boxes were glued up (OK quite awhile after the boxes were glued up since I stopped to build the X-LS & X-CS Encores) it was time to finish the cabinets. I decided to try veneer and settled for a cherry veneer with a PSA (peel & Stick) backing.
I started by laying out the veneer
A lesson learned here. Unroll the entire veneer sheet and look at the grain patterns before cutting anything. That way you can use the most interesting patterns where they will be seen the most. I didn't do this and ended up with one speaker with a lot of interesting grain patterns and one that was relatively plain. Once you know how you want to use the veneer you have to cut it to size. I used a very sharp carving knife.
Once the pieces are cut it is time to start applying the veneer.
Getting the veneer to lay smoothly over the rounded edges required a little help from some veneer tamer
More to come