Last weekend I received my bag with a selection of small pieces of veneer. These I will use to veneer the wall panels of the large meeting room.
The packages are supplied by a local veneer specialist with pieces which are to small to use for furniture etc. Perfect for shipmodelling. On the picture you see just 10% of the veneers supplied.
The veneer I cut with an exacto knife. See the first start below.
The zebrano wood at the bottom will be part of the bench and partly covered with cloth.
You are doing the right thing to decrease the thickness of the scroll decorations, they look much more realistic this way. And there is also a trick by which the scroll decos can be made even better, if the edges on the rear side are filleted by a radius of 0.6-0.8 mm. The best tool for this is a diamond or steel cylindrical or conical burr. Then on the front side the finish can be given by radial bristles, which remove the unwanted remnants and polishes up the surface. These come in different grits, the best are the 120-150 for this purpose. And for the final finish - clean-up I use radial goat hair brushes. These don't discolour the surface as the black Dremel brushes do.
Hi Maarten, I love your fascinating miniature work using real materials. Have you ever considered using book binding leather for your furniture upholstery? I used some years ago to upholster seats in a poacher model car. I got rid of the fake plastic upholstery supplied with the kit and the paper thin book binding leather turned out magnificent and realistic. Very easy to work with and fits perfectly around shapes and inside crevices. I still have some lying around.