Got the first 2 rounds of veneer cutting out of the way.
I started with 10 sheets that were 9 feet in length. I trimmed them down with the idea of possibly using a contentious piece to cover the front and top which is why half are slightly long and half are slightly short.
The veneer actually had a pattern like >>>>>===<<<< and the grain on each side is surprisingly different. I didn't really like any possible pattern so I probably won't do that.
I then trimmed down the pieces and marked them for the front/side the pieces on the right are gonna be the front/sides and the piece in the middle will probably be the top. The rest I kept oversized so they could be used for either. I'm not super concerned about the bottom or back.
Some tips for cutting:
1). Be careful when ending the cut or you may get a lot of tear out.
2). Before actually cutting the veneer make sure you align them. The veneer patterns are slightly shifted from piece to piece (in my case it was like 1/2"-1", so if you cut multiple pieces based on the top one you would have a slightly slopping pattern when you matched then
3). I used a two cherries veneer saw and I would say the limit is cutting 3 pieces at a time. I cut 4 a few times but it certainly wasn't a smooth process. Two is a easy and I can't see any issues doing one at a time.
I have a decent amount of scrap so I'm gonna try some tests with joining/gluing up larger pieces.
I stumbled across this video:
which I think is an ingenious way to clean up the edges so I got a couple pieces cut to act as the straight edge and I'm gonna give that a shot.
Still trying to figure out the new upload system...I prefer the old one :\