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A couple of questions, and then a suggestion, Steve.
The questions are regarding the veneering (and this goes for any of you veneering experts that are following this thread, of course):
1) Why do you need to bondo/fill-in the imperfections in the MDF? The veneering covers it, and I imagine there's enough direct contact between the MDF and veneering to allow you to skip this step. (I realize Ruben did the same thing)
2) Were/are you set on crisp, 90 degree angles on your columns? I'm curious why you didn't route out an outside curve and wrap one piece of veneer around the entire column.. or was the veneer not wide enough?
3) I understand how the craft paper would be useful; however, is the idea just to get it as close as possible (and possibly overhang the surface you're applying it to and trim it off), and just ensure there are no major bubbles (that can't be removed with the roller)?
4) Are you planning on using grain filler? (I'm guessing not based on the relatively grainless appearance of the design photo)
I think the column design looks great. My suggestion is regarding the jig for it. I'd stay away from your original jig design, since you'd have to be extremely careful not to "overshoot" the jig and end up with a slightly curved routing mark. In other words, tracing an angle on the outside of it is prone to mistakes. I would create a jig that is a square with a concentric square hole, and you just do the square first. Then a simple, straight line jig at an angle to connect the corner of the square with the corner (edge) of the column.
Keep up the great work -- I'm actually looking forward to veneering at some point. It's an amazingly beautiful result from a relatively simple and inexpensive process.