With precisely zero knowledge or experience in veneer work the plan is to follow Matt Furjanic's instructions from his veneering101 video. Initially I cut and dressed a batch of hoop pine and Australian cedar to 1mm thickness and glued a couple of squares to some scrap plywood just to see if it would work as a chess board. Then I made up an MDF core framed in cedar and applied a diagonal veneer. Matt Furjanic tells us this is to prevent "telegraphing". I have no idea what that means but I get the impression it is not some thing I want in the finished piece. With the risk of "telegraphing" under control I cut each square and taped them together with plain masking tape. With the addition of a thin two colour frame the veneer layer was glued, clamped and trimmed.
So far so good.