What about color? Do you varnish/shellac after you cut and glue the veneer? Forgive me but I'm clueless. And is poplar the right choice or does the wood really not matter, as long as it's veneer thickness?
As to glue - wood glue is simpler, particularly if you don't do a ton of this sort of thing like me. You just keep a bottle of it on the shelf. My piano tuner has extolled the virtues of hot hide glue, too, but I've yet to use it.
Thanks for all the help, folks.