To lay out the deck pattern, I used 1/4 x 1/4 strips in different colors to outline the pattern. I used a hot glue gun to glue the strips to the forms.
Once I have an outline to work to, I can start laying strips. These strips do not get glued to the forms at all. I just glue the strips to each other.
If you click on the photo to enlarge it, you will see the fancy grain in the wood. This is Lace wood from Africa. It is very light weight and very easy to work with. Once it is sanded and glassed, the grain will really stand out.