I don't have a setup to do veneer, never done it. It seems to me the learning curve is sort of high for a large piece like that. I started this by "re-veneering" as my plan but quickly left that course because it seemed rather iffy. I suppose I could purchase Maple ply core for half the price. Then I could spend 4x that on new tools.
The only issue I have working in the cold is the glue not working. I can deal with the cold, I work outdoors year round. I made my wife a jewelry box last year and it got cold early, it was a pain trying to hide glue ups from my wife and try to keep the wood warm enough to glue up. Hopefully this summer I will get at least the walls insulated, then my little electric heater will keep it nice and toasty.