|Project by shipwright||posted 04-18-2014 09:09 PM||3023 views||0 times favorited||30 comments|
The arrival of my new stock of sawn veneer from France last fall augmented by the 1/16” sliced pieces that I bought from Certainly Wood while I was in Az. this past winter has made my veneer storage capacity woefully inadequate. This became immediately obvious when I returned to my home shop this week and started to try to get it organized for the summer.
This veneer is very precious and valuable and should be stored as carefully as possible so in order to do the best by it I set out to convert part of the area under my shop floor into a cool dark “cave”. The word is the same in French as it is in English and in France often refers to a cool dark cellar (as in wine). It is also the term used by Frederic George to describe the “vault” at Les Fils de J. George where the fine sawn veneer is kept.
Mine consists of six 4’ X 4’ shelves of 1/4” MDF framed with 1 X 3 and mounted on 1 X 3 “ladders” fastened to the floor joists in my crawl space. They are under very little strain and bear little weight so the whole thing was built very quickly with just a staple gun and 1 1/2” staples.
Each shelf has a couple of little ears mounted inside the frame at the back to keep that end in line with the ladder rails and allow it to be pulled out like a drawer. When slid back the entire opening is clear. The joist pieces in the above photo of the open doors lift out as in the photo below, taken before I started.
This job only took half a day but I’m very happy with the result. What surprised me the most was seeing exactly how much of this thick veneer I actually had. This amounts to 96 square feet of surface and some species had to be piled on top of others as there isn’t enough space for all to have their own space.
Next up I’m going to have to get the shop cleaned up and organized and start using this wonderful stuff. I think I’ve finally decided I have enough practice and if I’m not good enough to start using the “good stuff”, I likely never will be.
Wish me luck.
Thanks for looking
-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglas boats he would have given us fibrerglas trees. http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/