|Project by Eyal||posted 04-15-2015 03:34 PM||1727 views||1 time favorited||11 comments|
A little over 6 months ago, my 9 year old son asked me to make a shtender for him, “one that opens up so i can keep stuff inside” was the description from my new client. i was a little daunted about the idea as i have not made anything aside for boxes as of yet. In my school in the 9th grade class, the teacher uses a table top shtender and i decided that this was going to be my prototype.
So what is a shtender exactly?
learning and in depth study is a central component to Judaism and covers a very wide range of subjects, philosophy, ethics, history to name a few.
The “study house” or yeshiva as it is called, are the learning institutions that enables and facilitates in depth study of these texts.
traditionally, and still in effect today, students learn in groups of two on a table either side by side or across from one another, which provides them with the opportunity to discuss, debate and understand topics that otherwise would be less effective if done alone.
The shtender was a historic implement, used for this purpose.
i used 3/4 inch plywood as the substrate. the side panels are entirely veneered. For those side panels, i jointed the walnut sides, top and bottom to the quilted maple center, then veneered it onto the plywood. the little gap that was apparent in the areas where the veneer was jointed was covered up by the banding which i made myself from solid maple and black and white dyed veneers.
the top and front panel are made from solid walnut with a veneered plywood panel. the front has two 1/8 veneered panels, one panel veneered with quilted maple rabbeted flush to the outside, the other, from walnut, rabbeted flush to the other side. Hence there is a floating gap between the two veneered panels.
the back, not shown in the photos, is 1/4 inch veneered walnut that was glued flush to the back of the frame. I rabbeted all corners of the frame and added appropriate matching wood banding to create a seamless transition to all joints.
The inside is also completely veneered.
I initially thought that this piece would be more simple and therefore chose appropriate handles before i started the project. after i had attached them to the finished piece i concluded that drop handles would have looked nicer.
there is a full mortise lock installed, the front gets closed with brusso ball and catch mechanisms.
I finished the piece with waterlox varnish that was rubbed out for a mirror look.
All in all a very enjoyable project. being that i was not working of any particular plan and as i am relatively new to woodworking this project took about 150 hours over three months, but who’s in a hurry when your enjoying what you do?
thanks for looking and i look forward to your comments.