It all started when I got my first “Pizza Box of Veneer” from Lee Valley.
It’s not too hard to find a place around a shop the size of mine for a pizza box but veneer is
fragile and I already had quite a bit of shop cut veneer lying around that needed a home so I made my first veneer storage drawers. This is just one pizza box of veneer.
They worked very well and the shop was much less cluttered. They are built inside my vertical plywood storage area so they are 4 feet deep and held even my longest shop cut pieces.
Then I built my chevalet and the complexity of my marquetry became much greater and the pieces became much smaller. It was clear that I now needed marquetry shelves (trays). and a place to store them along with the assorted veneer saws, veneer tape, brass wire brush etc., etc., ect. that were accumulating in support of the new venture.
These are three of the marquetry shelves that I made. They are used to organize the many small parts prior to assembly.
I decided to make use of a gap between two sets of drawers in my outfeed table and make room for the shelves and a few more drawers there. They currently have no handles and are bare MDF because of course there will be a large marquetry piece that covers the area. (eventually)
Again all was organized, not a common thing around my shop, and all was working well until I ordered a variety of veneer from a mail order supplier. When it arrived I found that most of it was in 12’ pieces.
Clearly more storage was required but this was going to be a little harder than finding room for a pizza box. Here’s my solution. The box is over twelve feet long and about four inches deep by two feet wide.
It serves as a marquetry work space on the closed end and when the other end isn’t needed open I can use the whole box as a bench for cutting and assembling.
And of course you will have noticed the lines (ropes to non sailors) to the ceiling. They pull the whole thing including work in progress on top up out of the way when not in use.
So there you have it, a few small changes that you too may have to make if you fall for marquetry. It may seem like a lot of trouble but I have had more fun with this than I ever would have thought.
That’s it. comments,etc always welcome.
-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglas boats he would have given us fibrerglas trees. http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/