...or A Ford guy takes a Chevalet for a test drive.
Paul Miller (Shipwright) invited me to his home in Green Valley, AZ to see his shop built Shopsmith/lathe based thickness sander. A really neat, useful and precise tool. His build blog starts here Sander It’s so simple to build….and inexpensive….that anyone with the need for a thickness sander should seriously consider building one like Paul’s.
But, after taking a gander at the sander and viewing it in operation, Paul sprung a surprise. He had drawn out a desert scene on a 4 piece packet of veneer, which he handed me and said he wanted me to cut it on the Chevalet de Marquetrie. I think he mentioned it might take a half hour or so to cut. WRONG! Well, maybe total cutting time for him might have been a half hour or less. For me, closer to one and a half hours…With breaks to steady the nerves, I spent at least 2 hours at it.
Here’s a picture of what passes for total concentration for an old man.
To correctly operate the Chevalet, one must coordinate a foot (to clamp and release the work) while continuously cutting with the right hand on the saw and the left hand guiding the work. Heck, I can’t even walk and chew gum! It took some getting used to, for sure.
After getting all the pieces cut, Paul took the hide glued packet apart and reassembled the pieces to form four differently colored scenes.
Later, after the wife and I had left, he sand shaded some of the pieces, reassembled and glued them. Finally, he veneered them onto a box he had constructed.
Here is the result. I just received it yesterday.
I want to thank Paul for his hospitality and for pulling an old man out of his comfort zone. And many thanks for taking the time to put this piece together and send it to me. Phyllis and I will treasure it forever.
-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton