(Spoken in my best dark lord voice) Something something marquetry, something something something construction complete! (Accompanied by evil laugh)
Today I glued up and clamped down the top of the box to the rest of the box. After four hours dry time, I was able to put the box on the bandsaw and cut the top back off! Oh the irony! Now the board with the marquetry has sides about a half inch hanging down from it. Next, I took one inch strips of white poplar and lined the sides of the bottom part of the box to give the top something to grip on. (Once you see a picture, it will make sense.)
When I describe what I do, I wonder how You, the reader, must feel. Do you feel like Moshe Rebbanu receiving directions from Hashem about how to build the Aron or the Mishchan? I can just picture Moshe’s face trying to receive building instructions looking a bit like a deer in headlights. (No slight to Moshe intended) Then Hashem recognizes what is happening and says “don’t worry Moshe, I will let Bezalel know what to do.” Needless to say, aside from Yaakov avinu, Bezalel is my Torah hero.
From Wikipedia for those of you unfamiliar with this story:
The rabbinical tradition relates that when God determined to appoint Bezalel architect of the desert Tabernacle, He asked Moses whether the choice were agreeable to him, and received the reply: “Lord, if he is acceptable to Thee, surely he must be so to me!” By virtue of his profound wisdom, Bezalel succeeded in erecting a sanctuary which seemed a fit abiding-place for God, who is so exalted in time and space (Exodus R. 34:1; Numbers R. 12:3; Midrash Teh. 91). The candlestick of the sanctuary was of so complicated a nature that Moses could not comprehend it, although God twice showed him a heavenly model; but when he described it to Bezalel, the latter understood immediately, and made it at once; whereupon Moses expressed his admiration for the quick wisdom of Bezalel, saying again that he must have been “in the shadow of God” (Hebrew, “beẓel El”) when the heavenly models were shown him.”
Was that rabbit trailing or what!?!
After a great deal of pondering and speaking with my wife, I have decided not to add any fine line detailing to the marquetry. I plan to write another post just about that topic.
My next step is finishing work, and once more, I am in still trying to decide what type of finish to use.
More to come…..