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Book Stand Takes a Detour

Let's take a moment for a couple brief detours.

First, "Goodbye summer." There... it's over.

On Monday this week the temp reached a high of 90° F. The last four days have been in the fifties and sixties. So, the days are numbered for the cicadas, like this one in our backyard. For such little dudes, they sure make a prodigious buzzing sound. Some days their chorus seems to drown out my power tools. But not for much longer...

The Checkerboard Parquetry

I wasn't kiddin' in my last post about the large number of glue joints. Take this one parquetry panel for example; 64 pieces in the checkerboard pattern and 4 pieces in the border. That adds up to a whopping 67 fit/glue operations. The yawn you're experiencing as you read these stats will hopefully be replaced with a big smile when you eventually see the finished panel...

On With the Parquetry...

With nearly 300 individual pieces of yellow birch wood and Baltic birch plywood already in the queue for the Jeffersonian Book Stand, you might be able to imagine how many separate glue-ups are involved in the entire process (I decided not to count those. It's a bit mind numbing!) Preparation of substrates and veneers continues with these "baked-in" edges glued and clamped...

Multitasking... 1,2,3

Around the photography activity this past week, I've been multitasking my way through several parts of the Jeffersonian Book Stand.

Cutting the veneers revealed a very consistent quality to the wood throughout the depth of the planks. This was encouraging and will make things simpler when it comes time to lay out and join the individual pieces of parquetry...