My brain works in funny ways. Adult ADHD perhaps.
I’ve been fooling around with marquetry for maybe two months, since I finished building a Marquetry Chevalet, which I had to build after taking a marquetry class at the American School of French Marquetry. That in itself was supposed to be a lark, a fun thing to do to distract myself from work pressures. Little did I know I’d get sucked in and end up tooling up to make jigsaw puzzles out of paper thin wood.
OK, to be fair, everyone who knows me would have made that prediction.
So I’ve done a few practice marquetry projects, and I want to do a simple vanilla woodworking build to loosen up. Maybe build a small tool chest? In fact, A Dutch chest would be a reasonable project. Not too big of an undertaking. But wait, I need to incorporate some marquetry into it right?
Yeaaaah, that’ll work. Maybe. We’ll see.
But first I need to build the carcase. But before I do that I should probably knock out that Moxon vise I’ve been planning. I know I can cut dovetails on a wide board without it, but I want one.
This should be a simple thing, even for me. (Fingers crossed). A couple of bits of threaded rod, nuts, wood. I found some 1″-5tpi Acme rod and nuts on eBay to get started. It was fairly inexpensive, about $60 plus shipping for 36″ of rod and six nuts. It’s awesome stuff, beautifully smooth threads.
Then wood. I have some 8/4 Eastern Walnut that should be good for this. If I can would around the knot and waney edges.
Then I need a plan. Two boards, two holes in each. Easy Peasy. Well, maybe I should draw up some simple plans. This should be good. I can clamp up to 24″ wide boards in this, and I allowed for 4″ of clamping width – which should be more than enough. Maybe too much, the tradeoff is the screws stick out on the front of the vise. I’ll have to see what it looks like in real life.
I milled up the lumber from rough stock this afternoon, and should be able to build the wood part tomorrow. I need my welder to make the handles, and it’s DOA – but parts are on order and I’ll have it up next week I expect.