I shelved all of my personal writing projects to complete work on “To Make as Perfectly as Possible: Roubo on Marquetry.” But I know myself well enough that if I don’t spend some time in the shop every day, I’ll spiral into a stressed-out, grumpy and sharp-tongued jerk.
So whenever I could take a short break during the last week, I’ve been banging out this Roubo bookstand in some very old and mild cherry. I considered making it to the exact size specified in the text of “L’Art du Menuisier,” but I think I must have been reading it wrong. My dirty translation had the book stand made from 8/4 stock.
I’ll have to revisit that passage some day. Perhaps next year.
In any case, this one is made from a board that was 1-1/8” x 10” x 21”. The whole thing took about three hours of shop time spread out over several days. I was going to finish it with a polissoir, but I had some fresh garnet shellac handy. If you haven’t tried building one of these from Roy Underhill’s article in Popular Woodworking Magazine, you should. They are as easy as tarte.
And now back to the manuscript.
— Christopher Schwarz