Chevalet Build #1: Getting the lumber

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Blog entry by Mike Lingenfelter posted 10-06-2013 10:28 PM 2626 reads 4 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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It’s been awhile since I’ve posted here on LumberJocks, but because there seems to be interest in the Chevalet here, I thought this would be best place to chronicle my Chevalet build.

I decided to pick up a Chevalet kit from Patrick Edwards. It came with full-size drawings, which was great. Although having full-size drawings in a small shop, was a little cumbersome. So, I decided to convert Patrick’s plans into a SketchUp model. I still have a few tweaks to finish on the model, but that should be wrapping up soon.

This weekend I went looking for some lumber. Beech is one of the “traditional” woods used to build a Chevalet. Beech can be a little pricey in my area, so I thought I would have to go with: Ash, Maple or maybe Oak. It turned out I got a really good deal on some European Beech. It was cheaper than the rest and looked a lot better!

This next weekend I should be able to start the milling and maybe some of the build.

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#1 posted 10-07-2013 12:36 AM

Added to my watchlist Mike, sounds like an interesting build.

-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.

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#2 posted 10-07-2013 05:52 AM

Hi Mike. You should check out the chevalet club It’s a place here on LJ’s that we set up for chevy discussions and related posts. Drop by and meet the others. Welcome!
I’m sure we’ll all be watching your blogs.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#3 posted 10-07-2013 01:53 PM

Thank you Paul for taking the time and effort to share what you have learned about the Chevalet or Chavelet. I am a plumber and pursuing wood working. This tool (machine) is truly fascinating. Not able at this time to spend $550 for the plans and hardware from Patrick Edwards. I am surprised there is not a dvd from any wood working magazine on this. Perhaps Patrick Edwards can partner with Taunton or some one to produce one. I would buy it in a heart beat. Thanks again. Please continue.

-- Success= The progressive realization of a worthy ideal, Earl Nightingale

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#4 posted 10-07-2013 04:47 PM

Thanks Paul, I have been following the Chevalet Club thread. I’m only just starting out on this journey, and it’s nice to see all of the interest here.

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#5 posted 10-09-2013 12:52 AM

Hey Mike that looks like excellent material to build a Chevalet from. Your model looks fabulous, and given the fact that you took the time to build it in sketchup means you are already pretty familiar with how the parts go together. Don’t hesitate to shout with any questions, and I’ll be watching for your progress updates. Good luck!

-- Aim high. Ride easy. Trust God. Neale Donald Walsch

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#6 posted 10-09-2013 02:50 PM

Thanks Mathew. Everyone has been very generous in offering any help they can. If anything comes up, I’ll be asking for help here.

You are right about spending time with SketchUp, you do get an idea on how a project will go together.

Denny – I’m putting a few finishing touches on my SketchUp model, and it should be freely available soon. I’ve shared the SketchUp file with Patrick and he may post a link to it on his blog. Also, many people have made their own hardware for this project. I would say the most difficult parts to make yourself, are for the blade holding. Others have come up with some creative ways to attach the blade. Patrick also just sells just this part, which cuts down on the cost.

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