Chevalet Build #4: Arm Support

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Blog entry by Mike Lingenfelter posted 12-23-2013 03:56 PM 1872 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’m making some good progress on the Chevalet. The Arm and Frame Support are almost complete. The only thing left to do, is to add the diagonal support for the Frame Support. I just ran out of time last night when I was finishing up.

When I started to work on the Triple Tenon for the frame support post, I thought if it was really needed. It was a challenge to pull off, but after completing it I understand why it was used. The post so rock solid you could run a tank into it and it would stay square! Ok maybe not a tank, but that post isn’t going anywhere.

I started with joinery on the beam. I used the table saw cut the shallow dados on the sides. I think these dados are the key to this joint. This part of joint I think is what keeps the post square to the beam. If the middle mortise and tenon are a little loose, these dados keep the joint sung and square. I then hogged out the center mortise at the drill press and finished it by chiseling out the remaining waste.

The Tenons on the post was a two step process. I laid out the tenons off of the mortises I cut on the support beam. My table saw couldn’t cut the full depth, so I did what I could on the table saw. Then hogged out the rest at the drill press again.

The first test fit was pretty snug. I almost thought I went too far and had do some pretty good banging to get it apart.

The cross frame support went on next. I cut the joinery for the Horizontal and Vertical adjustments on the table saw. This support is attached to the post with a through wedged tenon. This joint was a little “gappy” so I used Epoxy on this joint, to fill in some of the gaps. Again, this joinery is rock solid and should keep things from moving.

Next came the the Horizontal and Vertical supports. I printed out templates from my SketchUp drawing and used some carbon paper to transfer the shape. For the joinery for the Vertical support it was back to the drill press, to hog out the waste.

I did all of the joinery and other work before cutting the final shape of the top. Here’s the final test fit.

I shaped the supports on the band saw, then using rasps and sandpaper I cleaned up the shape.

All that is left is the Pressure Roller and the Saw Frame.

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#1 posted 12-23-2013 04:12 PM

That’s a very spiffy looking chevy Mike, and very well built. I’m sure you will be adding the diagonal support as you said but in my experience it’s not necessary. The M&T joinery (and yours is deeper than mine) is more than enough to keep it solid. All of Patrick’s seem to have gone off square over the years but I don’t think that is happening at the joint, more of an overall twisting I think. My oldest is only a few years and it is still bang on accurate, no adjustments.

I have to say, the hardware sure looks pretty. Mine works fine but it’s just not that pretty. Your whole chevy is truly a beautiful piece of shop furniture. I await the fine work you will surely be turning out with it.

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

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Mike Lingenfelter

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#2 posted 12-23-2013 04:31 PM

Thanks Paul. Good to know about the diagonal support. I agree it’s already pretty solid and I don’t expect much movement in that area but it can’t hurt :). I’m looking forward to make the first cuts! I don’t have any veneer yet, I need to get come cut, so it’s ready when the Chevalet is.


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#3 posted 12-23-2013 05:28 PM

Dang Mike, you got class.
Very nice build. Just beautiful.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#4 posted 12-23-2013 06:55 PM

Great build Mike, that is going to be a rock solid tool that you are going to love using. Very solid joinery and sharp looking hardware. Looking forward to seeing it done!

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

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#5 posted 12-23-2013 07:42 PM

Are you having fun?? All though making mortises are never really all that fun in my book. It’s coming along nicely!

-- Marilyn, Washington,

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Mike Lingenfelter

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#6 posted 12-23-2013 07:45 PM

Thanks Steve, but any resemblance to “class” is a byproduct of building a classy french tool! I do have have Jazz playing in the shop right now, so maybe I do have a little bit of class :).


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#7 posted 12-23-2013 07:48 PM

Marilyn, I’m having a blast! It’s nice to work for a company that shuts down over Christmas through New Year!


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#8 posted 12-23-2013 09:03 PM

Your chevy looks just great Mike. A very nice build.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#9 posted 12-24-2013 02:02 AM

I bet your starting to get excited about all the wonderful possibilities of what to make first. Its looking really, really good.

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#10 posted 12-24-2013 02:43 AM

Mike, the chevalet is coming along nicely. I can’t wait to see it when it’s finished.

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#11 posted 12-24-2013 05:04 PM

great progress, Onto to posting #5.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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