Chevalet de Marqueterie #4: And the hip bone's connected to.......

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Blog entry by TobiasZA posted 05-23-2015 03:58 PM 1216 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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A great day in the shop today. Did my habitual Saturday morning chisel check, sharpen and hone and then settled down to finish the construction of the seat section. This I made entirely out of the air dried Blue Gum and I am getting more and more enamoured with this particular species, it joints crisply, sands reasonable fast and planes beautifully, although there will always be some interlocking grain to mess with one’s kharma! (main reason is I get it really cheaply)

I did the tenon for the for the spring clamp system base part which fits into the seat with wedges as well…it ain’t coming out!

All in all, a lovely day in the shop, the rest of the weekend I shall turn the wheels for the clamps, cut and fit the connector blocks for the two assemblies and and work on the metal carrier bar.

Thanks again Paul, your Sketchup drawing makes the whole project extremely easy to follow and I could not have got this far without it.

Some more pics:

Thanks for looking in.

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#1 posted 05-23-2015 05:54 PM

It’s coming along nicely.

-- It always looks better when it's finished!

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#2 posted 05-23-2015 06:58 PM

Your craftmanship is oustanding.

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#3 posted 05-23-2015 10:03 PM

Looks very clean Tobias.
Funny story:
When I built my first one I had only a few photos I found online to work from. It wasn’t until a few years later when I was at Patrick Edwards’ class at ASFM that he pointed out to me that I had missed a detail. In all the other chevalets around the rear support on the seat is a leg that reaches the floor and has a stretcher to the front leg. In mine the front leg reaches the floor but the stretcher becomes more of a “foot” and the rear leg mortices into it. When I looked back sure enough the pictures I had worked from had the stretcher.
I will always have a warm little feeling when I see one with a foot. I will know I helped a little with it and that is certainly worth a smile.

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

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#4 posted 05-23-2015 11:07 PM

I have been following these chevalet build for a while. I probably will never get into marquetry. I still want to build one sometime. It is down the list a ways but someday.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#5 posted 05-25-2015 06:22 AM

Thanks for the support, gentlemen. very interesting Paul. I have now looked carefully at other Chevalets and yes, the PRM design is unique! Given the fact that this machine appears to have been in use as a complete unit by around 1680, then it stands to reason that that it did not simply arrive on the scene, but went through any number of variations in it’s development over many many years to eventually end up with what we now know as a Chevalet. I am sure that there were many variations of the device over the early years, much as with any other wooden machines that also evolved and were fine tuned throughout history, or am I talking out of my ear?

I am also of the opinion that the timeline of the evolution of the chevalet is possibly very closely tied to the timeline of the evolution of the very fine saw blades.

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