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Blog series by TobiasZA updated 07-17-2015 07:57 PM 7 parts 9327 reads 25 comments total

Part 1: Part #2

05-18-2015 08:29 AM by TobiasZA | 4 comments »

Morning.Paul, thanks so much for your enthusiasm and support. Thanks Dutchy for following my build. Below are a few pictures of the beginnings of the build. With me not using a table saw anymore, I have been cutting the joints, especially the bridle and M&T joints, by hand and I find immense enjoyment and satisfaction in doing them. Considering the time it used to take to set up the tenoning jig, cross checking the angle of the blade etc etc, I am finding that a good cup of coffee, no ma...

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Part 2: Small Beginnings

05-17-2015 08:50 AM by TobiasZA | 9 comments »

As my “Honey-Do” and client projects wind down a little before it really gets cold here in Swellendam, I have at last made a start on my build. A few weeks of regular scrounging at my local tip has yielded some good lumber and adding this to my off cut stack, I think that I have enough lumber to do the job. Buying the hardware kit and plans from ASFM at $500.00 means I would have been into about ZAR6,500.00 before I even made a start. So…..enter “Shipwright” w...

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Part 3: Some Progress and Pictures

05-21-2015 10:23 AM by TobiasZA | 2 comments »

Morning all. I have made a reasonable amount of progress on the various parts. Today’s job is the seat frame. This is made of locally grown air dried Blue Gum. Heavy wood! Below are a few more pics to bring the project up to date. I started wandering around Inkscape last night….”Daunting” is a phrase that comes to mind. Anyway, I have a few projects for clients that I have held off until the Chevy is ready to work, these were originally planned to do with a birdR...

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Part 4: And the hip bone's connected to.......

05-23-2015 03:58 PM by TobiasZA | 5 comments »

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 teno...

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Part 5: Wife: What on earth is that Thing?

05-27-2015 04:47 PM by TobiasZA | 4 comments »

When I told her that it is going to be a “Chevalet de Marqueterie”, she told me not to swear at her! I have managed a bit more progress yesterday and today, and to me it feels that it looks a little more like the thingy that I set out to build. Quite a bit still to go though….. metalwork for the saw frame, the saw frame itself, the foot pedal system, cleaning up here and there, and then the tuning…..I am feeling somewhat daunted by the tuning part, but am sure th...

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Part 6: Almost Complete...

06-07-2015 08:18 AM by TobiasZA | 1 comment »

On Friday I finished all of the wood componentry for my Chevalet. Out here in Swellendam, it is a little difficult to find certain things such as light thin chain for the foot pedal clamp. I know I have brass chain somewhere in the shop, but just cannot find it. My alternative will be to order some from Cape Town if it does not turn up. I approached the wonderful plane maker, Jan Nezar (LJ-Toolchap) of Mossel Bay about 1.5 hours away to make up the metal components for the saw frame and he...

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Part 7: Metal parts for the build

07-17-2015 07:57 PM by TobiasZA | 0 comments »

A few days ago, a very dear friend and I went off to Dana Bay to visit another lumberjock. This enigmatic and remarkable fellow calls himself Toolchap. His workshop reminds me of my dad’s shop when I was young…. and the perennial question came to mind once again, how the hell does he get his mind boggling array of tools into that small space, the best part is that he knows exactly where everything is, I bow humbly before him!! What a wonderful trip it turned out to be. We had g...

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