Chevalet de Marqueterie

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Last September I had the pleasure of meeting W. Patrick Edwards of the American School Of French Marquetry. He was one of the featured speakers at the Woodworking in America conference held here in Kansas City. My interest has been in building fine boxes, and I have been wanting to involve marquetry in my projects, therefore I signed up for two of his sessions. The result of this meeting has gotten me involved in studying and building the French tool developed in the late 1600’s to cut marquetry: “the donkey” I guess, because one sits astride this machine to operate it.

This Chevalet is not different from those posted on Lumberjocks by other members, as it follows the plans drawn up by patrick and sold with his hardware kits. I will be posting more information on my blog, and for those who are members of the “Chevy Clubhouse” headed up by “Shipwright” I will be putting additional info there as well.

-- Dave, Kansas City

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Dennis Zongker

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#1 posted 03-27-2016 04:55 PM

Congratulations, Dave! I looks like you did a grand job on this one. I’ll be looking forward to seeing some beautiful marquetry on your next boxes!

-- Dennis Zongker

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#2 posted 03-27-2016 05:37 PM

You have done a wonderful job on this fine piece of equipment. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#3 posted 03-27-2016 05:39 PM

Looks great and should help you produce the marquetry for your boxes.

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

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#4 posted 03-27-2016 05:59 PM

Dave that is sweet! I want to build the “donkey” but I was thinking the hardware kit was a bit on the expensive side. Now that you have it built with ” I’m assuming a kit from Patrick Edwards” do you feel it was worth it? I am interested in how it cuts. Does it feel awkward to use? I am sure you have to training yourself. I really want to take a few classes. I can’t wait for shipwright to hold one in Arizona.

-- ~ Guy Woodward, Pflugerville Texas

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#5 posted 03-27-2016 06:12 PM

Your chevalet looks great. I am in the process of building a new house/shop. Once done I definitely plan to add a chevalet to my new workshop.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#6 posted 03-27-2016 06:21 PM

ugoboy, I guess my post is a little misleading. Patrick and I are working on getting a chevalet kit to market. Our agreement was that he would send me the hardware and plans, and I would send him a prototype chevalet that I would offer in kit form. The one I posted is the one that I built as a prototype and sent to him. I have not used the chevy, as I immediately sent it to him. I built a second one for myself, but sold it before it was done. I am now building my third one and it is already sold. so I have yet to have time to get one done for myself. I do plan on taking Patricks class sometime soon to learn how to use the chevy, as I think it’s important for me to be able to answer questions like you have asked. A little more on our partnership can be found on Patricks blog:

-- Dave, Kansas City

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#7 posted 03-27-2016 06:23 PM

woodbridge, If you are planning on a chevy for your new shop, and are interested in a kit, take a look @ patrick’s blog :

-- Dave, Kansas City

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#8 posted 03-27-2016 06:37 PM

You’re offering a great opportunity for any folks who want a chevalet, but don’t want to spend countless hours building their own, to acquire one quickly. I wish your units had been available when I wanted one. Oh, well, too late now, but for folks today who want a high quality chevalet without the time investment, your chevys are a great choice. Your craftsmanship is impeccable.

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#9 posted 03-27-2016 07:34 PM

Very nice work brother.
That Donkey will be a pleasure to use, I’m sure.

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#10 posted 03-28-2016 12:17 AM

This is a giant step forward for the chevalet in North America David. I am so glad that you and Patrick have gotten together on this. I have been asked a number of times to build them for people (succumbed once) but I’m really not interested in doing it. Now I can send them to you! :-)

ugoboy, I am very sorry to say it but as a Canadian visitor with no working visa I am not allowed to teach classes here. I can’t even sell you a $5 box if I made it here. You will either have to make it up to my school in Canada or out to San Diego to Patrick’s. :-(

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

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#11 posted 03-28-2016 04:41 AM

Nice work, Dave! I hope to see one at a Guild meeting, that is if you don’t keep selling them.

-- Craig

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#12 posted 03-28-2016 10:06 AM

Every success with the enterprise! I look forward to see some of your fine boxes with marquetry from your chevalet on them.

-- Madburg WA

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