Chevy II; The Canadian Cousin #1: Garry Oak Slabs to Basic Framework

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Blog entry by shipwright posted 04-16-2011 03:01 AM 6602 reads 9 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’ve already blogged my AZ chevalet so this will be a simple “keep you up to date” one about “Chevy II”. When I moved to my current address and built my shop I was fortunate enough to run into a fellow who was moving and had to sell his hoard of local hardwoods. Long story short, I bought two heaped pickup truck fulls of a variety of local hardwoods, all two or more years air dried, for $200 and he helped me move it.

I’m not usually a big Oak fan but as there was a fair amount of quite large dimension Garry Oak in the mix and because Oak would be a good fit for the chevalet (and because I was getting tired of moving it) I decided to give it a try.

This is the kind of stuff that was in the pile.

By the time I milled this down, I had a day’s worth of firewood, a garbage bag full of planer shavings, and the base cross-member.

The next piece was worse. The wood is not too bad but the person who milled it was a butcher to be polite. Clearly he wasn’t using an Alaska Mill or the like. This piece was three inches thick. I got 1 1/2” and shavings.

Enough complaining. The other species in the buy were all in much better shape and I’ve used them in almost all my projects in the last six years. The good news here is that I’ve used up almost all the Oak and I was able to get enough to finish the frame parts where I wanted to use it.

Here are a few more pictures up to where I am now.

These are a couple of quick jigs I had to make up today. The first is to mortise for the angled back leg into the seat. I guess I should have gone the extra bucks and bought the mortiser that did angles. Who knew?

This one was sort of a fun time. Somewhere (in the glue up I suspect) the vertical post developed a twist. I didn’t notice it until the cheek pieces for the arm clamp were glued on. When I first assembled the arm into the clamp it became obvious that the arm was not parallel to the base piece. This will not lead to anything good. The answer was to lay the post down and, with winding sticks and power plane, straighten the front face of the post and clamp cheeks. That’s all nice and everything but the clamping face is still as crooked as it ever was and now has to be trued up to the new front face. I made this simple jig to ground out the clamp face to an even depth from the new front surface. It’s just a scrap of 1/4” plywood with a couple of spring clamps to keep the saw and the plywood together. The saw, moving sideways back and forth across the surface eventually did the job just fine.

Here’s the progress to date. The bench is all ready to glue up first thing tomorrow and the “structural” part will be complete.

If anyone knows where I can get a “CHEVY II” grill emblem, please let me know.

Bye for now.


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

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#1 posted 04-16-2011 03:15 AM

Looks like your off to a great start, I bet it weighs twice what the last one did!!

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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#2 posted 04-16-2011 03:34 AM

That was a quick recovery from an old timber. But I do appreciate your patience in dealing with those irregular timbers. In fact, you are a bit lucky because you were able to get the right size of cut. Sometimes, I glue pieces just to make a big one piece… Actually, it is normal for me in my projects as same as you do in marquetry. I bet that you had keep those cut-offs for future projects.

-- Bert

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#3 posted 04-16-2011 03:36 AM

How about this one?


-- Herb, Florida - Here's why I close most messages with "Be Careful!"

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Mathew Nedeljko

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#4 posted 04-16-2011 03:53 AM

Hey Paul, that looks great! You are working fast, you will have built 2 of these chevy’s before I finish my first one! Great save on that twisted timber, and very ingenious. I will have to remember that. What color is that stain you have on there…looks a bit darker than your AZ model.

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

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#5 posted 04-16-2011 06:17 AM

Paul, yes it’s lots heavier, even though the dimensions are a little lighter.

Thanks Herb, I’m hoping for a scrounge price somewhere but I may have to bite the bullet.

Mat, It’s Minwax “Jacobean” stain, about the darkest they have. I think it will look like an old piece when I finish it up with satin oil.

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

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#6 posted 04-16-2011 08:07 AM

Looking good Paul. Regarding the Chevy ll emblem, here are some places you might find what you’re after to pimp your ride. Alternatively, why not use your chevy to create one out of wood.

Can’t wait to see this baby churning out the goods.

-- Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#7 posted 04-16-2011 10:45 AM

thank´s for sharing another build of a chevalet
its always a pleasure to read your well made toturials

looking forward to the next

take care

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#8 posted 04-16-2011 11:47 AM

I was fortunate to be able to take Paul’s AZ Chevy ‘I’ for a test drive during my recent visit to see him in AZ. Got to experience using it first hand. What an impressive piece of equipment these things are. The control of the workpiece during cutting and the whole ‘in your face’ experience was fantastic. By ‘in your face’, I meant literally, the workpiece is right in front of your nose as your cutting.

Glad to see you made it back to the homeland safely Paul. Can’t wait to visit you up there too.


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#9 posted 04-16-2011 01:31 PM

That is sweet Paul. Interesting fix to the twist problem. You got skills.

I agree with others that you should cut your own Chevy II logo with it.

Glad you made it back to the homeland safe and sound. I just picture it as wonderful.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#10 posted 04-17-2011 04:09 AM

Thanks Brit for the research but probably more for the encouragement to make my own. .....and since Steve agrees, I guess I’ll have to (he really is a rocket surgeon you know)

-- 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 04-17-2011 04:42 AM

Fascinating, Paul. You’re absolutely fascinating!

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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Dennis Zongker

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#12 posted 04-23-2011 01:08 AM

Hi Paul,

This is a great blog. It’s amazing how you make this framework out of ruff lumber.

And you are right about the Dewalt scroll saw, you have a great eye for little details.

-- Dennis Zongker

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#13 posted 05-14-2011 01:07 AM

Hi Paul;

Great workmanship!!!


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#14 posted 08-06-2011 10:35 PM

I’m new to Lumberjocks so have only recently seen your story of milling garry oak—not an entirely happy story! I have a couple of small logs from a limb of a garry oak in our front yard. I’m planning to run them through the bandsaw and then leave the planks to air dry for a year or so. I’ve also some arbutus logs (yes, I live on the Island) which I’m hoping to quartersaw.
The garry oak in your photos looked like it has light sapwood and darker heart wood. Is that correct?

-- Bruce -- Canada

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