Building Some Chevalets, a Class Action #5: "Furniture" Complete, Done for Now

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Blog entry by shipwright posted 07-22-2015 12:55 AM 1955 reads 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 4: Day Four ....... Seems Longer Part 5 of Building Some Chevalets, a Class Action series Part 6: Slow Progress ......but progress none the less »

Today I got the “furniture” pretty much completed. What remains to be made are the working parts of the saws and they will have to wait. Tomorrow I will switch gears and get into preparing for my presentations at the fine arts show. They are on Saturday and once I get through them (and maybe go sailing for a couple of days) I will get back to finish these little guys.

The first shot here is of the chaos that happens when I get into a project. There are off-cuts everywhere and every horizontal surface is covered with scrap, tools, parts, and shavings/chips/dust. The photo makes it look tidier than it actually was.

After piling the scrap into a garbage can, vacuuming the bench tops and sweeping the floor (a little) I got these pictures of twenty three hours work on twelve ten foot boards. I think they look kind of cute actually.

In the past, it has taken me around forty hours to build one of these, taking my time and figuring out upgrades and modifications as I went. Based on that and not planning any mods (well, not many) I gave myself sixty hours for these. That still seems realistic as I see myself as about a third done. Another third will be the working parts and the final third will be the “cleaning up” and finishing.

Next instalment will likely be next week.

Thanks for looking in and for the kind comments.


-- 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 07-22-2015 01:44 AM

Looks like they are coming along nicely. Good luck with your presentations on the weekend.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#2 posted 07-22-2015 02:42 AM

I don’t think we are kind. Not rude, but not kind. The only criticism is positive, because you do great work..Good luck! Oh yeah love the widows and all that floor space!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#3 posted 07-22-2015 04:32 AM

Well that is one pile of work out of the way and looking pretty god .
Yes I think you should go sailing for a bit as it will refresh you and be ready and happy to get back with your passion for these CHEVYS .
I hope the presentation turns out to be a hit for you and I wish you all the luck but I expect some pictures and a report .
BTW: I thought I was the only one piling stuff to the right of the fence like that .LOL

Take care Klaus

-- Kiefer

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Joe Lyddon

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#4 posted 07-22-2015 04:39 AM

Next week?!

What are you going to do This week?!

Kidding… Whatever you do, it’s time well spent…

We’ll patiently wait until the next installment…

You’re doing such a GREAT job on these…

It’s good to see that I’m not the only one that ends up with a messy shop… :)

Thank you… Take care…

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#5 posted 07-22-2015 09:16 AM

Coming along nicely for sure. It’s pretty Hot & Muggy here so haven’t hit the shop as much as I like. Well done

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#6 posted 07-22-2015 12:00 PM

I’ve been following with interest. Wow. Your speed makes me look like a complete slug. I think at this point I had my stock prepared and rough dimensioned. And you have four chevys ready for the metal. Impressive. And they look great to boot. Bet you could have done the Ark in record time. LOL

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

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#7 posted 07-22-2015 12:20 PM

Impressive progress even for you Paul and utterly astounding if compared to the time it took me to build my Chevy. I do appreciate your ‘messy shop’ photo. It is very gratifying that I am not alone, although your shops looks very neat compared to mine in the midst of a project. I hope you have a great time with your presentations and I’m sure you will generate a lot of interest in your upcoming marquetry class. Looking forward to hearing how it went.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#8 posted 07-22-2015 01:09 PM

Still watching and (hopefully) learning. For me it’s like a 50-something guy who used to play slow pitch softball in a rec league – watching the world series. ;-)

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#9 posted 07-22-2015 03:07 PM

well you have gotten this far, now lets see some automation, i can see all four working to bring us another beautiful jewelry box….i would rather go out on friendship for a few days, ive learned a new way to cook some salmon up, we would have to have some land for a bit….well enjoy the rest of this build, i have high hopes for some interested students.

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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Mathew Nedeljko

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#10 posted 07-23-2015 01:33 AM

That is a fleet of chevy’s that you now have in your shop Paul… what does that make it now 6 in total? They look great. Hope you have a great time at the art show and generate a ton of interest in your class. Good fortune heading your way!

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

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#11 posted 07-23-2015 02:31 AM

Thanks folks,

Hey Mat. It’s five in my shop here, one in my Az shop and the one I made for Bob so I have six but I’ve made seven.
........ but who’s counting? :-)

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

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#12 posted 07-23-2015 05:35 PM

That is incredible Paul! Now, what pair of reading glasses will be used for the working parts ;-)

-- I never finish anyth

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#13 posted 07-27-2015 10:35 PM

Always a pleasure to read and learn for your posts. Thanks for posting.

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