Plywood Chevalet #1: Sketchup is ready for proofing

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Blog entry by shipwright posted 06-27-2016 01:58 AM 2910 reads 4 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I spent several hours today measuring and inputting to SU to come up with a workable set of plans for this “easy to build” model chevalet and it is at the point that I would like some feedback, let’s call it proof-reading. It is as yet un-dimensioned, although it can be measured with the tape measure tool and I will be adding more detail views as the build blog progresses.

At this point I would just appreciate some scrutiny from those of you more capable than I am with SU.
This should get you the file.

EDIT: New link

Thanks, the blog should be along soon.


-- 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 06-27-2016 02:51 AM

Paul -

Took a quick look at the drawing and so far it looks good. All the pieces seem to fit.

Although the way you have the pieces colored to look like wood, when I draw projects, I usually give unique pieces different colors. It makes it easier to identify.

Now all you have to do is dimension each piece and locate where all the holes are drilled and how big they are.

Thanks for sharing the drawing.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#2 posted 06-27-2016 03:37 AM

Good luck!

You make everything look easy and I known better.

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#3 posted 06-27-2016 03:54 AM

Very good…

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#4 posted 06-27-2016 07:52 AM

Paul, I favorited this without leaving a comment. Shame on me. I really appreciate you posting these plans. I have hopes and aspirations of attending your class in the future. Not incidentally, a friend of mine, Dr. John Bindernagel lives in your neck of the woods.

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be.

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#5 posted 06-27-2016 11:37 AM

I commend you on your enthusiasm Paul.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#6 posted 06-27-2016 08:14 PM

Thanks for the plans Paul.
My scroll saw is dieing and just wondering how good a parts maker for models this would be?
Just wanting something to build the small little bitty stuff.
I just love to build tools and jigs so just wondering.

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#7 posted 06-27-2016 08:23 PM

That would be a snap on a CNC.
One could crank ‘em faster that they could be assembled.

However, cutting a Chevalet on a CNC would be heritical!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#8 posted 06-27-2016 08:35 PM

oldnovice,Actually there is a CNC shop nearby that I am planning to run this past. It isn’t heresy (to me anyway) if it gets another person cutting on a chevalet that would not otherwise have been able to acquire one.

htl, As a parts maker for models …. not sure. Have a look at my videos and try to imagine the parts you want to cut. I’m thinking that you may not have enough to hold them by.

Jerry, I’m looking forward to it. :-)

tyvecboy, thanks for the feedback.

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

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#9 posted 06-27-2016 08:55 PM

Nice job, this will be great.

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

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#10 posted 06-28-2016 04:11 AM

shipwright, if you find out that a CNC version is viable and that you nearby CNC cannot keep up with the volume I might be able to help. I have a 24” × 48” × 5” work envelope on my Shopbot Buddy.

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#11 posted 06-28-2016 05:19 AM

Thanks for the offer but international shipping is a really expensive pain in the a** if you know what I mean. This is mainly for my students who are so far at least all in Canada.

-- 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 06-28-2016 06:33 AM

I keep forgetting you are in God’s country!
Of course there may still be possibiltes with licensing the design and have a sales outlet here in the lower 48.

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#13 posted 06-28-2016 03:28 PM

Great work Paul! A flat-pack Chevy!! There are no excuses now…

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#14 posted 06-30-2016 09:48 AM

I learn something every day. Must admit had no idea what a chevalet is, had to google it. Found a version at Lee Valley tools Plans and hardware.

-- Tony, Australia,

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#15 posted 07-01-2016 04:32 PM

Paul, nice project.

1) Your 29” dimension on the layout is tight. Flip the left Column piece end for end to obtain more room vertically for separating the pieces.
2) The Arm Base in the assembled piece is not a component. It SHOULD be a match to component #48 in the parts layout.
3) You have two copies of Comp.#3 on the layout, superimposed in the same space.
4) The column(comp. #46 & 56) are reversed. They should face the operator.

1) The brown riser plates are shown as plates, not wedges. How do you tighten them up vertically?
2) Comp.#28(2ea) are not a good design using plywood IMO. If this were solid wood, then I would agree on how you use these to make the mortise in the lower seat base, but with plywood, not good IMO.

This was a very quick scan. I reserve the right to more closely scrutinize later.

Overall a fair job. Always an improvement of your SU skills. Just more attention to details. Well done Grasshopper. :)


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