Plywood Chevalet #5: CNC Kits are Ready to Go

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Blog entry by shipwright posted 08-25-2016 12:42 AM 2882 reads 3 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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It’s been a quite a long haul getting all the bugs worked out but the first CNC cut chevy was delivered yesterday and the next three are ready to go. The plan here was to give my students an affordable choice to custom made hardwood “fine furniture” or alternatively an easier home build. I am pleased with the results and I am sure that this will lead to more people experiencing this tool and the fine work that it can do. I have built in arm height adjustment over a range of three inches and I am confident that these will never warp like my solid oak one did.

Here’s a little tour of what the kits will contain.

The basic kit is just the CNC cut pieces. The more complex assemblies have 1/4” alignment holes that will accommodate 1/4” all thread. Add a couple of nuts and the glueup is already partly clamped. A couple of the two layer assemblies don’t as yet have them but they are easy to keep aligned. Obviously these can be shipped easily without damage and should pack very tightly.

Three basic kits.

One basic kit, two views.

Upgrades include the following:

Sub-assemblies glued up, very simple assembly from here.

Solid wood parts kit.

Hardware kit.

..... and finally the fully assembled, tested, and broken down for shipping kit. In the first photo here the carriage beam is held with a clamp and the seat is screwed but not glued. The keyhole test piece is on the seat.

Just for fun, here’s a little video of the parts being cut.

That’s it for now. I have to prepare for fall classes.

Thanks for looking in,


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

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Joe Lyddon

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#1 posted 08-25-2016 12:48 AM

It’s coming along very well!

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

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#2 posted 08-25-2016 01:10 AM

Paul, you are a consummate professional. All woodworkers owe you a debt of gratitude for you attention to detail and being the best. It is nice knowing you. I look forward to your posts.

-- Author of POWER CARVING BOOTS & SHOES - Schiffer Publishing. Available online or your favourite bookstore.

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#3 posted 08-25-2016 01:13 AM

Keep this up and there will be one in every house hold… :)

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#4 posted 08-25-2016 01:29 AM

Mighty fine tools, if I had some spare room in the shop I would be very tempted!

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#5 posted 08-25-2016 01:30 AM

All looks good Paul. Hope the plywood concept does manage to introduce more people to have a go. Keep up the good work.

-- Madburg WA

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Jim Jakosh

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#6 posted 08-25-2016 01:58 AM

Great kits, Paul, and the parts are so accurate made on the cnc!!


-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#7 posted 08-25-2016 02:24 AM

Paul, why don’t you let us know what the price for each respective kit is!

-- 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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#8 posted 08-25-2016 02:25 AM

That’s fantastic Paul, great work! I’m sure if you had posted these 3 years ago I would have a chevy in my attic and not a shavehorse :-) Good times

-- I never finish anyth

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#9 posted 08-25-2016 02:34 AM

Paul, why don t you let us know what the price for each respective kit is!

- Jerry

Jerry, I’d rather not be commercial on the forum. I will PM you.

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

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#10 posted 08-25-2016 04:46 AM

Brother Paul,

Outstanding! I continue to be encouraged by the love you have for your craft! If you had been born a few centuries ago I believe you would give Boulle a sense of insecurity! I am excited to put one of these to work soon.



-- "With a little bit of faith, and some imagination, you can build anything!" Nate

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#11 posted 08-25-2016 06:01 AM

the whole project has been all class Paul, all the best with the realization phase, Tip of the hat to you mate I know these will sell like crazy :)

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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Mark Wilson

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#12 posted 08-25-2016 08:46 AM

I am amazed, Paul, by how little there is to a kit that becomes such a huge, life-changing thing. I’m recalling the photo of yourownbadself, with the entire thing slung over one shoulder and tucked under one arm. Speechless, am I. I’m sure you’ll be offering it on the school website.

-- Mark

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#13 posted 08-25-2016 09:54 AM

You’re a very crafty, clever guy, and I truly appreciate all that you have done to inspire me to go further. Who knows where this will all lead for you. I just hope I can work things out to come take some courses with you.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#14 posted 08-25-2016 12:43 PM

Its great that you are helping to make the chevalet available to more and more woodworkers. My new shop is coming along and I’m looking forward to having one soon afterwards.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#15 posted 08-25-2016 10:14 PM

Great presentation of the different kits you have available and that should bring traffic and inquiries to your school website.


-- Kiefer

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