Plywood Chevalet

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Blog series by shipwright updated 08-27-2016 11:51 PM 6 parts 15808 reads 95 comments total

Part 1: Sketchup is ready for proofing

06-27-2016 01:58 AM by shipwright | 18 comments »

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...

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Part 2: Working class chevalet, now operational

07-04-2016 11:25 PM by shipwright | 12 comments »

The plywood version of my chevalet de marqueterie is now functional and the new owner loves it. It performs the keyhole test perfectly with no adjustment on the horizontal and vertical adjusters, is solid as a rock, and doesn’t even look too bad. I will hold off posting it as a project until Kendra finishes hammer veneering it with 1/16” Khaya however. For now, here are some “finished” photos. The clamp on the carriage is because we plan to veneer the arm and carria...

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Part 3: Hammer Veneering .... Won't be long now.

07-13-2016 04:47 AM by shipwright | 18 comments »

The plywood version of my chevalet design is officially a success. It cuts really nicely, is solid as a rock, and can be put together considerably more economically than a solid wood model and with less woodworking experience. ...... but it looks like plywood. :-( Well it did until today anyway. The new owner of the prototype ( one of my recent students, Kendra) came over today and made a very good start on hammer veneering it with some pretty 1/16” mahogany. She hadn’t done a...

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Part 4: The Build Blog is Up

08-09-2016 05:00 AM by shipwright | 14 comments »

I have finally finished the build blog to go along with the plywood chevalet. I only covers the plywood parts as the rest is covered in my original blogs hosted here. This time I have decided to host the build blog on the CSFM website and it was just too much work to do twice....sorry. Anyone interested can find it here: Thanks for looking.

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Part 5: CNC Kits are Ready to Go

08-25-2016 12:42 AM by shipwright | 21 comments »

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 ...

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Part 6: The Cruising Chevy Finds a Home

08-27-2016 11:51 PM by shipwright | 12 comments »

A couple of weeks ago I delivered the first plywood chevalet kit to a cruise ship that was visiting Victoria. It took a short cruise to Seattle and then headed out to its new home in Northern California. Well it is now ready for its official debut on LJ.David and Linda, the new owners, have done a fine job of assembling and finishing her with shellac and wipe-on poly. I think she looks just great showing off her 65 ply column. Congrats on a great job! Maybe you don’t have to hid...

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