Chevy II; The Canadian Cousin

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Blog series by shipwright updated 07-22-2016 08:47 PM 6 parts 24994 reads 80 comments total

Part 1: Garry Oak Slabs to Basic Framework

04-16-2011 03:01 AM by shipwright | 14 comments »

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 ...

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Part 2: Operational but not "Finished"

04-23-2011 07:14 AM by shipwright | 13 comments »

Chevy II is now a working chevalet de marqueterie, but she’s not “finished”. The next week’s schedule will be something like: Put a coat of finish on the chevalet in the warm room. Leave it be and work on getting my boat ready for the rest of the day. Repeat. The actual building of one of these has all been covered so I’ll try to stick to upgrades and improvements. The first photo shows the rebates I made in the vertical adjusting end of the carriage base. ...

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Part 3: The Handle, an Adventure with Cocobolo and Hide Glue.

04-26-2011 01:47 AM by shipwright | 12 comments »

I know I kind of wound this blog up last time but this little adventure was enough fun to warrant another post. As you know if you read the last entry, The knob was about the only thing left to make. How hard can that be? ............. Hard. I started out with a stack of 2 1/4” square x 7/8” Cocobolo blocks and a few thin pieces of Arbutus and Paduk. Here’s where I went wrong, maybe. I didn’t try to remove surface oil before gluing. The gluing process was very simp...

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Part 4: New Blade Clamps

08-10-2015 12:36 AM by shipwright | 17 comments »

Since I built my first chevalet back in 2011 I have redesigned the blade clamps at least three times, never getting one that I really liked on all levels. My constraints were lack of metal working tools and sticking to box store metal supplies. Then last winter I asked a friend who is a hobby metalworker to make me a set of clamps more like the ones that I remembered from ASFM. With his milling machine and lathe this wasn’t too hard at all. Fast forward to last month when I decided t...

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Part 5: Repairing "Curvature of the Spine"

07-20-2016 02:53 AM by shipwright | 11 comments »

Chevy II is five years old now and has never missed a beat. It still cuts perfectly square with the adjusters in neutral position but the whole column has developed quite a curve to the right (as you sit on it). This may be because the column is too narrow but I suspect it has more to do with the poorly milled “urban wood” garry oak from which it was made.At any rate while working on the new plywood model last week I decided to replace the column on the old girl. A plywood column ...

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Part 6: Repairs / Transplant Complete

07-22-2016 08:47 PM by shipwright | 13 comments »

The replacement of the warped main column of my old chevalet is all done and dusted and it won’t be warping again any time soon. Here are some progress pics and final shots. It still needs a little more finish on the new part but that can be done all assembled. I also made the new column an inch longer so that at my 25 1/2” setting the adjustment is no longer topped out.I’m really pleased and just can’t see myself ever building a chevalet out of solid wood again. ........

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