If I am qualified to grant such honor (dubious as it may be) then you are in.
Congrats on your build and I'm really glad to hear that you are impressed with the cuts you can make.
I have BLO on my Green Valley chevalet and Minwax Antique Oil on my Canadian cousin.
Can't wait to see your first projects cut with the new chevalet.
Welcome to the club Bob…it looks like it turned out just fabulous. You are going to be amazed at the precision you can obtain with this machine. Congratulations on the build, and I can't wait to see the projects you create!
Thanks Matt & Paul First I need to figure out how to use it (build a packet and find temples). I don't have any veneer's to play around with just yet and the closest place I know of is about an hour and a half away. I still have some work to do on it…like making the clamps parallel, tune it up and put a knob under the seat which is adjustable in/out. OH and get another handle for the saw, the one someone turned for me split in half before I could use it.
I wanted to ask how you get the seams tight when you cut out a pattern. And does using Hyde Glue do the best job for glue ups? I still have a lot of questions and each time I get an answer it brings up more questions so I am very glade I will be going to school. exelectrician Thank you, I did do it thanks to all for the encouragement and guidance.
All those questions will be answered at ASFM better than we could explain here Bob.
Concentrate on getting the feel of the saw at first.
If you don't have veneer practice on 1/8" plywood or thin MDF.
The seams will take care of themselves and are dealt with differently in different styles.
Lots of glues are used by different marqueters but I like hide glue and when Patrick gets through with you so will you.
I bought the saw metal parts and blades from Patrick Edwards because my shop is not fully set up and unpacked from our move yet. You can make the blade holders if you have a vice, hacksaw, taps & dies as well as the time to spend making them. Shipwright has a set of Sketchup drawings to follow and use as a guide as well as an excellent blog. He and Matt were a lot of help giving pointers a long the way. Its not hard to make, you just need to take your time and think along the way
Good job. I note one thing. The horizontal and vertical adjustment arms are on the wrong side of the saw support. Normally the vertical adjustment is on the inboard side (the worker side) and the horizontal is on the outboard side. This is because, over time, the longer arm of the saw support tends to drop, and it is better to have the vertical adjustment on that side to compensate.
However, if it works, it works. Next time switch these two parts.
Wpatrick somewhere along the line I got confused as to which was which I had it the other way first then changed it. Right now the Horizontal adjuster is on the inboard side (Horizontal to me meant adjustable on a horizontal plane) back and forth and Vertical up and down. My swan necks are kind of funky so I will be remaking them after I return from school I hope to do a better job on them next time but for now its dead on I cut about 5 key holes without any adjusting at all and they slide in and out from both directions, what are the chances of that happening again? Not much I think. Thanks everyone.
Over time it may go out of adjustment and you may have to remake the swan neck elements to bring it back into alignment. The fact that it works now, without adjustment, indicates to me that your measurements for building it were excellent.
You should also add a diagonal brace to the saw support arm. Look at my chevalet on my blog: http://www.WPatrickEdwards.blogspot.com
Use the search engine to find the recent post: "Chevalet anatomy lesson"
This looks like an extremely well crafted tool to me. I am sure you will get a lot of pleasure out of it and probably quite a few people after you again. What a joy it must be to do such precision work on something you made yourself! Maybe I will be lucky enough to meet you guys in another life and join your up to now rather exclusive club. The quality and quantity of work one of these things can produce is pretty amazing. Looking forward to seeing some of you marquetry projects!
Thanks Mike, I am still working on the shop (Picked up insulation for the ceiling today) I hope to have the cribbing and insulation up by next week then its a matter of waiting for my son-in-law to come with the sheet rock hoist to help get it up on the ceiling, before the end of Feb I hope.