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I have finally finished my chevalet! I used "Shipwright's" aka Paul Miller's excellent Sketch Up design with some tweaking to fit my available raw materials which were essentially pieces of an old oak doorframe that had been destined for the fire, supplemented by various off cuts I found.


I estimated that the wood could have been up to 150 years old based on the annual rings I counted and the likely time it had been in situ in whatever building it was used in.


The wood is as hard as nails and was very time consuming to work with some machine help, but mainly hand tools. In all it took more than a year to complete, but that included a move to a new house and a new workshop!



The build was done on a piecemeal basis by creating the various components and then finally assembling them as a completed whole. The thumbnail pictures show the finished article and some of the major components. The major components were oak but the saw frame was a pice of maple which had been lying around for a few years (it seems to be keeping stable and has not distorted so far) and some iroko in the slider mechanism. I made the blade locking mechanism by hand, learning a lot about metalwork and threading in the process. The knob on the saw frame is African Blackwood turned by an old friend as I do not have a lathe. Thanks Dennis.




Throughout the build process I have had enormous advice and encouragement from Paul and have also closely followed other builds on LJs. Many thanks.
Now I have to work out how to use this wonderful machine. While I am doing that I have as visible reminder by my side with these two drink mats that Paul gave me when he visited England last year.


Apologies for the pictures but I hope they give you enough detail. Any questions or comments will be much appreciated.

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Congrats on your build. I look forward to seeing what you can do with it!
 

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Jim,
Looks great, and you're off to a fast start. Once the final blade alignment is done it's pretty much trouble free. I'm sure you're looking forward to some serious cutting. Great job.
Roger
 

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One more congrats on a superb build.
I see the motor isn't installed yet. :)
And don't forget the marqueter's prayer mat.
 

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Welcome to the chevy club!

Congratulations on a fine looking build Jim. I'm glad I was able to help in some small way.
Meeting you and your good wife was certainly a high point in our last visit to England.
Now let's see some marquetry …... :)

Gene, I haven't told him about the marqueteur's prayer yet ......... but I think he'll figure it out soon enough. :)
 

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What is a chevalet? I see the image but I don't know what it does. I looked up the definition and all I got was that it is the bridge of a stringed instrument. Confused at this point.
 

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Jim I am very impressed with the attention to detail you put into your chevvy, I'm a fence sitter I have the wood earmarked … but still have not pulled the trigger.

Well done on your build.
 

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More and more I like this tool. You build a beautiful chevy,
 

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Thanks for the positive comments from everyone. It was quite an undertaking for me to build this "machine for cutting marquetry" or a chevalet, but I think that it will give me plenty of use and enjoyment. If you have spare wood and some spare time I heartily recommend the exercise. Join a small and exclusive owners' club. It will be worth the effort.
Jim
 

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Very nice machine you have built. Now you are ready to go!! I'll bet you made Paul proud….....Jim
 

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Impressive work Jim. I too am looking forward to your

marquetry projects. Judging by this build you have a lot

more Top3's in your future, good job.
 

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Nice looking Chevy-I'm in the middle of my own build.
 

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Congratulations on finishing it. I will be building one as well, but who knows when that will happen.

What is a chevalet? I see the image but I don t know what it does. I looked up the definition and all I got was that it is the bridge of a stringed instrument. Confused at this point.

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Thumb, it's a hand operated tool that is used to cut veneer for use in marquetry. The design is based off of a centuries old French tool, albeit it is modernized with a linear shaft and bearings for the saw frame to ride on. The operator sits on the back end of the tool, and operates a clamp with his feet while sawing back and forth to cut out the veneer.

Basically it's a really large jig used to make very fine cuts at a perfect 90 degree angle (usually, though can be beveled for certain applications).

Look at LJ member Shipwright's blog posts and project posts for more information.
 

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Nice looking chevy-and nice save of that great old wood!
 

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That is awesome. Shipwright is the man when it comes to the Chevalet. Great job
 

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Congrats on completing the build Jim. I can see that a lot of work went into that. You've done a fine job and I look forward to seeing the project you produce with it.
 
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