Building a Chevalet de Marqueterie #2: M&M.. marking and measuring, take 1.

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Blog entry by JeremyPringle posted 11-28-2013 04:19 AM 1626 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: The Chevalet de Marqueterie build starts sooner than planned! Part 2 of Building a Chevalet de Marqueterie series Part 3: Jointing the base and main column »

I have not been able to sleep much the last few nights since I uncovered those pine boards. So today being a day off, I decided to jump in and start marking and measuring them. I am using the drawing in Pierre Ramond’s book Marquetry, and Paul Shipwright’s sketchup as my base. Most of the frame pieces are 100mm to 110mm thick. Because of this I am going to have laminate my 50mm pieces to become 100mm… for the base and the column. (still 10mm shy, but I am crossing my fingers the 10mm wont make much difference)

In Ramond’s book, the drawing also has call out numbers for each component. After marking and measuring I wrote the call out number as well, just so I don’t duplicate anything, or miss anything. I used a thick pencil to mark everything out, but its still hard to see in the picture. With my two pieces of pine, I was only able to mark out the base, main column, seat, rear leg and stretcher. Once I got them marked out.. I immediately wish that I had more wood to measure out. My initial impression was that I was going to be able to get more out of these two pieces of wood. My bad, I was taken by surprise when I started looking at the book and Paul’s sketchup model with how thick these components are… and it only makes sense that they are.

None the less…. back to the hunt for some more wood. Thankfully, I made a deal with someone earlier this week to buy a piece of vertical grain Douglas fir. In keeping with the metric theme 50mm thick, 305mm wide, and 3962mm long. That should be enough to get me back on track. With that in mind, I might wait to cut up the pine to see if I can make everything out of the fir and keep the pine for something else, like the saw bench that I really, really need.

A note about the saw bench. I am having slight battle of wills with this chevy build. I have not touched metal to wood yet, and already I am having issues. On one hand I want this done… now… I want to use it… like a little kid with a new fire truck… I want it, I want it, I want it. On the other hand, I want to cherish the build, relish every moment, pour everything I have into this. I am of course talking, power vs. hand. I am leaning towards hand of course, and to do so, I really should build the saw bench FIRST, then there would be no reason to use any power at all.

I might even be able to use the saw bench build to justify buying a new saw!!!

8/4, 12” wide, 13’ long.

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#1 posted 11-28-2013 04:29 AM

I hope you find the time to finish your project, i’m sure it will be great.

-- Paul, West Hollywood,

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#2 posted 11-28-2013 05:04 AM

Devil’s advocate here Jeremy but tools are just the means, not the end. If you really want to use it, get it built.
I guess I understand the desire to build by hand but if using the tool is what you want to do, get it built.
If on the other hand building the tool is what you want to do then you can disregard the above.

Just my strange logic and sense of priorities.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#3 posted 11-28-2013 01:55 PM

I can understand exactly how you feel about wanting to get the Chevalet done Jeremy. I agree with Paul that if your real goal is to get doing marquetry work as fast as possible, then doing everything by hand will only slow down the process. You could do the rough cutting, jointing and planing work with machines to save a lot of time and then have fun doing the joinery work with hand tools. After all, in the old days most journeymen used apprentices to do the hard work before they did the fine work.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#4 posted 11-29-2013 04:30 AM

I agree with you Paul. But there is something different about building this chevy. Somehow it seems to hold more weight, and I feel that I would not be doing it justice if I pounded it out using the power tools. However.. the vertical grain dug fir that I bought is pretty rough.. and there is a really good chance that its going to go through the thickness planer once I have it in more manageable pieces.

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