Building a Chevalet de Marqueterie #3: Jointing the base and main column

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Blog entry by JeremyPringle posted 12-03-2013 05:48 AM 1134 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 2: M&M.. marking and measuring, take 1. Part 3 of Building a Chevalet de Marqueterie series Part 4: making progress »

I finally took possession of this awesome piece of vertical grain douglas fir. The first thing I did was use my cross cut saw to break it down into some smaller, more manageable sizes. Because it was pretty rough, I ran it through a thickness planer to clean it up a bit. Once I marked out the pieces that I needed, I used a band saw to rough out the shapes.

Yes… I used a band saw to do some roughing out… yup.. even though I really wanted to do everything by hand… milling huge pieces by hand sucks. So I gave in. Unfortunately, I did not have my camera hand at the time, and I was not even at home when I did it.

But, once I got home I was able to put everything on my bench and start planning. I broke out the jointer plane and started to straighten out the faces where I would be gluing them together..

And then glue them together..

Then the same thing for the main column..

Once out of the clamps, I jointed all four sides and made then nice and square..

Now I can start on making the sitting portion of the chevy…

Thanks for checking in..

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#1 posted 12-03-2013 11:16 AM

It’s off to a good start

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#2 posted 12-03-2013 01:23 PM

Good work and an amazing piece of Douglas Fir Jeremy! It seems that everyone making chevys do the main column and foot first. I guess because it is so massive and long.

You are a little ahead of me. I am planing today, really heavy work even though I am using my jointer (I’m old). I’m almost done with the one side and one edge of each 2” thick plank. I hope to put them through the thickness planer tomorrow, then let them sit stickered for awhile to acclimatize before I make any needed corrections with a hand plane before glue-up. I almost forgot to allow enough extra length for the tenon on the main column before cutting. I probably won’t do too much more until after Christmas unless I find some extra time. Meanwhile I will continue to enjoy your blog here and watch your progress.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 12-03-2013 04:10 PM

Good start Jeremy.
There seem to be several new chevy builds popping up. .... I love it !
Good to hear you’re getting started too Mike.

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

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#4 posted 12-03-2013 10:43 PM

Keep the pictures coming, I’m thinking about it but afraid to jump in. I’ll be watching your progress.

-- Tom D

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#5 posted 12-04-2013 12:31 AM

Nice start, I seems like an overwhelming project for some but If you think of it as a lot of small steps it not so bad. I’m enjoying watching your progress.

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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#6 posted 12-07-2013 06:00 AM

Great progress, keep it going!

-- Aim high. Ride easy. Trust God. Neale Donald Walsch

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