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Chevalet Build #3: Working on the seat

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Blog entry by Mike Lingenfelter posted 12-16-2013 12:45 AM 833 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 2: Starting the build Part 3 of Chevalet Build series Part 4: Arm Support »

I had productive weekend in the shop, and made some good progress on the Chevalet. I mostly work on the seat this weekend, and now it’s starting to look like something recognizable.

The base was a little bit of a challenge, with the angled back leg and the through tenons.

The because the leg is angled, the through mortises are also angled. I drilled out the bulk of the waste then chiseled the mortise using an angled guide block to help. I had a little blowout when drilling out the waste, but It’s not too bad, and it’s down low where most people won’t see it. I wedged the tenons, and I don’t think those will ever come loose! I also used Epoxy on this joint, because I felt I needed a longer open time.

The front of the stretcher is attached with a long bolt, going through main support. The plans weren’t clear on the type of joinery at this location, so I decided to add a couple dowels to help. Although, I had it bolted together without the dowels and it was pretty sturdy.

I then attached the seat. I had planned to do through tenons on the seat and back leg, but because of a measurement error, the back leg was too short and ended up being a housed mortise and tenon.

I believed the front of the seat is just supposed be screwed to the front leg, but I used dowels again and threaded bolt. I’ve been tapping threads into wood lately and it’s been working pretty well. So I tapped the threads for the bolt, to just hold the front of the seat down. So far it’s holding really well.

I rough cut the seat shape and test fitted the Pressure Roller Post. I still have a lot edges to round over but the seat is pretty much done.

Now that the seat has been attached, the whole structure is quite solid and heavy! It should provide a solid base for the arm and saw frame.



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Woodbridge

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#1 posted 12-16-2013 01:06 AM

A very interesting blog. It looks like you are making good progress. I’m looking forward to the next instalment.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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shipwright

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#2 posted 12-16-2013 02:53 AM

Looking really nice.
This will be a fine workplace. I wish you as many peaceful hours there as I enjoy on mine.
I’m very happy to see how many chevys are being built here on LJ.
Welcome to the club.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees. http://prmdesigns.com/

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stefang

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#3 posted 12-16-2013 10:17 AM

Nice work Mike. I can imagine you are looking forward to getting finished so you can start using it. Fun to watch your build.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Mike Lingenfelter

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#4 posted 12-16-2013 03:59 PM

Yes, I can’t wait to use it for the first time! My company shuts down the week of Christmas and through New Year. I’ll have 12 days to spend in the shop, minus a couple days spent with family. I should easily be able to finish it up over that time.

Mike

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stefang

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#5 posted 12-16-2013 04:55 PM

I feel the same way, but while I have done the initial lumber planing I am waiting until after Christmas to start building mine. So far I have managed to acquire all the needed components except for a simple piece of 18-1/2” long square steel tubing in the right size (Paul Miller version). Frustrating!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Mike Lingenfelter

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#6 posted 12-16-2013 05:00 PM

Mike, I’d say look at http://www.mcmaster.com/, but you are in Norway? Not sure what shipping would be, in that case.

Mike

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stefang

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#7 posted 12-16-2013 05:47 PM

Thanks Mike, I checked into it, I also found some on Amazon.com. They don’t say if the size refers to the inside or outside measurement so I will have to find out about that. I’ve been to about 5 engineering firms and a few suppliers on the net here in Norway, but I haven’t found any retailers who have it yet. The smallest I’ve found here is too large.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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muthrie

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#8 posted 12-16-2013 07:28 PM

Lookin’ good!

-- Marilyn, Washington, http://sheworkswood.com/

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Dorje

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#9 posted 12-19-2013 04:16 AM

Looks like it’s coming along nicely! I’ll be interested in seeing how it works. I know very little about these things!

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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