As my “Honey-Do” and client projects wind down a little before it really gets cold here in Swellendam, I have at last made a start on my build. A few weeks of regular scrounging at my local tip has yielded some good lumber and adding this to my off cut stack, I think that I have enough lumber to do the job.
Buying the hardware kit and plans from ASFM at $500.00 means I would have been into about ZAR6,500.00 before I even made a start. So…..enter “Shipwright” who has been extremely helpful in my quest. Paul’s drawings in Sketchup are very easy to follow and other than the steel bar, rod and hardware, I have worked so far in imperial measurements although we use only metric in South Africa.(Somewhat confusing at times!)
As my Chevy is built from “scrap”, it has a real mixed bag of woods, Maple, Meranti, Pod Mahogany, Sapele Mahogany, Blue Gum, Kiaat(Mukwa), Bubinga, African Cherry and Beech. I sourced the two fittings for sliding on the rod from a local auto parts store at $2.90 each, 10mm steel round bar at about $4.50, 16mm steel square bar at around $5.20 and I had all the bolts, washers and wing nuts were already in stock.
Last year I sold my table saw with Incra TS III and router wing as I was not really using it much and I felt that the space in my workshop could well be better utilised. I have not needed it at all during the build and am very happy with my big bandsaw for most of my work.
So far I have the main leg built and I am currently building the arm system. Today’s work will include a few brass plates and the stepped shoulder mortice and tenon for the arm.
In my next post I shall include the first sets of pictures.
Do any of you know of anyone in South Africa who has built a Chevalet? I am interested in getting in touch with them.
Thank you Paul Miller (Shipwright) You are a true inspiration!