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Chevalet de Marqueterie #2: Small Beginnings

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Blog entry by TobiasZA posted 05-17-2015 08:50 AM 1174 reads 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Part #2 Part 2 of Chevalet de Marqueterie series Part 3: Some Progress and Pictures »

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!



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shipwright

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#1 posted 05-17-2015 04:21 PM

Thank you Tobias. Anything I can do to help more people experience this amazing tool is my pleasure.
Don’t hesitate to pm me if you have any questions or problems with my (entry level skills) Sketchup plans.
You may well be the “chevalet guy” in SA. If so it won’t be long after people see yours that they will spread.

Good luck on the build and with your future marquetry endeavours.

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

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#2 posted 05-17-2015 08:20 PM

Nice to see another one building a Paul :) chevalet. I,m loking forward to see more. Success with your project.

-- My englisch is bad but how is your dutch?

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#3 posted 05-18-2015 08:21 AM

Morning.
Paul, thanks so much for your enthusiasm and support. Thanks Dutchy for following my build. Below are a few pictures of the beginnings of the build. With me not using a table saw anymore, I have been cutting the joints, especially the bridle and M&T joints, by hand and I find immense enjoyment and satisfaction in doing them. Considering the time it used to take to set up the tenoning jig, cross checking the angle of the blade etc etc, I am finding that a good cup of coffee, no machine and dust extraction system noise and gently satisfying chiselling all go together well and only takes a few extra minutes to complete the joint.

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#4 posted 05-18-2015 02:47 PM

That is looking really good. Nice joinery!
You won’t be needing any help from me. I can tell.

Thanks for posting this.

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

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#5 posted 05-21-2015 04:01 PM

Whooha! That’s looking lovely, Tobias. I had a good chuckle at your emphatic “cut this bit” markings. Better safe than sorry. You have a beautiful standard of workmanship.

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#6 posted 05-21-2015 07:55 PM

Hey LT, long time no hear.. Thanks for the thumbs up. Old habits die hard! So when are you building yours?

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#7 posted 05-22-2016 06:56 PM

Hi Tobias!

Your chevalet looks great! Thank you for all of the information. Do you know where to get the fixtures that hold the blade? In the ASFM kit, they are listed as AFSN-1120….

Thank you for your help on this:-)

Happy woodworking,
Carie Sexton
Carie.sexton@outlook.com

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#8 posted 05-22-2016 07:52 PM

Hi Carie
Thanks for the thumbs up. I did not get my kit parts from Patrick Edwards and Patrice Lejeune, as I live in South Africa and postage is totally prohibitive from the US. I talked to Paul Miller AKA Shipwright on LJ and he was incredibly helpful. Based on his info, I fabricated my own parts and they are serving me very well. With a hacksaw, some files, a small set of taps & dies, patience and some sweat you should easily be able to make your own.
P.S. I am not sure whether ASFM sell individual parts on their price lists, but they are really nice guys and I am sure that if you contact them, they will help you.
Best regards and good luck with your Chevy

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#9 posted 05-23-2016 04:52 AM

Hello Tobias,

Thank you so much for your response. I can only imagine what shipping to you would cost! I send items to my brother in Ireland and that’s a fortune.

I’ve spoken to ASFM and they are very very nice as you say:-). But, at the time, I didn’t ask about the individual parts. They are not listed on the website separately, but I will still give them another call to ask.

Great job on fabricating your own parts! Thank you for all of the information and have a great day!

Sincerely,
Retro

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