Chevalet de Marqueterie

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Those of you who may have seen my recent review of my two week stint at the American School of French Marquetry are probably not surprised that my next project would be a chevalet of my own.

It’s made of cherry, because that’s what I had a lot of, with a saw bow of oak. I purchased one of Patrick Edward’s fine hardware kits which include a full scale set of plans. I’m not used to making boxes from plans, but having a set certainly made this project go easier and quicker.

The chevalet, of course, is the key tool to creating marquetry in the French method. As Paul Miller (shipwright) and others have covered the function and construction of the chevalet in considerable detail, I won’t repeat that information here.

My interest in marquetry is primarily to “up my game” a bit with my boxes, and my decision to spend some time with Patrick Edwards and Patrice LeJeune exceeded my expectations. Now to do the final adjustments and blade alignment, and I’m off and running.

Thanks for looking in,


-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#1 posted 6 days ago

Congratulations Roger. Your Chevalet is a real beauty and I’m sure you will be creating some very interesting marquetry work with it.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Jim Jakosh

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#2 posted 6 days ago

Wo Ho nice machine!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!................Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#3 posted 6 days ago

Looks just excellent Roger …......... but I would have expected no less, of course.

I’m pretty sure your considerable “game” will be upped substantially.
Now no one will be able to keep up to you. :-)

Welcome to the chevy family.

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

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#4 posted 6 days ago

Very nice looking Chevy, have a lot of fun.

-- Tom D

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#5 posted 6 days ago

Roger, I should have guessed it ! Boy you turned that out quickly, and I’m really excited to see what you do on your next project. Very awesome. Have fun : )

-- Dave, Kansas City

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#6 posted 6 days ago

Stunning work Roger, congratulations.

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#7 posted 6 days ago

Great looken tool this will definatly up ya game to what level i dont know cuz ya skills in box makin is at the greatest level already. I hope to one day be lookin across the same level, Thanks for sharing.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#8 posted 6 days ago

well this is a real beauty roger, and as had been said, your work here is spot on, i do feel a bit left out so i will have to claim i also have a chevy, except mine is blue and has a 350 4 barrel…and i doubt it would do very well at cutting wood, but i had to try…:)..i cant wait to see what comes from this…congrats…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#9 posted 6 days ago

Fantastic, Roger – as someone else said above, everyone will be playing catchup from now on, including me! More power to your elbow … does it need a levy?

I look forward to seeing the first work you produce with it – I’m sure it will be exquisite!

-- Andrew Crawford, Shropshire, UK

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#10 posted 6 days ago

She’s a beaut, Roger.
I looks like an extra-sturdy piece of fine furniture. You may have the nicest one in the country. I am impressed and look forward to seeing where this leads.

-- jbschutz

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#11 posted 6 days ago

It looks like we have a new member to the Chevalet Club!

Welcome Roger it looks good..


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Mathew Nedeljko

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#12 posted 6 days ago

Roger, that is an excellent looking chevalet and I am sure that it will serve you well for years to come. As others have already said, your skills are already starting from a high base so there is no limit to where your journey will take you from here. I’m also thrilled that you an ASFM alumni and I look forward to seeing how apply the French method in your future projects.

Welcome to the family!

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

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#13 posted 6 days ago

Great looking chevy! Can’t wait to see what you make with it!

-- Dean

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#14 posted 6 days ago

Fine job on the chevalet Roger. The cherry will make it a long lasting beauty and will only get better with age.
A gorgeous made tool that I’m sure will create some wonderful marquetry.

-- Randy, Oakdale, Ca.

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#15 posted 5 days ago

Mighty fine looking tool Roger. I’ll be waiting in anticipation for your future projects.

-- J.C.Sellers

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