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Project by shipwright posted 05-13-2011 09:31 PM 4819 views 24 times favorited 30 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my new chevalet de marqueterie, the Canadian version. This one is made of Garry Oak, one of our local hardwoods and has some improvements over the Az. model: http://lumberjocks.com/projects/45446 It works amazingly and I can’t wait to get started.
Accent woods are Paduk, Arbutus, and a bit of Wenge (wheels on clamp lever). The last photo shows some of the interesting grain structure that is all over this piece.

I have had this material for about six years in very rough slabs, but hadn’t paid much attention to it until now.

You can see the bit of marquetry on the face. I will post it separately but it represents my first work with this chevalet and will remain there as a “baseline” to indicate where I started. My hope is that in years to come I will look back at it and smile.

There’s a construction blog here: http://lumberjocks.com/shipwright/blog/22630

EDIT: Also a new SketchUp model here http://sketchup.google.com/3dwarehouse/details?mid=340d121cc8cc31ef3156432c7f82342

Comments, critiques and questions are always welcome.

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





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DonH

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#1 posted 05-13-2011 09:45 PM

Hi Shipwright

Great looking machine and well thought out/caring material selection. I am just not sure what it does??!! I deduce it is a marquetry horse (apparently) but have not seen one in any of the barns around here.

Can you enlighten a fellow provincial Canuck?

Thanks

-- DonH Orleans Ontario

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DonH

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#2 posted 05-13-2011 09:50 PM

Hi again

I looked at your projects and now see that this thing is a type of scroll saw (I think). This is very interesting and I would appreciate some guidance on obtaining plans etc so that I could build one as I could use a scroll saw type function in my shop.

By the way, I used to work on wooden boats as well – the term work may be understated, it is more like hard labour coupled with acrobatices. It was fun, just cant afford that much fun in retirement so I build furniture and so forth instead.

Don

-- DonH Orleans Ontario

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Brit

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#3 posted 05-13-2011 10:28 PM

Looks fantastic Paul. I can’t wait to see the work you produce with it. Thanks for sharing it.

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it.

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#4 posted 05-13-2011 10:30 PM

I also would be interested in seeing one of these in action. Is there a video showing how it works?
Looks like you did a great job making it and nice wood selection.

-- Julian

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tinnman65

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#5 posted 05-13-2011 10:42 PM

Wow! I thought the first one was nice, this is fantastic! You really did a beautiful job on this and to think you did this without buying a set of plans. Now how are you going to get any time to use this when its boating season? :-)

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

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DonH

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#6 posted 05-13-2011 10:43 PM

Hi again

I looked at your projects and now see that this thing is a type of scroll saw (I think). This is very interesting and I would appreciate some guidance on obtaining plans etc so that I could build one as I could use a scroll saw type function in my shop.

By the way, I used to work on wooden boats as well – the term work may be understated, it is more like hard labour coupled with acrobatices. It was fun, just cant afford that much fun in retirement so I build furniture and so forth instead.

Don

-- DonH Orleans Ontario

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#7 posted 05-13-2011 10:44 PM

Well done Paul. I can’t wait to see the ship on a future post.

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shipwright

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#8 posted 05-13-2011 11:28 PM

Don the sketch up plans I made up of my first chevalet are here: http://lumberjocks.com/topics/25424

This is not a particularly good all purpose scroll saw. It is designed specifically to perform marquetry very precisely in Boulle and Classic styles (perpendicular blade).

Julian there’s a video of my first one in action here: http://lumberjocks.com/shipwright/blog/21890

Sorry for the quality. There were supposed to be two parts but the second really didn’t add anything so I omitted it. The operation is very amateur. I had just built it and was in the very early stages of learning how to use it.

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

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mtnwild

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#9 posted 05-14-2011 01:15 AM

That makes my head explode!

It’s a way cool tool in the right hands though.

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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CaptainAhab

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#10 posted 05-14-2011 01:47 PM

Paul, looks impressive but confusing! The clipper ship looks awesome.

-- Dave www.bluesagehues.com

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Dennis Zongker

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#11 posted 05-14-2011 03:19 PM

Sweetness! You did a excellent job on this. It makes me want to make one. Maybe someday when I can fined the time.

-- Dennis Zongker

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Gene Howe

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#12 posted 05-14-2011 03:43 PM

Man, your Chevy ll is awesome. Absolutely gorgeous and so meticulously constructed. As such, it bears no resemblance to it’s name sake. :-)
Your marquetry is eagerly awaited! The ship is outstanding and if that’s just the baseline, look out world!

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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shipwright

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#13 posted 05-14-2011 04:22 PM

Dennis, in your hands one of these would really be able to show it’s potential. That’s something I would truly love to see. I encourage you to make one.

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

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Brit

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#14 posted 05-14-2011 04:24 PM

I love it and I can’t wait to see what you produce with this beast once you’ve got the measure of it Paul.

I know that the blade cuts at 90 degrees to the veneer pack, but I was thinking that if the vertical support arm (indicated by the arrow) rotated so that the carriage could be moved towards or away from you, then the blade would be presented to the veneer pack at an angle. Could it not then be used for the double bevel marquetry technique too? Would that work Paul? I’m only asking because although you have built in a lot of accuracy and stability, don’t you still have a gap between the pieces equal to the thickness of the blade kerf? Maybe I’m missing something.

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it.

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shipwright

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#15 posted 05-14-2011 04:39 PM

Brit, to answer your questions:
1) You can cut double bevel style on a chevalet, but it’s done with angled jaws in the vise.
2) With Boulle style, where you cut all the pieces stacked one above the other, yes you still have a kerf, but when classic style is done well the outside 1/2 of the line is cut off when cutting each piece and since pieces are cut separately, there is no kerf. Obviously this takes extremely good sawing technique.

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

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