|Project by tom427cid||posted 01-19-2012 05:21 AM||3151 views||4 times favorited||9 comments|
One of my customers presented me with a clock to restore,a 40” tall Bracket clock. The surface is covered with Ebony and brass designs. About 20% of the brass is missing. The brass is about .016” thick. To thick to cut with a knife and to thin to saw-at least by conventional means. I have been aware of this type of machine since I had the pleasure to meet Patrick Edwards,a man of imence talent. I tried a variety of ways to be able to do the brass work and each time I came back to the Chevelet(mule or donkey). Since it is an uncommon tool and very few even know what it is information is to say the least scarce. Dimensions even harder to find. Anyway,the solution was to build one. First I want to thank shipwright for his photo essay on his build process. It was extraordinarily helpful and allowed me to fully understand what the machine was meant to do. This has been trying at times but also a real fun project. And the best part it allowed me to use a lot of pieces I have saved-you know to good to throw out but not good enough for a project. As a result I have maple,rock maple,white oak,red oak,poplar, hickory,cherry,douglas fir,and even some bubinga.Some of the hardware I bought,some was scrounged,some was made from something else. Construction time has been about five days and tonight I made the first cuts thru five layers of veneer(one split) with a 48tpi blade.I also added lambs tongue decoration to the post and the bubinga corner block is two pieces(love the color and the grain)
Thanks for looking,and comments as always are welcome.
Forgot to mention the wheels on the clamp are from a pair of casters,and the seat is a pair of lamp bases that were salvaged for their parts.
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