Chevalet De Marqueterie

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Project by tinnman65 posted 09-24-2013 10:25 PM 6010 views 16 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have been thinking of building one of these for some time now and after my last marquetry project it sort of gave me a nudge to go ahead and do it. I’m not saying you can’t get good results from a scroll saw or other methods but I seem to have more control over the cut with this tool. I usually use a double bevel method for my work and have little experience with packet cutting and have never done piece by piece cutting so I hope to get better with practice.
The chevy is made of mostly maple and a little cherry used for the saw frame and a few other small parts. The seat is covered with foam and some fake leather. I just didn’t think sitting for a long time on a wood seat would be that comfortable. I had the maple on hand so all I needed to buy was some bar stock and a couple end bearings so it was rather inexpensive to build. The finish on it is …… well there is no finish on it other than a few coats of lacquer on the marquetry in the front.
I could not have done this project if not for the help of a fellow Lumberjock “shipwright”. Paul did a blog on building a chevy with a lot of useful information and also included a sketchup drawing which came in real handy.
If I had any questions he was only an email away. Paul had mentioned that he added a little marquetry to the front of his chevy as sort of a base line to see how much better he was getting. He had done a picture of a ship so I decided as sort of a shout out to Paul for all his help I would do a picture of the 1860 Fisgard Lighthouse. This lighthouse is the first lighthouse on the west coast of Canada located on Fisgard Island at the mouth of Esquimalt Harbour B.C. not far from were he lives. I think he has probably seen it many times while sailing in that area. His chevalet now has a sister chevy a couple thousand miles away.

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

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#1 posted 09-24-2013 10:59 PM

Beautiful job! Now I want a video to see this baby in action!
Really very nice work! Thanks for posting!
Jacquelyn Smith


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#2 posted 09-25-2013 01:38 AM

beautiful build, thanks for sharing…

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#3 posted 09-25-2013 02:33 AM

I find these tools amazing ,simple but capable of producing incredible results .
Now that you have spent the time to build it think of all the hours you will get to enjoy it .
The soft seat is a great idea and the lighthouse makes it distinctively yours .

-- Kiefer

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#4 posted 09-25-2013 02:38 AM

Very nice. I’m planning to start work on my Chevalet soon!

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#5 posted 09-25-2013 02:49 AM

This is sweet! I am eagerly waiting until I have the time to make one myself.

I also love the history around the light house. I cant wait to see the stuff that comes off this sweet machine.

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#6 posted 09-25-2013 04:01 AM

Great job

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#7 posted 09-25-2013 04:37 AM

Paul, that is an absolute great build, and looks like it is going to be a very usable tool. Nice job on the lighthouse marquetry, and I am sure Paul will be very much flattered at your choice of motif.

Welcome to the chevy club, and I look forward to seeing many more projects from you in the future!

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

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#8 posted 09-25-2013 08:27 AM

Congratulations Paul and welcome to the chevy club!

Funny how everyone who tries one says the same thing about having more control over the cut. I can tell by your “baseline marquetry” work here that you have done it all right and that she’s a thoroughbred. You will learn to appreciate her more and more in the years to come as she draws you deeper into her spell. You may even start staying “her” instead of “it” eventually. They have their way.

I’m in England at the moment and recently visited LJ Jim Rowe who is in the middle of building yet another one. Seems like I may have started something here…........ :-)

As for Fisgard light, I recognized it at first glance. If that was piece by piece then a “very well done” is in order.
Thank you for the very thoughtful choice and the kind words. I am a little humbled, but pleased to see another chevy on the site.

Well Done !!!

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#9 posted 09-25-2013 09:02 AM

That’s an unknown tool in this part of the world but it looks … nice but not a tool. What is it? What do you do with it??

-- Oisko aika oppia uutta? Go ahead and learn some Finnish at

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#10 posted 09-25-2013 12:35 PM

Hi Paul, Congratulations!!!!

WOW!!! Way to go, I wish I had the time to make one! I hope you have many years of cutting marquetry.

-- Dennis Zongker

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#11 posted 09-25-2013 12:59 PM

Great job, looks terrific. I wish I had one. That is a very nice piece of work.

-- Tom D

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#12 posted 09-25-2013 01:51 PM

Esko, check out the Chevalet Clubhouse for all you will ever want or need to know about this classic old marquetry tool.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#13 posted 09-25-2013 06:09 PM

This looks a really good Chevalet that has benefitted from Paul’s (Shipwright) input and advice which he so freely gives. I’m sure it will give you much enjoyment over time.
Mine is still in the construction stage as Paul saw this past weekend here in England, but hopefully it will join the stable in the not too distant future. I finished my saw frame today so I am using a piece by piece approach! Can’t wait to finish the rest of it.
There are so many great examples here on LJs to learn from.

-- It always looks better when it's finished!

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#14 posted 09-25-2013 06:55 PM

Great job Paul.


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#15 posted 09-25-2013 10:49 PM


-- Gary, Florida

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