Chevy II; The Canadian Cousin #2: Operational but not "Finished"

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Blog entry by shipwright posted 04-23-2011 07:14 AM 3452 reads 5 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Garry Oak Slabs to Basic Framework Part 2 of Chevy II; The Canadian Cousin series Part 3: The Handle, an Adventure with Cocobolo and Hide Glue. »

Chevy II is now a working chevalet de marqueterie, but she’s not “finished”. The next week’s schedule will be something like: Put a coat of finish on the chevalet in the warm room. Leave it be and work on getting my boat ready for the rest of the day. Repeat.

The actual building of one of these has all been covered so I’ll try to stick to upgrades and improvements.

The first photo shows the rebates I made in the vertical adjusting end of the carriage base. This is a much cleaner way of accomplishing the task of keeping the end piece aligned than the way I did the first one.When I did Chevy I it was an afterthought and it looks like it. The other end is similar except of course the rebates are horizontal.

These are the corresponding rebates in the end pieces.

Here is the horizontal adjuster in place. The adjuster allows for 1 1/2” of adjustment. If this one is anything like Chevy I, it will only need a millimeter or two.

This photo shows the greatest advance of all. I had a Homer Simpson moment (Doohhh!) and realized that after all the trouble I had gone to to make the bearings align on Chevy I, I hadn’t really clicked on self aligning bearings… and the sad thing is that I’ve used them before and knew about them. These ones are from igus Inc. and cost around $5 each. The photo shows how simple and clean the tumbler assembly becomes when they are used.

Here is the tumbler in place. There’s no need to thread anything. The clamping by the 1/4” bolt is all you need.

In this photo I’ve purposely misaligned the bearing mount badly. It makes no functional difference. the movement is absolutely effortless. This is the most critical assembly in the entire build and these bearings guarantee success no matter how badly (within reason) you make the tumblers.

The foot operated clamping system is unchanged except that I turned some Wenge wheels instead of HF caster wheels and threw a little Paduk in for color. The tumblers are Paduk as well.

This one shows the “business” of the saw. The saw frame is Bubinga left over from “Facets”. If you’re observant and have been following you may notice that the “knob” handle is absent. It’s the only part that I haven’t made yet, but it’s really just an ornament anyway. I have some Cocobolo…..... The jaw inserts are Arbutus and I haven’t hinged the moving one this time. I don’t think it needs to be. You may notice a small strip of Paduk outlining the vee in the movable jaw insert. It is there to concentrate the clamping pressure only at the vee.

This last one shows the adjustment of the saw frame support. It’s done with thumb screws and barrel nuts.

So that’s it. Ill post the build as a project when it is presentable.

It is worth noting that it seems to take about 40 hours to build one of these regardless of whether you have a shop full of top line stand alone tools or a ShopSmith 510 with a bunch of special purpose tools to fit. In the final analysis I’d say that ”all those tool changeovers” probably amount to less than an hour in the whole scheme of things. I really love my shop full of tools here at home but you really have to respect what can be done with a SS.

Tomorrow I Golf.

Thanks for being interested.


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

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#1 posted 04-23-2011 07:31 AM

Looking good! Thanks for publishing all this on top of all the work to build it!

-- Folly ever comes cloaked in opportunity!

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#2 posted 04-23-2011 08:36 AM

Looking good, buddy. You might just find a market for these things if you can get the time for construction down a bit.

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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#3 posted 04-23-2011 01:07 PM

Simply wonderful Paul.

Those bearings rock. I had forgotten about igus. I had played with their DryLin series some, but they were a bit expensive. These igubal are new to me. Cheap too. (love their names)

Excellent construction work too. You nailed it.

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#4 posted 04-23-2011 01:18 PM


This is really nice work and well photographed and presented. I can’t help but notice that your shop (in the background) always looks so neat. I was thinking, should I be surprised he finds time to golf?

Happy Easter!

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#5 posted 04-23-2011 02:45 PM

Nice changes, Paul.
A Master Craftsman you are.

-- 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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#6 posted 04-23-2011 03:26 PM

Another great post Paul, now that you have all the kinks worked out the rest of us can rest easy! Now go get to work on that boat!!

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

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#7 posted 04-23-2011 05:16 PM

Thanks everyone. Ken, It’s amazing how photos can lie. I try to shoot my photos away from the worst of the mess, and it is a mess. Trust me. Steve, Nope, didn’t nail it. Glued it, bolted it, even screwed it a little, but didn’t nail it once. Paul, It’s just annual maintenance. She’ll be in the water in a couple of weeks.

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

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#8 posted 04-23-2011 05:34 PM

Amazing, you knocked it out of the park this time. I have not even started. Main and only reason? NO ROOM! I will soon to make a change to that problem, next week I start to move into my new shop so somewhere around Oct is when I should be able to get going on it. It is so close to Feb I may just wait until I get back from school.

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#9 posted 04-24-2011 05:15 AM

Only you Paul, can make a working tool into a work of art! It looks like it belongs in a museum!

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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Nate Meadows

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#10 posted 05-16-2012 01:24 AM

This is very cool! Now I want to make one…but first I have to finish the shop floor:). Thank you for the detailed instructions!

Very Respectfully,


-- "With a little bit of faith, and some imagination, you can build anything!" Nate

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#11 posted 10-04-2012 12:15 AM

Quick question Paul, do you prefer the heavy hardwood Chevys, or is the more lightweight fir Chevy better? The reason I ask is I bought a 8 by 5 old growth fir mantle to make my Chevy.
Now I am not so sure I should go ahead.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#12 posted 10-04-2012 01:16 AM

Any wood that is structurally solid and of reasonably straight grain will be fine. My Az chevy is made from an old fir beam that held up the patio roof in the Az sun for forty years and it’s fine. What you don’t want is wood that will twist or deform as that will throw off important alignments. I think Fir is an excellent choice.

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

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#13 posted 12-08-2013 10:59 PM

I just came across this blog Paul 1-1/2 years late. Nice to see some of the details close up. Of the different designs I’ve seen I think your Chevy design is by far the best one, at least aesthetically, and I’m not contemplating making any changes to it as I build mine.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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