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Marie's Table... A Marquetry Adventure #9: A Couple of Chevalet Videos.

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Blog entry by shipwright posted 07-28-2012 02:22 AM 4841 reads 6 times favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 8: Finishing up the Aprons. Part 9 of Marie's Table... A Marquetry Adventure series Part 10: Delicate Moldings »

A couple of segments back Rance asked in a comment if I could do a close up of the chevalet making a cut.

I gave it a try today. This is the best I can do with my cheap camera and my cheap tripod but it actually shows the cut reasonably well. The cut itself is not very good because the camera was in my line of sight and in my way. Also I normally cut further down in the vee of the jaws but the camera couldn’t see in there so I’m cutting a little higher.

CAUTION: BORING !! unless you are interested.

The second one is from a little further away to give better context.

CAUTION: EVEN MORE BORING !! unless you’re interested.

Sorry about the quality. Hope this will do Rance.

Paul

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



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#1 posted 07-28-2012 02:52 AM

That was very interesting…

The first time I’ve seen that thing in action…

COOL operation…

Thank you.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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#2 posted 07-28-2012 03:07 AM

Paul: That was a great demo of the tool. Now a question. What are the particulars on the blade that you are using. The size, the length and the number of teeth.

Is it a jewelers blade?

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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#3 posted 07-28-2012 03:17 AM

Wow, that’s a delicate task. You’ve got some patience fer sure. That saw is awesome.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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#4 posted 07-28-2012 03:43 AM

Me to! Have you discussed this nifty saw anywhere? Nice flow and the ergonomics of the cutting is great! I was thinking a Dewalt saw. LOL! Expound on the virtues of this tool please!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#5 posted 07-28-2012 03:44 AM

Thats a really fine blade.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#6 posted 07-28-2012 04:00 AM

Thanks for the video, very informative, a picture is worth a thousand words. I also wonder what size of blade do you use ?

-- Tom D

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#7 posted 07-28-2012 04:24 AM

Is the blade supporting the workpiece during the operation?
... or are you holding in place?

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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#8 posted 07-28-2012 05:18 AM

I use 2/0 jeweler’s blades 7 1/4” and 7 1/2 ” long. They are 30 tpi and 60 tpi. The latter are very slow and only get used rarely. These are german blades and I buy them by the gross from Patrick Edwards at ASFM.

Cal, you can read all about my chevalets in my project posts here and here.

Joe, check the project links above for descriptions but to answer your immediate question, I am manipulating the packet with my left hand as I saw with my right. My feet are operating the jaws that clamp the packet.

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

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#9 posted 07-28-2012 05:42 AM

thanks Paul not boring at all ,i had some questions but Joe ,rance and karson asked them , going to try this one day thanks again for taking the time to share

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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#10 posted 07-28-2012 05:47 AM

Paul, very nice technique…I can just hear Patrick in the background—- “Smooth Strokes!”. Well done. I believe this is the most comprehensive demonstration video anyone has posted on web of how a chevalet is operated.

You never know, this could go viral on Youtube and you will be even more famous :)

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

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rance

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#11 posted 07-28-2012 06:35 AM

Paul, thank you for fulfilling my personal request. It showed me exactly what I was looking for. I’m not sure if I could get the hang of the foot pressure, but I think I could handle the hand movements. The whole thing fascinates me.

One thing I did do on my son’s Lighthouse project was to adjust the speed of my scrollsaw down lower than I’ve ever done(or seen anyone else do, for that matter). Scarilly close to the speed that you were using on your chevalet. I think you have an advantage with the longer blades as well as having more TPI. There are so many similarities between the two, but definitely different machines, and purposes.

This all makes me wonder if there are table-top versions of a chevalet.

All very fascinating. Thanks again Paul for taking the time for this. I really do appreciate it.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#12 posted 07-28-2012 09:17 AM

Rance, If you can find a copy or online version of American Woodworking, June 1996 There is an article starting on page 62 written by Patrick that gives all the dimensions and construction details for a benchtop model chevalet. If you can’t find it PM me.

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

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#13 posted 07-28-2012 11:38 AM

Very cool Paul.

Are you drawing these patterns for this project, or copying them?

I can’t imagine anyone being that talented!!!

Le

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#14 posted 07-28-2012 12:00 PM

Great video Paul. Can I make it left handed? Or should I tough it out like the guitar… Not worth changing some things.

-- I never finish anyth

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#15 posted 07-28-2012 12:05 PM

I got a chuckle reading the boring caution. This is definitly a skill that takes practice and patience. Very nice work embellished with an artistic flair. Keep your posts comming. You’re raising the skill level for every woodworker on this website. I hope I can make a contribution this good.

I’m grateful for sharing your skill and knowledge.

-- The wood is good.

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