How to Build a Chevalet From Scratch #6: New Improved Chevalet Sketchup

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Blog entry by shipwright posted 11-05-2012 10:19 PM 7039 reads 6 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I have improved a fair bit since I posted the initial SU of the chevalet. In fact it was my very first attempt and it was, in a word awful. I may not be a pro yet but at least this SU can be pulled apart and measured.
There’s no need for further explanation except top say that this chevalet as drawn can be set up for a seat to blade height from about 22” to about 25”. That should accommodate almost everyone.

EDIT: Here’s an even better one with a “dimensions” layer. (thanks Rance)

Thanks for looking


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

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#1 posted 11-05-2012 11:05 PM

Thanks Paul

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#2 posted 11-05-2012 11:28 PM

Thanks Paul.

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#3 posted 11-06-2012 12:17 AM

Paul, Thank you.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#4 posted 11-06-2012 01:23 AM

Guys like you, keep guys like me, striving to do better. I hope I get to make this. Your diligence, and persistence, not to mention quality of work continues to motivate me.

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

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#5 posted 11-06-2012 03:14 AM


Thanks for sharing. The more I see of you work the more I am tempted to build my own chevalet. Just need to find some spare time.

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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#6 posted 11-06-2012 05:43 AM

Paul, when you posted your first one, I told you something to the effect of “You don’t know how bad you did.”. I think you have earned the award for “Most improved.”. Very well done. Anyone could build a fine machine using these plans. Great job. :)

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

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#7 posted 11-06-2012 01:58 PM

Rance,One of the byproducts of improving was that I now could see how right you were. It was embarrassing.
I feel much better about this one.
Thanks for the validation.

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

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#8 posted 11-06-2012 10:31 PM

Hey Paul,
I agree with Schwieb, you keep us thinking. Thanks Don

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#9 posted 11-07-2012 03:40 AM


One day I would love to build this. I have so many projects on my to-do list that I don’t know if I’ll live long enough to experience a chevalet, but I’m downloading the SketchUp just in case, (it could be an all-night event on this dial-up). Thanks for sharing your incredible expertise.


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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