Taking the Chevalet (no not Chevrolet) for a Test Drive. #4: Looking Back

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Blog entry by shipwright posted 09-03-2013 05:47 AM 2372 reads 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I just re-read this blog 900 odd days after originally posting it. I was taken by how far I’ve come in the interim. Please, if you are looking for information about this tool, go to the chevalet clubhouse, read my more recent blogs, or better yet take a class at The American School Of French Marquetry where they actually know what they are talking about. Above all don’t listen to anything I said here 900 days ago. I knew so little I’m surprised I could feed myself.

Looking back, I guess I’m a little proud of myself for jumping in with both feet and building my first chevy having never seen one, and then trying to teach myself how to use it but it would have been a lot simpler (although maybe not as much fun) to seek professional help first rather than a year later. My wife said at the time that I should seek professional help but I’m not sure she meant going to ASFM.

Anyway, I’m glad that I did it and would still highly recommend the tool to anyone serious about marquetry. I would of course also recommend the classes. Thanks Patrick, Patrice and Kristen for all the help and guidance. I may get good at this yet some day.

Thanks LJ’s for your patience with me.


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

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Jim Rowe

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#1 posted 09-03-2013 06:13 AM

For those of us who can’t get to ASFM you have become our source of professional help in this area. I, for one, appreciate very much the help you so freely give on this topic. Many thanks.

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

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#2 posted 09-03-2013 07:51 AM

I too think that you have been very generous and helpful to so many wannabe marquetrians Paul and I’m sure your advice, professional or not has been very helpful. I for one have learned a lot from your blogs, but I haven’t had a chance yet to put most of it into practice. I have also learned a few things from Patrice’s videos which I’m grateful for.

I like to just jump into things on my own because I encounter a lot of problems and when I learn the right way to do things later they always make more sense than if I had just been told to do it a certain way without knowing why.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Jim Jakosh

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#3 posted 09-03-2013 12:08 PM

I feel honored to have met the Club President in person this past winter. The work you do with your machine is amazing. Danny and I would also like to thank you for letting us get our feet wet on an actual project on your Chevalet.
..........................Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#4 posted 09-03-2013 12:14 PM

Hey Paul, It has been fun to watch your journey. In fact it has been amazing, both in knowledge and in craftsmanship. Thanks for taking us along with you.

On a personal note, I believe I can taste a bit of the feeling you have. I kind of went the same way when I built my CNC – I had no idea of what I was doing. I guess it takes a certain kind of person and a certain point in there life to experience something like this. Neat feeling, but definitely not for everyone.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#5 posted 09-03-2013 01:44 PM

Paul, we have to start somewhere, and if we wait until we can find professional help, we might never get
started. For this type of project a self start is great, for the type of help our wives might be referring to, I
am having too much fun to want to be cured. Thank you for sharing the journey.

-- As ever, Gus-the 79 yr young apprentice carpenter

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Joe Lyddon

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#6 posted 09-03-2013 02:12 PM

Paul, you have done a Fantastic job of covering the subject!

I doubt if I will ever do it, but, it’s sure interesting to read your documentation on the subject.

Thank you very much!

Keep up the good work!

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

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#7 posted 09-03-2013 08:46 PM

Paul, I and I’m sure many others have really appreciate your work and your posts here on LJs. You raise the bar for those who try to accomplish decent woodworking and you are most creative at the same time. If you’ve come a long ways, you have managed to bring some of us along with you, perhaps dragging a little behind.

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

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#8 posted 09-03-2013 09:40 PM

Paul I had never heard of your fabulous machine before your postings, nor am I likely to ever come across one let alone “have a go”. I will simply continue to enjoy the fine examples of your work you sent me.
However I have followed with great interest & learnt a lot about the Chevalet & how in the hands of a tradesman it’s ability to produce such fantastic work.
Thanks for sharing your journey to date & hope the story continues well on yet

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#9 posted 09-04-2013 05:08 AM


You’ve been such a good teacher for us and so far ahead of us that we can’t imagine achieving the level where you merely started! We’ll keep reading and learning and, who knows, maybe some day we’ll get lens implants and actually be able to see the beautiful details of your work.

Thanks for always sharing so selflessly.


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#10 posted 09-04-2013 02:09 PM

With as slow as I am at things, I’ll maybe never try anything like you do, but, that said, I do appreciate all your time and efforts of showing the how-to, etc., of your fantastic and artistic marquetry/art skills. Keep on marqueting, even if it is a Chevy… LOL

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#11 posted 09-04-2013 06:49 PM


It’s been great to learn and watch you work. I appreciate you sharing the knowledge you aquired on your journey. I’m glad you don’t treat things like some hush-hush secret. I’m sure no one has commercialized your Chevy plans and no one is being ripped off, on the contrary- I’m sure the ASFM will receive many more students thanks to your posts. Keep up the great work!

-- I never finish anyth

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#12 posted 09-04-2013 09:05 PM

Its hard to believe its been 900 days, I remember reading the post and thinking ” Well that’s kinda cool but I do fine with my little scroll saw”. I must say after seeing the fine details you achieved from that tool it made me take a second and closer look. Well you made a believer out of me and with your help and your sketchup plans I now have my own little chevy parked in my workshop. I’m real close to starting my first project that I think you may find is “a bit up your alley” as they say. I wish I could make it to Patrick’s workshop at Marc Adams School of Woodworking next month but its just not in the cards. I’m hoping he’ll be back next year and I will definitely be going.

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

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#13 posted 09-04-2013 11:41 PM

Thanks for all the work you have shared in your blogs .
I am very interested in this type of wood work and am slowly stating to use some veneering and making end grain panels .
Last week my hide glue finally showed up and I am setting up the double boiler and give this a shot on one of my next projects .
As far as the chevalet goes I am impressed with this tool but think that it would take me too long to produce any kind of decent results and will let you boggle our minds with your beautiful projects .

-- Kiefer

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#14 posted 03-27-2016 04:48 PM

Paul, after reading the posts above, it appears to me that you have a lot of folks who support you and what you’ve done. And you can count me in as well. You’ve been generous with your blog, and your story; and that is inspirational to us all. Keep up the good work.

-- Dave, Kansas City

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