Building Some Chevalets, a Class Action #4: Day Four ....... Seems Longer

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Blog entry by shipwright posted 07-20-2015 11:14 PM 1302 reads 0 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Just a few pics today. I started off by cleaning up yesterday’s glue-ups on the column cheeks and generally tidying things up.

Then I cut the recesses for the threaded rod in the carriage logs and glued in the filler pieces. The posts won’t glue in until the ends of the carriage logs are machined.

The rest of the day was consumed by assembling the arm clamps with carriage bolts and with cutting and fitting all the seat parts. Here’s the photo I wanted to get to yesterday.

I’ve got eighteen and a half hours in now and I’m working way harder than an old guy like me should but I’m really enjoying pushing myself and I do love a challenge.

Thanks for looking in.


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

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#1 posted 07-20-2015 11:19 PM

i got here first, haha…these look great

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#2 posted 07-20-2015 11:36 PM

Looking forward to seeing one of these babies done, as I have no idea as to how they work.

-- Thor and Odin are still the greatest of Gods.

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#3 posted 07-20-2015 11:49 PM

Paul, these are looking great. I’m extremely happy for you, Paul. Hope the best.

-- Steve, South Carolina,

View shipwright's profile


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#4 posted 07-20-2015 11:56 PM


madts, here are a couple of videos of cutting on the chevalet.

I just edited the title …... I knew it seemed longer than three days…... :-)

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

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Joe Lyddon

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#5 posted 07-21-2015 12:20 AM

I got here 5th… ha ha ha… :)

Very good Paul…

It’s nice to see a real Master at work…

You’re doing pretty good for an OLD man… What do you call “OLD”?
If you’re OLD, I’m probably ancient… :)

Thank you!

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

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Mark Wilson

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#6 posted 07-21-2015 12:33 AM

The most efficient machine in Paul’s shop seems to be Paul.

Ships are safe in harbor. But that’s not what ships are for.

-- Mark

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#7 posted 07-21-2015 12:44 AM

It looks like you have made great progress. less than 5 hours in for each chevy. That is pretty amazing.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#8 posted 07-21-2015 12:51 AM

Paul, I’ve not been very vocal, but Have been watching your work pretty closely. Your jewelry chest was absolutely stunning, and I can see you are off and running yet again. Keep up the good work, and keep posting, it’s inspiring and energizing to see what you are doing.

David Clark
Kansas City

-- Dave, Kansas City

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#9 posted 07-21-2015 02:12 AM

This is a great way to show that building a chevalet is not that intimidating (or time consuming)

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#10 posted 07-21-2015 02:23 AM

You go Paul.
Production builds are kind of fun in a weird way. Sometimes I get a kick out of pushing myself to work fast and as efficient as possible. But I just realized I typed that while sitting on my butt.

These are looking great.

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#11 posted 07-21-2015 02:34 AM

Paul, I am learning a lot here. I have to admit that I didn’t know what a Chavalet was before you started this blog. I have visited your YouTube videos as well as others. I have to admit that I am intrigued and very interested. Thanks for the introduction and I look forward to your completion of this project and how they are received in your upcoming show.

-- Bob

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#12 posted 07-21-2015 04:24 AM

Paul you are just a machine! 18 hours is just amazing to be at this point. you planning on widening the seats a bit?

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

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#13 posted 07-21-2015 04:28 AM

Thanks once more,

Mat, yes I will add to the width of the seats but doing it this way makes the rebating easier (tablesaw) than chopping them out out of the centre of a wider piece.

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

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#14 posted 07-21-2015 06:25 AM

Just how many horsepower is 1 shipwright? They sure are coming along quickly.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#15 posted 07-21-2015 08:06 AM

Looking really good, nice progress.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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