Building Some Chevalets, a Class Action #7: Saw Frames, Clamp Springs, and Adjustable Height

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Blog entry by shipwright posted 08-03-2015 05:22 AM 2153 reads 2 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Just a bunch of photos from the last few days to bring the project up to date. When I left off I was about to make the saw frames and the clamp springs. That went quickly.

Then I got a little sidetracked on adjustability of height for students of different statures. All of the chevys I have built have adjustable arm height by re-arrangement of graduated thickness shims, tightened by matched wedges …....

.....but in the past adjustment was infrequent and the re-drilling or replacing of the sacrificial clamp jaws was no big deal. I wanted these to be easy and accurate to adjust so that when the arm was raised or lowered, whether by an inch or just an eighth, the jaws could be matched exactly and quickly. This was my solution.

The last one shows the range of adjustment, about two inches per chevy. With one tall, two mediums and a short I can cover 20” (~21cm) to 25 1/2” (~65 cm). Then there is my existing 65 cm one as well.

I’m not quite there yet but I’m definitely getting closer.

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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Joe Lyddon

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#1 posted 08-03-2015 05:42 AM

Thank you very much… for the update…

You are doing a great job making this batch…
... I’m sure you will be doing it again & again… By a huge demand…

Very interesting work…

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

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#2 posted 08-03-2015 06:55 AM

You must have sent Murphy over here ‘cause they look just about perfect! Coming along nicely Sir!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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Mark Wilson

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#3 posted 08-03-2015 07:51 AM

Great work, Paul. Innovative brain work on the adjustability issue. But, Couldn’t just have made the seat adjustable? Or stock up on some phone books? I’m a simple man.

-- Mark

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#4 posted 08-03-2015 09:33 AM

You are a master tweaker Paul. I love your clamp jaw solution. Good progress, soon you will need only students sitting on those beautiful new Chevys to complete the project.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#5 posted 08-03-2015 12:20 PM

For the CEO of Pauls chevalets factory. A bunch of photos makes it easy to understand and there is no translation requisited.


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#6 posted 08-03-2015 01:12 PM

Your solution for height adjustment looks real nice. Thanks for keeping us updated on your project. They are looking more like Caddy’s to me, not Chevy’s.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#7 posted 08-03-2015 02:27 PM

Paul, I’ve been following along quietly, but feel compelled to chime in – - : ) You are undertaking a great project, and all of it “the journey” The class is going to be the frosting. I just finished gearing up to teach my first box making class, so I can relate——somewhat : ) Anyway, keep up the good work, and thank you so much for the posts, it is interesting to follow along.


-- Dave, Kansas City

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#8 posted 08-03-2015 03:17 PM

Thanks everyone.

Mark, if the seat height changes the tallest person will have the shortest seat to foot position distance and the shortest person will have the longest seat to foot position distance. This seemed to be a better way to go …...... to me anyway.

Mike, I haven’t any students for the August course (not a surprise – short notice) but I have two already for the Sept. one. ............ Have you ever visited Victoria in the fall? ........ It is lovely.

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

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#9 posted 08-03-2015 03:18 PM

Some interesting solutions .
Thanks for the update Paul.


-- Kiefer

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#10 posted 08-03-2015 03:41 PM

Paul, you are having just TOO much fun!
LJ’s is worth the subscription, to see you work. Thanks.

-- Author of POWER CARVING BOOTS & SHOES - Schiffer Publishing. Available online or your favourite bookstore.

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#11 posted 08-03-2015 03:48 PM

Paul, you are doing a wonderful job on these. Are you going to start selling these?

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#12 posted 08-03-2015 11:29 PM

PumpemoutPaul. :)

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

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#13 posted 08-04-2015 03:21 AM

Charles, I may sell the odd one to a student but it isn’t really the plan to keep building them.

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

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Mathew Nedeljko

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#14 posted 08-04-2015 01:32 PM

Another innovation on the height adjustability! Well done Paul. They are looking great.

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

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