Plywood Chevalet #2: Working class chevalet, now operational

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Blog entry by shipwright posted 07-04-2016 11:25 PM 1955 reads 5 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Sketchup is ready for proofing Part 2 of Plywood Chevalet series Part 3: Hammer Veneering .... Won't be long now. »

The plywood version of my chevalet de marqueterie is now functional and the new owner loves it. It performs the keyhole test perfectly with no adjustment on the horizontal and vertical adjusters, is solid as a rock, and doesn’t even look too bad. I will hold off posting it as a project until Kendra finishes hammer veneering it with 1/16” Khaya however.

For now, here are some “finished” photos. The clamp on the carriage is because we plan to veneer the arm and carriage separately before gluing them together.

The Sketchup has been more or less finished as well.

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 07-05-2016 12:27 AM

Paul, Yo Da Man!

Have you thought about production of these to sell?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#2 posted 07-05-2016 12:37 AM

What a machine!!


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

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#3 posted 07-05-2016 01:02 AM

You are right the clamp looks out of place and I wondered when I looked at the pictures . This should do just fine for the working class as it is more affordable then the all hardwood model . LOL
I downloaded the SKETCHUP model but it is all garbled what version of SKETCHUP did you use ?


-- Kiefer

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#4 posted 07-05-2016 01:19 AM

LOOKS good… Going to increase class sizes? :)

Very good!

Reminds me of the Workbench you made out of plywood… vices & all… :)

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

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#5 posted 07-05-2016 01:41 AM

Klaus, it’s Sketchup Make, 2015 as I remember.

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

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#6 posted 07-05-2016 09:01 AM

Fantastic, Paul. And fantastically generous of you. I DL’d and saved it, for future. I’m quite certain that, after I get around to attending your course, I’ll be all Jonesin’ to make one. Thanks.

-- Mark

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#7 posted 07-05-2016 12:16 PM

Wow! I believe you are the “Mr. Gadget” of woodworking.

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

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#8 posted 07-05-2016 12:22 PM

looks great Paul.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#9 posted 07-05-2016 05:45 PM

Paul, I have it downloaded.

-- Don Solomon, New Castle, IN; Quality is not an act, it is a habit. Aristotle

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#10 posted 07-07-2016 03:44 PM

Very nice.

Is the elastic beam which support the moving jaw of the clamp also in plywood?
If yes, which thickness did you use?

-- Sylvain, Brussels, Belgium, Europe - The more I learn, the more there is to learn

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#11 posted 07-07-2016 04:16 PM

No Sylvain. All the pieces that are brown in the SU are solid wood.

That piece often requires a bit of experimentation as different woods have different “springiness”. Best to start out a little stiff as you can always thin it down a little to increase the flexibility.

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

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#12 posted 07-13-2016 10:19 PM

Great work Paul!

-- I never finish anyth

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