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Plywood Chevalet #3: Hammer Veneering .... Won't be long now.

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Blog entry by shipwright posted 07-13-2016 04:47 AM 1568 reads 3 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 2: Working class chevalet, now operational Part 3 of Plywood Chevalet series Part 4: The Build Blog is Up »

The plywood version of my chevalet design is officially a success. It cuts really nicely, is solid as a rock, and can be put together considerably more economically than a solid wood model and with less woodworking experience. ...... but it looks like plywood. :-(

Well it did until today anyway. The new owner of the prototype ( one of my recent students, Kendra) came over today and made a very good start on hammer veneering it with some pretty 1/16” mahogany. She hadn’t done any of this before but did a fine job. We (Kendra) got more than half of the veneer on and it should be easy to finish tomorrow.

In other news, I have made an arrangement with a local CNC shop to produce the parts, precision cut at considerably less cost than I could make them myself so I will be able to offer my future students a very good option for acquiring their own chevalet.

Also for anyone interested in the Sketchup, it has been upgraded with a few refinements including alignment holes that will make assembly of the CNC version a piece of cake.
https://3dwarehouse.sketchup.com/model.html?id=2da28ba5-da2b-4b03-9b17-1c3983af03a9

Here are a few photos of today’s fun and games.

Thanks for looking in

Paul

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees. http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/



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Joe Lyddon

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#1 posted 07-13-2016 05:07 AM

Nice going!

You’re making GREAT progress!

C o n g r a t u l a t i o n s !

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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DocSavage45

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#2 posted 07-13-2016 05:32 AM

Paul,

Plywood has a place in the world. It will probably outlast other versions, and you are raising your crafts bar up several notches buy what you are doing. Been reading James Krenov. Must be something about boat builders and sailors that makes great artisans.

Now you gotta take notes on all your musings to make a book on your craft.

Later my friend! :<)

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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Druid

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#3 posted 07-13-2016 06:49 AM

Looks like Kendra’s totally focused on getting her Chevalet 100% beautiful. I wonder how long it will be before she wishes that she had used her self-portrait to identify the Chevalet as hers?
Sure looks great.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#4 posted 07-13-2016 10:26 AM

Looking good. Nice way to cover the end grain!

Jim

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

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Gene Howe

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#5 posted 07-13-2016 12:44 PM

What a shame, covering that beautiful plywood. :-)
One can imagine Kendra’s delight and pride every time she uses her Chevy.
Wanna see it when she’s done.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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Humus Workshop

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#6 posted 07-13-2016 01:12 PM

Very interesting project, thanks for sharing!

-- Think, make and share.

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tyvekboy

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#7 posted 07-13-2016 01:33 PM

Thanks for sharing the new version of the plywood chevalet.

Just a note … I think two pieces with the 1/4 inch alignment holes are flipped in the updated version of the SU drawing … no biggie.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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RogerBean

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#8 posted 07-13-2016 04:12 PM

Wow. This opens up some options for a wide range of very exotic woods on chevalets. And solid as a rock. A very appealing alternative construction. Your imagination and skill never disappoints!
Roger

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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kiefer

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#9 posted 07-13-2016 06:39 PM

Quite an upgrade to the plywood version and good practise using hide glue .
Hope you will post some pictures of this when done .

Klaus

-- Kiefer https://www.youtube.com/user/woodkiefer1/videos

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shipwright

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

Yes, the finished chevalet will be posted ........ be patient. :-)

Tyvekboy, I think that was to expose dados that could be done as part of the CNC work on left/right parts.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees. http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/

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tinnman65

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#11 posted 07-13-2016 08:04 PM

I really look forward to seeing this project when completed. This is so great making a chevy atainable for anyone. I’m sure she will get years of service out of this fine tool.

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

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tyvekboy

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#12 posted 07-13-2016 08:53 PM

Paul

Let me know if I’m wrong but I flipped these boards end for end and the holes lined up. It doesn’t look like it changed how it all goes together.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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shipwright

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#13 posted 07-13-2016 10:30 PM

Thanks, I’ll check it out. I thought you were referring to the cut out plan.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees. http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/

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Philip

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#14 posted 07-13-2016 10:41 PM

Looks great Paul! Can’t wait to see the finished product.

-- I never finish anyth

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shipwright

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#15 posted 07-14-2016 03:06 AM

Flipped pieces all fixed. Thanks again.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees. http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/

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