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Update on my Chevalet de marqueterie.

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Blog entry by stefang posted 03-14-2014 05:31 PM 996 reads 2 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This build is taking a lot longer to finish than it was supposed to. I had figured to be finished with it at the end of January, but I ran into some aches and pains, so I haven’t been in the shop as much as I would have liked. I have been working on the Chevy on a hit and miss basis though, mostly miss.

I have been using Paul’s aka Shipwright Sketchup drawing of his own design. The drawings include dimensions, but I can’t see them too well so I used the tape tool to measure the pieces as I went. I kept my computer in the shop for that, but not the best environment for a computer. I just got the lenses on both my eyes replaced a couple of years ago, but I’ve had to have laser treatment for my left eye again already and I’m going in to get the right eye done next week. I might wind up being the world’s first blind marqueterian!

I did my usual mis-measuring tricks and so had to do some recovery work, but all in all the project has been going pretty well, thanks to Paul’s very excellent drawings. Today I installed the clamp assembly including the chain. I still have to glue the clamp arm piece into the seat top. Everything works perfect, so I’m pretty happy right now. The next thing to tackle is the saw frame and the blade holders. After that I plan to take the main pieces apart for a thorough sanding and then a stain job. I plan to use aniline dye on that. I just hope it will turn out ok as it is pretty hard maple and I understand from reading that maple is hard to stain. Here’s a couple of photos to show you my progress to date.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.



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grizzman

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#1 posted 03-14-2014 05:52 PM

looks great mike, cant wait to see you do some work again, i know the dragon looked fantastic, so i bet you will want to do something more challenging ….lol..:)

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

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stefang

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#2 posted 03-14-2014 06:40 PM

Hi Bob, thanks. I am pretty nervous thinking about working with those thin veneers. I have a lot to learn, but then, that is part of the fun I guess. I am looking forward to getting started. It’s been a little frustrating having to get the Chevy finished first, but it’s easy to see what a great machine it is for marquetry work, so I have just had to bite the bullet. My wife sometimes finds it hard to understand why, with all my other machines, I have to make a hand powered saw to work with, especially after spending so much on my Excalibur scrollsaw. I can’t really blame her as I sometimes feel the same.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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shipwright

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#3 posted 03-14-2014 06:49 PM

Boy that looks nice Mike.
The maple should dye just fine. What color are you going with? A bright red would be different. ...... :-)

Did you ever find your square tubing?

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

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SPalm

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#4 posted 03-14-2014 07:30 PM

Wow, you really did it.
That looks great.

We woodworkers see things differently than our spouses, I guess.
Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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Philip

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#5 posted 03-14-2014 07:42 PM

That looks mighty fine Mike. Nice work

-- If you can dream it, I can do it!

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#6 posted 03-14-2014 07:56 PM

Sweetness! Man I wish I had the time to make one. It looks like your doing an incredible job!!!

-- Dennis Zongker

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stefang

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#7 posted 03-14-2014 08:58 PM

Thanks Paul, Steve, Philip and Dennis.

Paul I haven’t decided on the color yet, but I know that I don’t want to leave it unfinished as maple turns to an awful orange color when left bare. I am still looking high and low for the square tubing. Strangely enough I found just what I needed while visiting my MIL at the old folks home. Unfortunately it was attached to one of those rolling walkers and I didn’t have any tools with me. Just as well I didn’t! I am even willing to buy an item built with the right size square tubing, but no luck finding that either.

This was a good day for me in the shop. After bolting the seat part to the main post/foot it all became incredibly solid, even more than I expected. I also found the seat very comfortable and the clamp worked really well. I used a 12” width for it and I’m quite happy with it. I still have to make the clamp jaws and the wedges, but I will probably leave those until after I’m finished with the saw frame assembly.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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shipwright

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#8 posted 03-14-2014 10:05 PM

I think I have a solution for your square tubing problem. I’ll PM you.

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

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Schwieb

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#9 posted 03-14-2014 10:26 PM

Hey Mike sorry to hear about your vision problems. The longer we live, the more we learn we are not invincible. I can testify to that, but I’m mot ready to give up and it doesn’t sound like your are ready either. I’m jealous of your chevy and have sorta been on a search for materials to build one out of. In the meantime, I re-established contact with a vintage marqueteer that has agreed to come to my shop in April to spend some time with my wife and I to try to suck him dry. You don’t really need a chevy to get started in marquetry. Your post promts me to get off of my ass and post some things I have worked on recently. Keep pressing ahead!

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

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Schwieb

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#10 posted 03-14-2014 10:30 PM

PS, I’m with Paul, Maple takes lighter stains pretty well and clear finish very well, but if you want a color, dye it, this wood seems to do very well with any dyes.

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

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stefang

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#11 posted 03-14-2014 10:52 PM

Paul Now I am wondering what kind of idea you will come up with. It will surely be better than mine!

Ken Keeping going is the easy part. Life is good for me nowadays having the freedom of retirement and just living each day as it comes.I don’t know how I will react when I eventually can’t be active anymore. I don’t think I can just sit around all day doing nothing. Maybe nature will be kind and I’ll just nod off and dream of better days when I get old.
I’m also considering using Danish oil on the chevy. I used it on my new assembly bench and I like it a lot. Very easy to repair scratches and it has a nice mellow look and satin feel to it. That would certainly be the easiest finish.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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grizzman

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#12 posted 03-14-2014 11:29 PM

mike, my wife does not understand my woodwork and i dont understand her cross stitch needle work, my wife hardly ever comes out to my shop , of course she will if i want to show her or ask her opinion, but we love each other and know were both happy doing our thing…lol…im interested to see what paul comes up with on the metal tubing…have a great weekend mike, and all you guys also, its warming up and feels good…enjoying shop time a whole lot more..

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

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shipwright

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#13 posted 03-15-2014 12:03 AM

I actually emailed Mike but since this is another way to get it done it may be of interest to someone else. It’s just a wooden version of the square bar / tumbler arrangement. All the square bar does in my version is insure that the tumblers are in alignment. This may actually be an easier way to do it.

https://3dwarehouse.sketchup.com/embed.html?mid=ue2355303-287e-46bb-b51f-9dee801621c9&width=400&height=300

There’s a new version and a new uploader. when I click the link above, I can’t manipulate it and it has no dimensions. Anyone have any ideas?

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

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Roger

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#14 posted 03-15-2014 01:29 AM

Looks really good Mike.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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kiefer

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#15 posted 03-15-2014 02:06 AM

Mike take it day by day is the way to go and non of us know what tomorrow has in store for us .
Staying active and enjoying our hobby’s is the thing to do as it gets us out of bed in the morning and makes us sleep good at night because we have accomplished something and feel good about it .
The eyesight becomes a problem but I have lived with one eye for thirty years and have overcome some challenges that I thought would be impossible for me .
The Chevy looks just like it should and will be your new baby and produce some nice marquetry before you know it .Take it a little easier on your body you have been going pretty hard the last year .

All the best

Klaus

-- Kiefer 松

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