Building Some Chevalets, a Class Action #5: "Furniture" Complete, Done for Now


Today I got the “furniture” pretty much completed. What remains to be made are the working parts of the saws and they will have to wait. Tomorrow I will switch gears and get into preparing for my presentations at the fine arts show. They are on Saturday and once I get through them (and maybe go sailing for a couple of days) I will get back to finish these little guys.

The first shot here is of the chaos that happens when I get into a project. There are off-cuts everywhere and every horizontal surface is covered with scrap, tools, parts, and shavings/chips/dust. The photo makes it look tidier than it actually was.

After piling the scrap into a garbage can, vacuuming the bench tops and sweeping the floor (a little) I got these pictures of twenty three hours work on twelve ten foot boards. I think they look kind of cute actually.

In the past, it has taken me around forty hours to build one of these, taking my time and figuring out upgrades and modifications as I went. Based on that and not planning any mods (well, not many) I gave myself sixty hours for these. That still seems realistic as I see myself as about a third done. Another third will be the working parts and the final third will be the “cleaning up” and finishing.

Next instalment will likely be next week.

Thanks for looking in and for the kind comments.


The early bird gets the worm but its the second mouse that gets the cheese.

Outstanding accomplishment, beautifully crafted. I wish only their was a way to become a student of yours. Crasfsmanship at its finest.

CHRIS, Charlottetown PEI Canada. Anytime you can repurpose, reuse, or recycle, everyone wins!

Wich show are you preparing for?


The Sooke Fine Arts Show. My jewellery box was accepted.

The early bird gets the worm but its the second mouse that gets the cheese.

Paul I like to see this blog. Also like the “chaos” from picture one, how recognizable.
Is it possible to easy disassemble the chevalet so you can store it on a small place?
What intrigues me is the contrast in time consuming between making this chevalets and do marquatry work. That must be a big change in attitude for you.
Succes with your presentations on Saterday and maybe (when you are going) nice sailing weather.
And when there is no time for sailing I have a link below for a little video (skip the first four minutes) and start your self the video at:
You can,t understand what they are saying but think on the ballet music of the dancing boats.
Have fun.
BTW The sailing boats in the video are from oak.

Thanks Dutchy
That’s an amazing video. Those guys are a little crazy, no?
I only wish I could understand the dialogue.

The early bird gets the worm but its the second mouse that gets the cheese.

Oke Paul.

I couldn,t find a english spoken video, but when you want to know a little about this crazy sailing game you can find it at Wikipedia:

Thanks, that helped.

The early bird gets the worm but its the second mouse that gets the cheese.

My guess is that you now have one of the worlds largest collections of Chevys in your possession Paul.

Mike, an American living in Norway