I have been thinking of building one of these for some time now and after my last marquetry project it sort of gave me a nudge to go ahead and do it. I’m not saying you can’t get good results from a scroll saw or other methods but I seem to have more control over the cut with this tool. I usually use a double bevel method for my work and have little experience with packet cutting and have never done piece by piece cutting so I hope to get better with practice.
The chevy is made of mostly maple and a little cherry used for the saw frame and a few other small parts. The seat is covered with foam and some fake leather. I just didn’t think sitting for a long time on a wood seat would be that comfortable. I had the maple on hand so all I needed to buy was some bar stock and a couple end bearings so it was rather inexpensive to build. The finish on it is …… well there is no finish on it other than a few coats of lacquer on the marquetry in the front.
I could not have done this project if not for the help of a fellow Craftisian “shipwright”. Paul did a blog on building a chevy with a lot of useful information and also included a sketchup drawing which came in real handy.
If I had any questions he was only an email away. Paul had mentioned that he added a little marquetry to the front of his chevy as sort of a base line to see how much better he was getting. He had done a picture of a ship so I decided as sort of a shout out to Paul for all his help I would do a picture of the 1860 Fisgard Lighthouse. This lighthouse is the first lighthouse on the west coast of Canada located on Fisgard Island at the mouth of Esquimalt Harbour B.C. not far from were he lives. I think he has probably seen it many times while sailing in that area. His chevalet now has a sister chevy a couple thousand miles away.