Building Some Chevalets, a Class Action #6: Slow Progress ..... but progress none the less

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When I left off last time I said that the “furniture” was done. That wasn’t quite true and it took quite a while to finish the job. Because I will have to break these chevalets down for storage (or possibly shipping) I decided to bolt certain joints that I normally glue so they could be dis-assembled. In the case of this arm to post joint it also allows the arm to be reversed to left handed position. I may need that at the school some time.

The shipper managed to break the last chevy I shipped at this joint so it gets bolted as well (for dis-assembly).

This is the mortise for the clamp pedestal. Sorry no photos of the pedestals but they’re pretty boring.

The bearings arrived from Igus right on time. I bought some new ones this time for the tops of the adjusters. I will retrofit my old chevalets as these are a real improvement.

They are little self aligners that press fit on a shoulder in a 13/16" hole.

I needed to pick up my steel before I could try them out.

This is how they look with just the round bar in place.

They are capable of mis-aligning far more than required here.

This is how things looked when I shut down today, forty hours in. Sixty is starting to look a bit ambitious.

Tomorrow I make saw frames and clamp springs.

Thanks for looking in.


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

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Great work. This batch looks like it has so much more hardware because of the portability, I would think it adds weight. Great that they are ambidextrous and break down for taking them to teach with you. Well done, I just wish I was closer and take a class, or as many as you are willing to give. Seriously, if you are ever east some time and teaching, sign me up.

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

Mike,I’ve had the lathe since about 2004. That door is just about my first veneer work. It’s shop resawn zebra no and it killed a band saw blade. :-)

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

Great work Paul. I can almost see your students sitting on those new Chevalets already. Is the Delta lathe in the background a new addition?

Brian I did make my seat a bit wider thinking about comfort, but I’m not sure it was necessary. I like sitting directly on the plank because it is easy to slide forward or backward to suit and it is also easy to get off and on. That said, if I spent as much time on my Chevy as Paul does on his, I might very well appreciate having a cushion.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway

Brian, They are as comfortable as a kitchen chair and when I am cutting I kind of Zen out anyway but I do occasionally use a cushion if I’m cutting for long hours.

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

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