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  1. Joe, I'm with you on the learning curve. I did get the rotary table and angle table and the slitting saw. The former because Danny told me to, the latter because KeithAug showed how to use it in building bulkheads with great precision. I have used the machine in rudimentary operations, but I've also made some cannon carriage sides in 1:96 using the DRO feature with great success. If this machine were a woman, I'd marry her! Tom
  2. Joe, Interesting coincidence, I followed along with your discussion because I also was in the market. And I came to the same conclusions as you did. I got the 5410 DRO, as I like to deal in millimeters. The DRO is a great attachment and very accurate; a huge addition for precision! Tom
  3. Bob, I've been quietly following along on your build. I feel compelled to come out of the shadows and remark on your wonderful workmanship, and, as I recall, without the benefit of power tools! The joinery is fantastic. Tom
  4. Keith, I'm looking at your "sketches" and I'm convinced that you have an engineering background; most of us don't do such detailed drawings . And I will reiterate what I wrote before: we need to package up this log and save it for other budding shipwrights. Tom
  5. I'd agree with the comments that suggest the stand will not produce really accurate results. Suppose you're trying to make a pin rack for your belaying pins; the holes have to be evenly spaced and all in line. Can't do it with this appliance. If your tolerances are broader and you feel that with rope coils over the belaying pins nobody will see slight misalignments, the stand will do the job. I've had one for years and still use it, but I line everything up before hand; mark where I want the hole; turn on the dremel, and there's enough slop in the stand that the torque of the drill throws it out of alignment. Tom
  6. I've decided that there are 2 kinds of logs on this site. There are those that show us what the builder has done and there are those that show us not only what the builder has done, but how he/she did it. I think this log needs to be especially preserved not only for the approach that Keith takes to solve problems but also as an inspiration for the rest of us to try it. And, Keith, I'm going to be in Coventry in Oct., but I guess that's quite a long way from Sussex; otherwise, I would visit you in a minute. Tom
  7. Difficult and sudden news. I certainly enjoyed Bob's contributions, insight and positive attitude. Darnit! TB
  8. Well, darnit! Kat never offered me a 15% discount (I'm 74). But I'm certainly happy with the product. It's giving me an opportunity to be a lot more precise. TB
  9. TBlack

    We are Moving

    What happens to your sailboat!? And access to the lake!! Tom
  10. Joe, As the modern folks say, "My bad". In the search box put in "schooner Altair". Tom
  11. Joe, Take a look at Keith's log (Altair); his entry #9 on the first page shows how he gets accurate cuts with the mill in producing bulkheads for his model. I need to try that, and while I have zero experience with a mill, I think I can do what Keith does. I did get the mill equipped with the 10,000 RPM pulley set, as several folks here thought it might make smoother cuts in wood. I also got the accessory set which includes end mills (I think 2 flute). I suspect I'm going to have to augment them with 3 or 4 flute end mills. I'll let you know if I think all this is worth it. Tom
  12. Joe, I've been tagging along on your coattails with the same question about the appropriate mill. As a result of your inquiries, I've just ordered a Sherline with a rotary table and tilt table (thanks Danny). And if you have been following KeithAug's Altair build, you've seen his unique way of using a slitting saw in the mill. So I thought I'd should get a slitting saw set-up as well. Tom
  13. Thanks Danny; I'll do it. But one more thought: 2 flutes or 4 flutes on the end mill? I'll be working in brass and hardwood. Tom
  14. I agree with you, Thistle, lots of good advice. I was going to buy a rotary table and an angle bracket to hold it vertically, but I'm reading that the tilting table is a better idea? I'm not sure how I would use that feature, but if Dan thinks it's a good idea, ok. Will that mean that I can build models like Dan does? Tom

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