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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. We are Moving

    What happens to your sailboat!? And access to the lake!! Tom
  4. Joe, As the modern folks say, "My bad". In the search box put in "schooner Altair". Tom
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. Dear all, This has been a very helpful conversation; thank you Thistle for starting it. It does bring up an interesting point though: at what spindle speed can you cut hardwood cleanly? And does the Sherline get there? Tom
  10. You and I are in the same boat: owners of a unimat lathe and looking for a suitable mill. I had focused on the weight of the machine. I think the sherline comes in at around 100 lbs. while the German and Chinese machines are considerably heavier than that....more machine than I need? I'll be interested in what others here think. Tom
  11. Casting Propellers

    From my point of view, this is the brilliance in this project. Tom
  12. DSCF0596.jpg

    Beautiful work. Interesting hull shape! Tom
  13. staining dowels.

    Another thing you can do is buy your dowels from a woodworking store that caters to furniture makers (in the USA I'm thinking of Woodcrafters or Rockler). Furniture makers typically make plugs from dowels to cover screw heads. Consequently, cherry, mahogany, etc dowels are readily available in these stores. Tom
  14. Hi Andy, Nice to hear from you again. Isn't a waterspout just a tornado over water? And should you be on deck taking pictures, rather than seeking shelter? Tom PS Whatever happen to that vessel you were creating for the model railroad club?
  15. All the best Chuck!

    I will second Geoff's thoughts and add that in your tenure as director of the NRG you have strengthened and broadened the NRG organization and this forum. We all owe you so much and appreciate your expertise and friendly, sharing style. On the one hand, we're sorry to see you leave that Board which you influenced so much, but, on the other, we're delighted that your entrepreneurial effort with Syren is paying dividends! Tom Black