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  1. Jet or Dewalt scroll saw

    Yeah I love my Dewalt too ! Its on its own stand and cuts vibration free. Way better than the crappy Delta i used to own to build my Confederacy....
  2. Hey Group, I saw this guy at a TED Talk a few weeks ago and was blown away. He builds his miniatures using miniature tools based on those that actually crafted these pieces 100-200 years ago. Every object at this small scale works as designed.... http://www.craftsmanshipmuseum.com/Robertson.htm
  3. I bought this product off Ebay and have a couple of jars of it - to me it works very similar to a sepia oil paint thinned wash. Some of the Russians mix it with Tung Oil as a finish. http://www.ebay.com/itm/Pentart-Liquid-Patina-30ml-Bitumen-for-Antiquing-Decoupage-/202061449669?epid=1565589069&hash=item2f0bcd09c5:g:xf0AAOSw7NpZw7GT
  4. Band or Scroll saw

    My vote is for a scroll saw as well - but dont skimp on the cost. I owned a table top Delta unit I paid 100 USD on ebay - the vibration was so terrible it was almost impossible to use and broke many blades. My new DeWalt mounted on a stand made a world of difference - it cost me close to 500 USD but is a dream to use - its extremely accurate and i can cut curves closely to plan lines easily. I will be using this saw quite a bit cutting out frame pieces for my next fully framed build.
  5. Thickness sander

    Hi Michael, This is very helpful - I too have wondered about Thickness Sanders vs a Planer. I have an operation near where I live that mills my flitch of Pear to billets of standard dimensions - 1/4 or 3/8 thick by 2 inches wide by 24 inches long - I have no desire to do the heavy lifting here. I do want the best tool for precision work for final dimensions. It sounds like if I can get a hang of it - the Byrnes tool is the right one for my purposes. Best, Chris
  6. Thickness sander

    Hey Group, I too am wondering how to use this tool - I've only used it a few times - but soon I will need to reduce some 1/4 inch thick blanks to 7/32nds thick and I want consistent results. I hope Kurt doesn't mind me jumping on this thread - but I think his question is similar to mine. What is the step by step way to carry out this operation ? A tutorial for using this sander if you will - that will address amongst other things - how much do you take off per pass to get to close to final dimension before using the finishing side of the drum. Also I read somewhere on this site the sander feeds better if you rest the front of the machine on a 2x4 so the table is more horizontal. Thanks Chris
  7. Boomkin Question

    Hey Group, I am about to mount the boomkins to the stem of my Confederacy and have been trying to find some information as to how high on the stem they would have been mounted. I have seen photos showing them mounted anywhere from resting on the beakhead deck to almost the top of the stem itself. These are spars curve downward so changing the height they at which they are mounted on the stem changes their appearance. I don't own Lees Masting and Rigging - maybe there is some info there ? Any info is appreciated. Chris
  8. Boomkin Question

    Thanks Dave - Ill probably just end up mounting it 2/3rd's up the stem unless any other concrete info comes to light. Chris
  9. Is Crown Timberyard still open for business?

    These guys are the best - I bought a flitch of Pearwood from them this past spring - I had it milled here in Chicago into 70 planks 24 x 2 x 1/4 and 6 planks 24 x 2 x 3/8. And thats only half of my supply - the rest is on pallets. All in for wood/shipping and milling it cost me 700 dollars. http://www.rarewoodsusa.com/
  10. I bought mine - WoodRiver - for 169.00 from Woodcraft - I use it all of the time. Just make sure to get the finest sleeves available - most of them will fit any of the machines mentioned in this thread.
  11. Hey Group, Ive got my Jim Saw up and running as I wind down my Confederacy and gear up for my next up build. What an incredible piece of hardware - more than capable of ripping boards up to 3/8 thick which should be the limit I will need for the 74 in 1/48th scale after I get the material milled down professionally. For my Confederacy build I used a Preac exclusively and milled strips/sheets from Hobby Mill which were at most 3/16th thick. I need to order new blades for both saws and am wondering if I should order any new ones for the Preac ? The Jim Saw with fine cutting blades seems to be able to handle most of the uses of the Preac. Just wondering if anyone out there uses both machines and what might be specific uses for Preac at this larger scale - maybe for very fine cuts using thin kerf blades for thin stock ? Or making gratings ? Any ideas here are appreciated. Chris
  12. Where to buy wood

    I recently purchased my Swiss Pear from Bob Putnam at this website - I am very happy with his service, pricing and the product ! http://www.rarewoodsusa.com/
  13. You are right ! I do have the carbide blade that came with the Jim Saw and it cuts 3/4 like butter! For my 74 build - the largest dimension in the plans is 3/8 thick @ 1/48 scale - which is what I was referring to not the saws capabilities. Thanks for the heads up on Thurston - talk about quick turn around - I ordered the blades Tues and they arrived Friday
  14. Yup - you're right Greg. New blades from Thurston arrived - adjusted the fence - the Preac cuts like a champ again. I am glad I'm keeping it. Now just need to plan for my next purchases - a Lathe and possibly a Mill (I want to see if I can get by as long as possible without that one....)
  15. Thanks for the feedback everyone - I went ahead and ordered a couple of blades from Thurston for the Preac along with some for my Jim Saw. With some new blades and a fence adjustment - Im sure it may come in handy. I've owned it since 2003 and it has served me well.
  16. Hey Group, I have contractors finishing my shop next week - its approximately 24 feet long by 9 feet wide. I've attached a pic - they will be installing a drop ceiling as well as lighting. I intend on installing a work bench on the wall below the window - and thats where I will place my Jim Saw, Jim Thickness Sander, Scroll Saw and Spindle Sander. What sort of dust collection system will I need ? Rusty has given me some ideas. Any recos on workbenches for this space as well are appreciated. My next project will be a fully framed build - and I do intend on buying dimensioned timber from Jason at Crown. Im still going to need to thickness sand. I talked to a sales person at Rockler today and he was selling me on a freestanding JET 1 Horsepower system - it seems like overkill. I do need to install some sort of system to hook to my tools for dust extraction - just not sure which one. I was also considering the JET Air Filtration system hung from the ceiling. Any ideas ? I've never set up a proper shop until now. On the left hand side of the space will be my main workstation (new table will be moved down from my office and the one in the pic is getting trashed) and Ill place my Jim Sander and Preac there that don't throw out as much dust that get heavy use. I can just use my shop vac there to clean up. Thanks for any input, Chris
  17. Is this a counterfit kit?

    This seriously sucks Chuck - sorry to hear the one of the "good guys" advancing the craft is getting ripped off.
  18. workshop floor material

    Hey Dave, I think thats what I have in my workshop - it was already here when we bought the house - its gray concrete slab with an epoxy coating on the floor - its semi gloss and moving my tools are easy (most tools have stands or are on tables with rollers). So far its been easy to clean and parts show up easily.
  19. Workshop Advice

    Thanks for the feedback and compliments everyone. I have to say the luxury of a workshop makes all the difference - needless to say I'm really enjoying it - and look forward to the numerous additions I will be making in the future. As far as a build log - I'm working on finishing the Confederacy - hoping to have some updated pics in the next couple weeks when I finish the headrails.
  20. Confused newbie

    Hey Bruce, Pick up this book - I purchased it back in 1994 when I was getting into the hobby - and successfully built an AL Harvey, POB as my first ship model. You can find a Harvey on Ebay - very simple hull lines and rig. While not entirely accurate - its an easy fun build to get your feet wet. Mastini references this build along with the Blue Nose in the text of his book. https://www.amazon.com/Ship-Modeling-Simplified-Techniques-Construction/dp/0071558675
  21. Workshop Advice

    Thanks for the replies ! As far as my power tool setup on the bench - these tools are simply stored this way - when in operation they will get reconfigured - again they are on a table with coasters - so I will push the bench away from the wall when in use (thickness sander, Byrnes table saw etc). As far as the table saw - just buying a 745 portable Dewalt which will enable me to rip down a board to usuable stock for the Byrnes tools. The planer also will make life much easier than relying on the Byrnes Thickness sander - which is a precision tool. For now - finishing the Confederacy - almost there ! Chris
  22. Workshop Advice

    Gents - here are some progress shots of my workshop - notice 2 out of 3 tables are on rollers for maximum efficiency. Also they are height adjustable. I installed the JET Air Filtration system as well. Next up - on order - 10 inch table saw and 13 inch planer to break down a swiss pear board for my next build.
  23. Hey Group As I'm winding down Confederacy I'm gearing up for my next build. I already own all of Jim Byrnes tools and a spindle sander. On the list is a mill - would love suggestions as to accessories (I understand Sherline may be the way to go), a lathe, and possibly a drill press (but won't mills have that capability?). I'm building in 1/48 or 1/36 scale - thanks !
  24. Workshop Advice

    Thanks for the lively discussion here - a bit of an update - I bought 2 tables from Home Depot for 200 a piece - I like them because they are on wheels/mobile and are height adjustable - perfect for my Jim Brynes tools - since I typically stand while using them. http://www.homedepot.com/p/Husky-62-in-x-24-in-D-Work-Table-Black-HOLT62XDB11/206698778 Im buying this desk as my main workstation https://www.uline.com/Product/Detail/H-1222-SMAP/Packing-Tables/Packing-Table-96-x-36-Maple-Top-with-Square-Edge My dust collection system - again thinking mobile is best - waiting for the holiday sales to purchase these https://www.amazon.com/Fein-9-20-28-TURBO-II-Turbo/dp/B00K74N8A8 And hung from the ceiling http://www.rockler.com/jet-1000cfm-air-filtration-system