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  1. So now... To treenail or not to treenail, that is the question... Eventually plan for wipe on poly, seal, and then painted white bottom
  2. I have been using the kit supplied basswood on the Pinnace. It is really brittle and dry and not uniform throughout. I have been using amodified Chuck method for the bends. First I soak the wood in water just for 30sec or so just to get it damp. Then I clamp it to a flat piece of something (here it is some fiberboard). Using a bunch of clamps and bending it a bit each time. Need to be careful as then wood will tend to rise/curl up on the inner radius a bit. I just use a clamp to smash it down. There is a fine line between this and the wood either folding and/or splitting. After a few you get a feel for the limit. Once all clamped up I then use the heat gun to warm the whole thing a bit and then alternately remove a clamp and dry the wood in between. Once dry replace clamp and then do next clamp. Once entire piece is dry I remove all clamps except for the 2 on each end and then go over the wood again with the heat gun to make sure it’s dry then it is done. Then wood does spring back a bit but if I needed you can repeat process for greater curve. The edge bent basswood piece below was made in less 5min. One thing though I am using a heat gun and not a hairdryer. It will definitely burn you and it scorched wood a couple of times when I got too aggressive. Also kinda melted the edge of the plastic clamps a bit.😳
  3. MEDDO

    Naval Commands

    You can find a basic summary (about 300 pages) in John Harland's Seamanship In The Age Of Sail. Very nice descriptions and diagrams for ship handling.
  4. Nice use of the saw. It seems that it can provide a nice joint.
  5. Welcome! Nice model! I like the walking beam engine vessels.
  6. Great work there. I know if I tried that for sure be rounding over the corners.
  7. I really do like the fact that you can attempt to do the first way then there is a back up if it gets messed up
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    The "What have you done today?" thread.

    I like that you are helping to provide snacks for the hawk πŸ˜€
  9. I absolutely love these two books. The second one is just as good if not better than the first one. And I really hope that they continue on for the fourth fifth and six rates (which is my particular interest).
  10. So first planking job somewhat symmetrical. It is going to need a few spot dust/glue fills but not too many. Need to practice a few more times.
  11. I think Richard is correct. You just have to start to get a feel for what each size and what each speed of the machine you are using does to the wood. Definitely need to use some type of hardwood as basswood is definitely not your friend. During the recent NRG conference there was a demonstration and lecture on wood carving. The following pictures are of his set up. One of the interesting things to note on the second picture on the very bottom right corner is a ball bit that he has filed off most of the cutting edges to leave just 4 instead of the eight or 12 or whatever number is in a regular ball.
  12. After a bit of cleanup and a touch of sawdust/glue filling I think it will look better. Last plank only needed the front clamp... it was a really goofy shape...
  13. Just 2 more to go. This wood is giving me angina. If it is not splitting then its folding over when bent and it is so soft if you even look at it wrong it dents. I guess I am getting a bit better as I need less clamps for each one.
  14. Looking good Dave. Definitely like the contrast in woods.

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