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About KeithAug

  • Birthday 05/27/1953

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    Sussex, England.
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    Sailing, Naval History, Model Ship Building, Model Steam Engine Building. Maisie walking - she is top left.

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  1. Hi Brian I always referred to this machine as a fretsaw. I think scroll saw is more of an imported American description. Others may have an alternative explanation. I have the EX20 bought second hand off eBay. Its ok but I think I should have bought new from Axminster.
  2. Brian If you are past spending your money on wine, women and song, then go for the scroll saw. As a selling point to the wife you could always explain that it was the saw or the alternative.
  3. Saw blades for Byrnes saw

    Kevin I should have added that I try to preserve my Byrnes TCT blade by doing roughing operations with this TCT blade:- https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B018RSRT82/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o06_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 Don't be fooled by the claimed thickness as this is the thickness of the disc. The Kerf is 1/10". That said it cuts cleanly if you don't mind wasting a bit more wood. The bore is 20mm so you still need a spacer.
  4. Saw blades for Byrnes saw

    Kevin I agree with Ed re the use of carbide blades - I only use them for cutting larger stock (3/8 inch and above hardwood). Jim has reducers available and the implication is he will make the size you want for $5. Might be worth adding it to your order. Alternatively I can make one and send it to you.
  5. Saw blades for Byrnes saw

    Mike this UK supplier has a large range, but again you will need a spacer. I have good experience of this supplier. https://www.chronos.ltd.uk/cgi-bin/sh000001.pl?WD=saw slitting diameter 80mm&PN=Metric_HSS_Slitting_Saws.html#aSS1003
  6. Saw blades for Byrnes saw

    Mike It depends on what type of blade you want. If it's slitting saw blades then I uses this for most of my work - particularly slitting off planks for hull and deck planking. https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00AUB66C0/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 I also have 0.6mm and 1.0mm versions of the same blade - from the same supplier. You can get similar blades with coarser teeth but I find 108 teeth are best for most uses. Bear in mind the shaft on the byrnes saw is 0.5" diameter while these blades have 22mm bores. I made up a spacer (on the lathe) from an off-cut of 25mm aluminium bar. If you are looking for carbide tipped blades then the only source I have found for small kerf (.040") blades is Byrnes Model Machines. If you want any more details of the spacer I am happy to supply.
  7. Please help! What to buy.

    My recommendation would be use soft solder where you don’t need significant strength. This would mean 99% of a static display boat fittings. Solder paste is best for fine work. It’s more easy to control where you put it and hence less to clean off once the joint is made. Lead or lead free isn’t a big deal in my experience, I have never found much difference between either. Like Mark my preferred heat source is a small propane torch. The heat is instantaneous and you don’t need to touch the work to apply it. I use the torch for about 90% of my soldering work. I use a soldering iron only where I need to be really precise about where the heat is going, e.g. when making a series of joints in close proximity without the following joint melting the previous one. When the component to be soldered is thin (e.g. photo etched parts) a torch is likely to distort or melt it, in this case a soldering iron is better. A alternative option which is less aggressive than a torch but does not involve touching the work is a hot air soldering gun, many modellers swear by them as the soldering temperature can be adjusted facilitating the use of different melting point solders. I just use the same paste flux that I use for plumbing. It works fine.
  8. Michael do you have a separate workbench / build / assembly area?
  9. The Great oyster caper

    John Enjoyed it - keep them coming.
  10. We are Moving

    Michael, Ah, the magic force field defence. I used to have one of those until I fell off a set of steps and broke my wrist. Fortunately I also fractured my spine at the same time and that made the pain in my wrist disappear completely. No permanent damage but the body cage was pretty uncomfortable for 4 months. Suggest it would be wise to add elastic bones to your list of super powers. May the force be with you.
  11. We are Moving

    Michael. Among many of my work responsibilities I ran the health and safety department. Your footwear seems particularly suspect. The lack of a hard hat, ear defenders, dust mask, safety glasses and gloves also merits comments. While not mandatory, knee pads are advisable for those of advancing years. I note that you have gone to some trouble to liberally distribute trip hazards around your workspace and that you have failed to delineate the work area by taping or fencing it off. Your dust protection however seems adequate. Your lack of visible and clear safety notices is reproachable. In passing I note that you are also in the habit of making a trip hazard out of your handbag. I assume one is yours because I can’t see any reason why a lady would require two.
  12. Maritime Nautical Art

    In times gone by the world was flat and ships sailing too close to the edge were inclined to fall off.
  13. First time at wooden model kit

    Hello Mike Adding photos should be quite easy. As you type your message at the bottom left hand side of the dialogue box is a paper clip and the words “click to choose files”. Click here and it will allow you to select the files on your computer which contain the images you want to post. Once selected they will upload and by clicking on them they can be imported into the dialogue box.
  14. Metal work resourcnes

    Kurt You might try “Model Engineering - A Foundation Course” - Author Peter Wright. I use it often as my reference book.https://www.amazon.co.uk/Model-Engineering-Foundation-Peter-Wright/dp/1854861522
  15. Wannabe ship modeler

    Neil - a bit of a long shot - Did you serve on the Blue Funnel Line and if so did you come across Captain Michael Tomlinson?