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  1. Hiya Dilbert. I'd have loved to have had a ride in one of your corporate jets - did you keep one for yourself?? Welcome to MSW - I'll keep an eye out for your build log.
  2. According to Lennarth Petersson's "Rigging Period Fore-and-aft Craft" this is the accepted way! Similarily the shrouds are looped around as well - if an even number of shrouds on a side them the loop is seized to a pair of shrouds and if an odd number then one of them us handled like the stay shown below. Hope this is useful
  3. Sure John. I got mine through Gesswein.com which is a Canadian site. I see it also coming up at laciest.com, ottofrei.com, eBay, stiller.com and amazon.com I searched for "bur and tool caddy" PS I'll take your 30 day challenge - ever optimistic!
  4. In a never ending quest for organization I ordered a revolving "Bur and Tool Caddy" Although it has way too many places for various dremel attachments It is great for my tweezers, files, hemostats and such. Very smooth rotate. I love the magnetic strips on two sides - I think I'll add one another side since I don't need all the burs. Each of the 6 sides has 48 - 3mm holes, 8 - 4mm holes, and 7 - 7.5mm holes. Each about hole is 10mm deep. The top has 29 - 11mm holes 10 of which are shallow (10 mm) and the rest are deep (over 200 mm deep). The top is removable although since I've filled it with tools I don't think I'll be wanting to store anything inside. Made by Sharp Tools and I ordered mine through a jewelry makers website. Did I mention it is wooden not plastic.
  5. I'm not sure if it represents a change or I just annoyed them
  6. Hello Les, I ordered some swiss pear (and some other woods) from A&M Wood Specialty (amwoodinc.com) in Ontario. They shipped by UPS and it arrived very promptly. I would imagine delivery to the west wouldn't be too bad. I told them to send me 2 foot long sections - their swiss pear is 2 inch live edge. I've started milling the wood for planking purposes and I think it looks really good. You might consider them if there isn't a more convenient special wood supplier nearby. Only catch is that any order under $100 gets a $20 surcharge in addition to shipping. (It wasn't hard to get my order to total over $100) Good luck.
  7. 1st impressions are very positive. As many have said here the machines are very nicely built they exude quality in the parts and the finishing. I've only run a bit of scrap swiss pear through the saw and thickness sander. I can't believe the difference between a strip of basswood and a strip of swiss pear! I don't know if I can ever use basswood again (I exaggerate of course). My wood budget will have to be increased. My next challenge is finding somewhere to work! Plus 1 celsius is ok for 15 or 20 minutes but when it rains tomorrow then I'm really out of luck. If you come wait 'til warmer weather - but not black fly season - the other reason I get driven indoors!
  8. Finished shopping for the workshop (for now). I'm pretty pumped to see how much damage I can do with these.
  9. The deal came it 2 parts. The local hardware outlet had a 1 day 15% off. I went to buy a less expensive saw but they couldn't find the two they were supposed to have in stock. The manager was so embarrassed that when I pointed to the deWalt and said well how about that one at the same price he actually went for it. Ended up getting it for slightly over $200 off. I'm a happy customer so I guess they'll get it back in repeat business and goodwill.
  10. Its gorgeous. What a pleasure to see it even in pictures. I imagine it must be a special treat to see it in person. Congratulations!
  11. I got a really good deal on a new "model shipbuilding tool" and supplies! and some Swiss Pear, Alaska Yellow Cedar and Jatoba wood d Some work to do before I can use the wood though.
  12. Hello nils, the functionality is still ther - just hiding behind an icon in the edit box icon bar. Last one is a page with a magnifying glass - it does the preview doug
  13. Another good solution! I've got alternatives to try out. Thanks.
  14. I wonder if we can trust parts lists or not? I'm sure the printed instructions might not be revised even if the manufacturer sourced a different variety of wood for some parts. The kit that initiated this thread listed the wood as Mazonia but when I look at the colour that the Wheeler doc shows I don't think my wood matches it. However a google image search for mansonia wood shows examples that are in fact much redder. I'm going to take the safest way out and discard this bit of wood rather than keeping it around and wondering.
  15. I've just pasted in the article so we don't have to figure out what's wrong. Which wood is that? Are you sure? A warning tale by John Wheeler Over the Christmas period I have re-started work on a project which has been on “hold” for a while – my Zuiderzee Botter. It was originally an Artisiana Latina kit, bought many years ago while on holiday in the Netherlands. One of the problems of building from a kit – especially a kit where all of the instructions are in Dutch or German – is that you have to understand how the kit makers would approach the various challenges of creating their model. I went back to the parts list to find out which bit was which on the plans and found the parts numbers I was looking for – brilliant! Next to the description I noticed a “material” column which had the word “Manzonia” next to my pieces. In fact, “Manzonia” was next to lots of pieces. The word rang a bell. I looked at the pieces – the wood was gorgeous. I had bought and used wood just like it over many years. My first kit had called this wood ‘African Walnut’, but a quick look on the web told me that this wasn’t African Walnut – it was indeed Mansonia or Manzonia. Mansonia (also called Bete or Ofun) is a dark greyish colour and is finely grained. It ‘works’ well and can be drilled and sanded to thin sections. It can be polished and looks very fine as masts and spars. Indeed, its colour and strength mean that it is almost designed for model making. But something still nagged – something that I had seen in the past... I looked the wood up on the Internet Wood Database ( an invaluable resource). Under Allergies and Toxicity it said this: Mansonia is on the short list as one of the worst wood species in terms of toxicity and commonness of allergic reactions. Mansonia has been reported as a sensitizer, and though the most usual reactions simply include eye and skin irritation, the wood dust can also produce a wide range of other effects, including nausea, giddiness, sneezing, headaches, nosebleeds, infected splinters, and asthma-like symptoms. Additionally, both the bark and heartwood have been found to contain cardiac poisons, which can cause heart disorders. Now, I have asthma and I had found it really getting me down over the holiday. Indeed, instead of getting out and about, I had stayed indoors to do more modelling - which included cutting, and sanding pieces of mansonia. Even if there was only a slight chance that this dust had aggravated my condition, this was serious. I did not want a stay in hospital because of something I had done to myself... I immediately removed all the mansonia scrap that I had built up and carefully wet-dusted and hoovered the entire room throwing away the hoover bag at the end. I looked up modern kit contents to find out which woods are included today. No- one includes mansonia and it is difficult to buy it even over the internet. Presumably, no-one wants to take the risk of supplying it. But I know that I had bought extra pieces from a show only a couple of years ago – again wrongly labelled “Walnut”. (I also looked up other toxic woods. Many of these (like Yew) are quite potent, but are unlikely to be used by model makers for various reasons.) In other words, there are fairly large stocks of this wood still in circulation and if you have a personal stock of wood that you have collected for projects in the past, there is a good chance that you have some mansonia kicking around in there – especially because it has often been mis-labelled by suppliers. While it can be worked safely, this does include precautions that most people would find impractical (facial respirators, professional quality dust removal, gloves, etc). It is interesting to note that the Health and Safety limits for hazardous wood dust is 5mg (5/1000ths of a gram) per cubic metre of air. I am in the process of removing all mansonia from my model and rebuilding with other (safer) materials. If you want to check whether you have mansonia in your stock, then the best guide is the colour. Mansonia is an even greyish colour with a close grain whereas walnut tends to be russet and brown with a greater variation of shades. (As always with natural products, there is variation and there are a range of types of walnut.) There is a lot more information on toxic woods and how to deal with them at: http://www.wood-database.com/