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  1. Looks fantastic Greg! Will there be anyway to see measurements in the 3D model? I hope the Hornet contract was useful. Looking forward to getting this to help with my future Atalanta build.
  2. I was looking to get a 4 jaw sometime this year but given their prices rarely are discounted it looks like I'll be getting one this month. https://www.sherlinedirect.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=product.display&Product_ID=1507&CFID=140895239&CFTOKEN=82798041
  3. Niagara by A.Jorden

    Very nice. I really like the color selection of paint.
  4. I found this very useful app for color matching photos to model paints. It has all of the major paint brands and will calculate blends based off of their published swatches. While not a foolproof technique, it seems like a decent baseline for approximate matching. http://www.id6.ch/id6_WebSite_en/iModelKit_v2.html
  5. I agree, they are very useful tools. Sherline also sells some, albeit smaller. Their square block is actually an octagon. I plan to get a set to mill the octagonal mast sections on my US Brig Niagra. http://sherline.com/product/2045-index-block-set/
  6. I use a small vacuum when working and keep a HEPA air cleaner running continuously (it's pretty quiet on the lowest setting, still tolerable on the higher ones). Even this tiny air purifier has helped quite a bit, however I've yet to graduate to any significant power tools.
  7. Yea, 30-40 thou is way off! One thing I found on my manual Sherline, is to check the spacing between the lead screw bracket on the slide and the hand wheel (I'm assuming this can still happen with how the stepper attaches). I had a gap on mine that was contributing a fair amount of backlash. Fixing it was as simple as adjusting loosening the set screw and pushing the hand wheel flush and tightening again. If the machine is really worn, the brass nuts inside of the slides are replaceable as well but it's a more involved process. I'd try replacing the brass anti-backlash nuts first. When I first received my machine, the prior owner had really tightened the gibs and it was causing the anti-backlash nut to not do its job effectively. Tapping them loose and lubricating/cleaning them appropriately was all I needed. I probably sound like a broken record but try Fusion 360, it's free for hobbyists. I find the parametric approach makes the most sense to me.
  8. I agree on tracing if you're working off of scans. It's pretty easy to do this in Fusion 360 using "Attach Canvas" then tracing using a spline then use mirror to ensure symmetry. Then extrude and you have an STL. One thing I found when using attach canvas is it can be tricky to calibrate it accurately. Through some trial and error I discovered one pixel in an image is represented as 1/2048 of an inch. This might be useful if you want adjust the scaling factor manually.
  9. Cool Tool Box

    I ended up buying a tool roll for all my files so they don't bang together in drawers, though finding one in the right size was actually pretty hard (only the same poor quality Chinese ones). I found some on Etsy, and hand made in Montana too. https://www.etsy.com/listing/241214316/handmade-tan-canvas-paintbrush?ref=related-5 The quality is great and I was happy to spend the extra to support a small business. They also will make custom size ones for not much more.
  10. What software are you using? I'm debating converting my Sherline to CNC or buying something like a Shapeoko or Nomad from http://carbide3d.com/. I think the potential for using CNC mills is huge for creating high quality parts but modeling and building the tool paths is a skill just like any other.
  11. Cool Tool Box

    Looks great! Machinist tool boxes work fantastic as well....but they can get a bit expensive.
  12. The control software may be windows only but you usually can interface other CAM software like Fusion 360 you do most of the work on your Mac and use Windows to run the program. One option is to use virtualization software from your mac to run Windows. We we use Oracle VirtualBox at work as it's free and open source. See http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/server-storage/virtualbox/overview/index.html. There are good commercial software options as well (Parallels, VMWare Fusion) but virtualbox has been good enough for my uses. Microsoft offers free downloadable images of Windows for testing browsers they just expire in 90 days. https://developer.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-edge/tools/vms/ Another option is to use Boot Camp that is built into OSX that lets you run Windows by rebooting.
  13. Very interesting, I've been thinking about using this approach on my next build. Right now i'm considering a Shapeoko 3 as a CNC router, a 4th access should surely be nice but seems like a good start. Most use a Dewalt trim router with the setup but there are quite a few options for spindles if you're more of a shop build kinda person.
  14. I found a good source of carronade and long gun information in this book: https://www.amazon.com/Arming-Fleet-U-S-Ordnance-Muzzle-Loading/dp/0870210076/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1505675943&sr=8-2&keywords=arming+the+fleet. It's not limited to post 1812 weaponry and contains numerous drawings, details on carriages, rigging, etc.
  15. New Files

    I suspect most users of these are for fine metalworking however the coarser cuts are quite useful for wood and other soft materials such as plastic. I've had better luck getting better quality tools from jeweler supply companies over hobby shops. I think part of the wood/metal file distinction is that it seems many vendors often categorize rasps as files. Lee Valley does sell a tool called a milled tooth file that look pretty interesting as they function more like a saw instead of an abrasive. I could totally be wrong on this!