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  1. Jaager

    What Wood Is Best For What

    Bummer, You can try it, On the Wood Database - the JPEG reminds me a bit of Oak in that the grain is course and it is open pore. Be mindful of scale - if the grain and pores dominate, you may not wish to use it - but it is about your taste. If you do not paint with natural wood and actually seal and use paint and do not mind it tending to dull steel cutting edges try it. The wood is apparently expensive for most of us, You do not state a preferred scale, at mine (1:60) a 10 inch piece is 50 feet long in scale. This is longer than most any piece of a ship. I will use 6 inch pieces , it is just fiddly milling short stock. If you like it, and have any pack rat tendencies, stock as much as you can store. Situations change and it may not be there for free in the future.
  2. I have never done it myself, but Amazon has this: 3M 420 Fiberglass Resin & Repair Kit, .45 Pint < $ 20 Take a look and see if you can tackle it. I am not sure how fierce the epoxy resin solvent fumes are or what your ventilation safety is but factor that in. A thought = you are covering a wooden surface? Resin strength needing re-enforcement is not a factor. Could you not use actual cotton or linen cloth or even bond paper with the resin, instead of glass fiber or carbon fiber on the outside? Another thought + Use a solvent based varnish and paper or cloth instead of epoy. You have your strength already. All you want is a seamless water proof layer.
  3. Jaager

    What Wood Is Best For What

    It is my impression that Asian Teak has relatively course grain and open pores. With the high silica inclusion, carbide edged saw blades are probably required. If it is Rhodesian Teak - it looks more promising. The pores look smaller and the grain = not so much contrast. It is difficult to beat free, I would try it and see, Twice as hard as Hard Maple, it would be difficult to take too much with a single cut. If you are POF, most any hull component - given that it is strong and likely to hold a crisp edge. You will have to determine if the color , grain contrast are something that you like.
  4. An addition to Bob's Harbor Freight $10 drill = a variable power supply can get more work from the drill than the single voltage supply that comes with it. Just shop around: what American Science and Surplus sells for $30 - Marlin P Jones & Assoc sells something similar for $15.
  5. Jaager

    New here

    We are honored and fortunate to have access to someone with vast knowledge of and experience with 17th and 18th century Dutch shipbuilding. Your efforts to increase the exposure to this subject and make it much more accessible to ship modellers thru books and journal articles is greatly appreciated . I hope your tenure here is rewarding.
  6. It is a new book. It is a showcase of the NMM model collection to demonstrate ship construction. Just selected examples of their vast inventory, but it is impressive to see what those Old Boys could do with just hand tools.
  7. Building and adapting tools, cutting off steel, a powerful and high speed unit can be useful. For working wood, drilling for trunnels, my main model is the 8050. The mega rotary tool sets are mostly things that you will not really need or use - probably. But the 8050 needs a full range of collets as an additional purchase.
  8. Jaager

    The "What have you done today?" thread.

    Michael passed over us on its way out to sea. As storms go, it was not that violent here. But it did split a major branch or two from Bradford Pears on our main drag off US 60. With the purchase of a $40 Portland electric chainsaw from Harbor Freight, I have rescued about 30 BF. I sealed the cut ends with some left over latex enamel paint. I will give the logs about 2 months to dry some - then band saw them into 2" thick billets. So by the Fall of 2020, I should have wood that I can use. I bet it looked strange to those neighbors who saw me dragging a 5 foot log down the street behind my 350Z. Too heavy for me to lift and no room in the Z for anything that big anyway. Once home and at a 110V source, I cross cut into my standard 2 foot long sections. The low cost corded electric saw was able to rip two 2 foot logs in half lengthwise. Since the Pear was no cost I figure that the saw will have made back what it cost about 10 times over - provided the wood seasons like Pear has for me in the past.
  9. If a hole was drilled into the bore at the mouth that would push fit a copper wire handle. The black paint thinned a bit. Would dipping the cannon into a paint filled test tube give a more even coat? Would several thin coats give a better result?
  10. Jaager

    Alaskan Yellow Cedar

    From the database: Workability: Northern White Cedar has good overall working characteristics, and works easily with both hand and machine tools. However, the wood is both soft and weak, giving it poor screw-holding capabilities. Northern White Cedar glues and finishes well. Perhaps the closest thing to Balsa that the United States has domestically, Northern White Cedar is one of the very lightest and softest of commercially available woods in the country In your place, I would give it a try, You might be surprised. As far as how AYC relates to other species that are named Cedar - the answer is probably: not so much. A relative gave me 3 logs of Aromatic Cedar, I think I will process them into billets and see what is there. I gravitate to hard, but I have used Tulip Poplar with success. I am impressed with how tall, wide and straight this tree grows.
  11. Thanks Wel, The Unimat rest is 3 adjustable points, I do not have it yet so I don't know how large the opening is and thus the max for the OD for a ball bearing race. It is fairly small though. I did a back of the envelope calculation and based on this, an ID of 3/4" or 17mm should clear the diameter of the largest mainmast I will encounter @ 1:60. $6/2 on Amazon. Cardboard shims should work. The main complaint about using a small watchmakers size lathe for shaping masts seems to be that the ways are not long enough, this covers that problem. I also see it as a way to hold the end of square stock for turning guns and capstans. Match the dimensions of the square stock to be a push fit into the nearest size ID ball bearing race. No locating the center of the square stock.
  12. On small lathes, such as my Unimat there is a limit to how long the piece being turned can be and still have distant end support. I have also seen pictures of the head stock being turned and a long mast being shaped with just the near end being secured. I remember seeing a suggestion for using a ball bearing live center with the support tip removed. I had the replace a frozen back support on my old band saw what it was stuck. These come in multiple OD and ID. I just bought a used steady rest for my Unimat yo hold one of these, but since I only heard from PayPal about it, I was thinking that it was not going to happen. It dawned on me that I could make a support for a ball bearing out of wood and saved the $90, and be able to use a ball bearing with a larger ID that might have an OD larger than the steady rest opening. A long mast could go thru a properly large ID unit and be supported by shims. Not many masts will be twice the distance of the lathe ways, so the mast can be reversed to shape. If it is that long the piece being shaped has support at two points with any outboard shaping. For small spars, the end can be shimmed in a ball bearing with a small ID and have a friction free support for the end. My apologies if this is common knowledge and I just missed being exposed to it.
  13. Jaager

    Alaskan Yellow Cedar

    Mark, Sustainable Northwest Wood 2701 SE 14th Ave, Portland, OR 97202 They have 4x4 and 8x4 Madrone lumber - they anywhere near you? By the way, I left a price quote inquiry for AYC with a lumber yard on your side of the continent, no joy today maybe the holiday?
  14. For quick and dirty: Historic Ship Models Wolfeam zu Mondfeld has several pages - well 1 & 1/2 now that I look at it - at the back with Eng Ger Sp Fr It simultaneous translations for the more common terms.. A lot is packed into this book. Would not have believed that it is twice what I paid for a new copy.
  15. For lnen yarn Etsy has sources - mostly Baltic Coloredworld LINENGRAPHY TheRawLinen the natural grey looks like hemp as it is. It is a bit fuzzy and adherence to diameter spec could be better, but it is linen.

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