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About jhearl

  • Birthday 09/26/1949

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    Milford, Virginia
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    Shipmodeling and photography

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  1. You might find the photos on this page of interest: http://mua.apps.uri.edu/in_the_field/skipjack.html Cheers - John
  2. I thought of one more thing you might want to consider about the DRO option. I don't have room in my shop to leave the lathe out on a workbench all the time. I have to store it away between uses. There are a lot of wires and things associated with the DRO that would add to the difficulty of moving it around a lot. So if you're considering the DRO option, you'll likely be happier if you don't ever have to move the lathe. Cheers - John
  3. I see no one has responded so far. I don't have the DRO version of the lathe so I can't comment on the usefulness of DRO. I do have it on my mill and am very glad I do but there haven't been many times where I wished I had it on the lathe, although I can see how it could be useful - especially for repetitive tasks. As for accessories, I think it's a matter of what you can afford and what you want to do. I think it's cheaper to buy a package deal up front than it is to add all the same accessories individually later. I got a B package with mine and some of the things I've used and some I haven't. I didn't feel like I'd need the thread cutting attachment that comes with the C package and so far, haven't missed it. I've often thought about buying the compound slide though and likely will one of these days. I also added a 4-jaw, self centering chuck. I have not had occasion or need to use the steady rest, faceplate, or lathe dog so far and I've had my lathe for about 3 years now. One other accessory you might want to consider is a quick-change tool post. I know Sherline makes one, but I think it's too expensive. You can find one for half the price at Little Machine Shop that looks good - http://littlemachineshop.com/products/product_view.php?ProductID=4039 I bought one made by another company (A2Z) but they have since gone out of business. It would be much more tedious to use the lathe without that tool post. I often change tools frequently while working on a single part. One other accessory you might consider getting is the WW collet set (1160). If you're working with small-diameter wood stock, a collet can hold it well without causing indentation marks the way a 3-jaw chuck can. The drawback to collets, though, is that the diameter of the stock must be very close to the internal diameter of the collet so their usefulness can be limited. I use my 3-jaw chuck 99% of the time. But if, for instance, you were turning a bunch of wooden belaying pins, the collet would be very nice to have. If you only turn metal or wood where the indentations won't matter, then I think the 3-jaw chuck is just fine. I bought my lathe and mill from Discount Campus. They have better pricing than Sherline Direct and they are an authorized reseller. I've bought accessories from them as well and have no complaints. Hope that helps - John
  4. New England Pinky

    This pinky is a heavily kit-bashed version of Model Shipways' Glad Tidings. I wanted to portray it as a working boat rather than as a personal pleasure craft. Build time was about 4 months with a few breaks along the way. Pictures of the build are available on www.modelboatyard.com
  5. Deck from aft

    Although it looks black in the photos, it's actually very dark brown (Jacobean stain on basswood). The deck on the real boat was coated with a mixture of linseed oil, pine tar, and turpentine, so I'm thinking it was pretty dark when fresh. I'd rather it had come out a bit more like the base the model is mounted on.
  6. I started this kit in 2005 but only got the frames installed on the keel before I realized I was in over my head at the time. Started it up again just before Christmas, 2015 and completed it at the end of April 2015.