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  1. Michael, with reference to your comment #666 above, and just for the record, I can remember, during my log of Vinalhaven, that you would stop doing your projects and make drawings/illustrations to help me with mine. So I would respectfully suggest that your dedication to and inspiration for this group is most remarkable (in other words, take the bow!) BTW, that lamp is going together with incredible speed. Tom
  2. Done! Just what I've been looking for. Thank you! Thank you!
  3. I've run out of superlative words to describe what I see when I visit these pages, but I'm with Kurt in desiring a pilgrimage to Edmonton. And BTW, how do you thin down leather? Tom
  4. Well, Keith, you certainly minimized waste. It's a beautiful picture as is; almost a shame to cut it up!
  5. Keith, That looks like a lot of filing and cutting to shape the blade; how are your fingers holding up? RE: staysail tacking: back in the old days (1950's) I spent summers on an Alden schooner that came with a fisherman's staysail (Quadrilateral between main and fore above the foresail) and we had to lower it and rerig when coming about, if that's any help. Tom
  6. Well darnit! I had signed up for the seminar; built the model; made my hotel reservation; all set to go, and then I couldn't at the last minute. And I look at the group photo and wish I had been part of that jolly band of good guys. And the group dinner was a success? Tom
  7. Joe, I'm with you on the learning curve. I did get the rotary table and angle table and the slitting saw. The former because Danny told me to, the latter because KeithAug showed how to use it in building bulkheads with great precision. I have used the machine in rudimentary operations, but I've also made some cannon carriage sides in 1:96 using the DRO feature with great success. If this machine were a woman, I'd marry her! Tom
  8. Joe, Interesting coincidence, I followed along with your discussion because I also was in the market. And I came to the same conclusions as you did. I got the 5410 DRO, as I like to deal in millimeters. The DRO is a great attachment and very accurate; a huge addition for precision! Tom
  9. Bob, I've been quietly following along on your build. I feel compelled to come out of the shadows and remark on your wonderful workmanship, and, as I recall, without the benefit of power tools! The joinery is fantastic. Tom
  10. Keith, I'm looking at your "sketches" and I'm convinced that you have an engineering background; most of us don't do such detailed drawings . And I will reiterate what I wrote before: we need to package up this log and save it for other budding shipwrights. Tom
  11. I'd agree with the comments that suggest the stand will not produce really accurate results. Suppose you're trying to make a pin rack for your belaying pins; the holes have to be evenly spaced and all in line. Can't do it with this appliance. If your tolerances are broader and you feel that with rope coils over the belaying pins nobody will see slight misalignments, the stand will do the job. I've had one for years and still use it, but I line everything up before hand; mark where I want the hole; turn on the dremel, and there's enough slop in the stand that the torque of the drill throws it out of alignment. Tom
  12. I've decided that there are 2 kinds of logs on this site. There are those that show us what the builder has done and there are those that show us not only what the builder has done, but how he/she did it. I think this log needs to be especially preserved not only for the approach that Keith takes to solve problems but also as an inspiration for the rest of us to try it. And, Keith, I'm going to be in Coventry in Oct., but I guess that's quite a long way from Sussex; otherwise, I would visit you in a minute. Tom
  13. Difficult and sudden news. I certainly enjoyed Bob's contributions, insight and positive attitude. Darnit! TB

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