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  1. Howdy John, and welcome to the Syren club. I'm looking forward to following along.
  2. I'm depressed. Spent some time wandering around the "Scratch Built" side of the website this morning. I don't have the words to describe my respect for those folks. Awesome, astounding, incomprehensible, magical. I can only dream.
  3. Enjoying a cup of coffee and wandering around the website when I came upon your build log. Wow! Beautiful, precise work.
  4. I’m really enjoying your build. I agree with the others - I’m going to follow your lead and make wood cleats. The metal ones just won’t cut it. Love the little plane. How in the world did you find it.
  5. I started with the 26 gauge lancets that are becoming popular for this project. They produce a nice, small nail pattern. However, removing the plastic sleeve is a bit of a pain. You can use nippers to get most of the plastic off. I then set up a candle in a bowl to heat and remove the plastic part that is adhered to the lancet. When I was remaking the second stamp, I remembered that I had a 23 gauge pin driver out in my shop. These finish nailers are becoming quite popular with finish carpenters for holding moldings (and other stuff) together while the glue dries. So I switched to the 23 gauge nails. Worked great without the hassle of removing plastic.
  6. Good afternoon Floyd. Chuck's copper jig tutorial is imbedded in the instruction manual. Chapter 8. I’d highly recommend using a drill press to pre-drill the pin holes. I tried to do it with a hand held pin vise the first time. One stamp came out okay, but the second stamp was a complete mess. You’re drilling so close to the edge of the wood that it’s easy for the drill bit to come out the side of the block - either by poor control, or because the very fine bit is following the grain of the wood. Had to start all over again. And that’s when I figured out that I could chuck my pin vise in my full size drill press as mentioned earlier.
  7. Just curious. When did you buy the kit? We've seen some kits recently with poor quality plywood. The plywood in your kit looks good.
  8. Howdy Peter! Welcome to the Syren club. Even though you're just a few steps into the project, it's easy to see that you do high quality work. I'm looking forward to watching another beautiful Syren take shape. I like that plank bender. Seems easier than the pin boards.
  9. Thanks Floyd, it’s good to be back in the saddle. I’m going to need my stamping jig for the Surprise that’s sitting on my shelf, but thanks for the offer. I only made Port and Starboard stamps as per the instructions. I know some of the advanced guys make a third one for the belt line, but I didn’t think it was necessary. I could go back and add one more nail hole to each plate, by hand, at the position shown in this picture.... I’ll give it it some consideration.
  10. The rudder is a fun little project. Shaped it with a mini hand plane and sanding blocks. Added the copper plates with the aid of a small square.
  11. I was wondering how I would keep the lines straight. In other builder logs, nobody ever seemed to mention it so I figured it must not be a big deal. And sure enough, if you keep your overlaps fairly consistent, it just seems to work out.

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