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  1. you could try checking K&S , they use to sell brass u-channel in small sizes as well as square tube
  2. I've used a product called Bloxogen before that works okay......and then I realized the argon bottle on my mig welder was a cheaper alternative, just set it to purge and a few trigger pulls into the container is all that's needed. I used to go through a lot of Alumilite plastic in a product I made but lost alot of it on the shelf and the argon kept it alive for a very long time.
  3. you could try looking for machinist/mechanics brass shim stock also, goes down to a couple thousands in thickness. I bought a jewelers roll press years ago which has been handy for reducing stock thickness although you have to do a lot of annealing between passes with brass and copper.
  4. I've used pin vises on occasion, much like a fly vise and those wooden jeweler "wedge" vises with the leather padded jaws for odd stuff.
  5. just took a somewhat closer look , so apparently the first 280 backers of the kickstarter raised 355k(!) and paid $1.270.00 each for their machines,19 of which have just been shipped.Now the cost has gone up to 4k .....darn it! .....I'd pay 1.27k for it without a second thought and I already own 3 cnc 3 axis mills but I think 4k is a bit much for this little guy. Although they use a very nice NSK spindle , not cheap, I've never heard of their machine controller and im not real impressed with lead screws and nuts on a cnc for this kind of money, although Sherline does the same.Fusion 360 is ap
  6. I've seen this before, neat little 5 axis.......but...you would be shocked at the cost of a Cad/Cam program capable of programming 5 axis work, it will cost more than the machine for a good one.....and there is no realistic chance of hand coding a 5 axis machine. You can certianly machine an engine block without all the wizardry of a 5, it just takes a little longer and does not look as cool doing it
  7. for way lube why not use ...well.. way lube I'd recommend Mobil Vactra 2 which is available on ebay in quart bottles for as I remember around $10.00, I use this on all my cnc machines and lathe .I also use it to coat the surfaces lightly, never a rust problem.Thinking it may not be the ideal for a lathe used for mostly wood though .
  8. It does work really well for small odd stuff and keeps your fingers away from the blade. Its actually 42 feet ,not inches, of tape for 10 bucks which is hard to beat compared to the other double sided tapes out there. Im using it on my mills also rather than a vacumn table which is iffy on the small parts, one caveat is if your milling through a part like the window frames its best to use the glued up or another work holding method as the glue from the tape likes to ride along on the end mills.There are 3 grades of carpet tape I've found , plastic, cloth and fiberglass being the most expensiv
  9. Hi Ed , I do this kind of work on cnc mills ,can you post some pictures of the moldings ? if your interested in getting them done in walnut maybe we can work something out ,Kev
  10. Well I had to figure out how to get useable lumber out of those boxes of odd shaped cutoffs, I've not done that much woodworking since the 80's having worked mostly in metal the last 25 years so im rusty and have forgotten a lot of tricks.I found this one on youtube and it works great.Had to make an indicator holder for my little saw I bought way back then, a maple carrier board and a zero clearance throat plate, buy some tape and off to the races. This tape is only 10 bucks for 42"s and it STICKS, I use L thinner to clean up. So you start by getting a flat edge on your work piece, sanded,joi
  11. Hi Lionfish liking your start on the ship and wanted to add that I remember having read somewhere years ago that they found the remnants of copper bottom plates when diving on the Bounty's wreck so I think that would be a correct choice. I've just finished a carved stern assembly for the ship for a scratch build im starting but its in 1-64 scale, I plan on making them in 1-48 also but I don't think it would translate down to 1-110 to well , the window frames at 1-64 are only about 0.015" thick. I have some pics of it in the scratch build forum if your curious.I've accumulated a lot of photos
  12. Hello , thought I would share this here since its all your fault im doing this , too much inspiration on this web site, thanks...I think. After spending the last month or so off and on completing a stern replacement for a model I had bought at auction years ago that needed a complete rebuild, what was I thinking?, i have decided tentatively that my time might be better spent doing what I really want to do which is a POF ship.This would be a first POF for me and depends on whether I can find the Hahn or other plans available.I had purchased the Mamoli kit, which is very nice, to help refit the
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