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  1. SOLD---For sale is a group of Domanoff rope making and rigging tools...I bought these a couple of years ago but due to change in modeling direction never did anything with them...tools are new and still in shrink wrap as received from Domanoff. Group consists of: 1) Ropewalk machine "PROSAK" 3.0 2) Ropewalk "Planetary" 3.0 3) Serving Machine 2.1 4) Power Option for Serving Machine 5) Two Power supplies for above tools. 6) Instruction booklets for all plus DVD with instructions, videos, and more. Cost for current version o
  2. SOLD: Byrnes Ropewalk machine...complete with machine, instructions for use and all accessories for different sized rope...also includes parts to make both three and four laid ropes...plus spares. See photos for details. Offered @ $265 plus shipping.
  3. Model Shipways kit for sale...New-in-Box, never started: SOLD 1) Model Shipways #1457... 18th Century Longboat Kit...1/48th Scale...$40 postpaid USA via FedEx Ground shipment. Please note I will be selling a number of shipbuilding related items from my workshop in the coming days, including tools and difficult to find modeling books...a result of my realizing my modeling passion is live steam model railroading. Stay tuned for some great stuff that I hope will be helpful to those with a passion for shipbuilding. Best Regards, Cliff
  4. My vote is for dull blade and perhaps wrong type of blade...if using a rip type blade for a crosscutting operation rough cuts will be the result.
  5. My Knew Concepts fret saw has become a "go to" tool for coping and fine cutting work...I never realized how easy coping cuts could be...I wrestled for years with various fret saws...this one is the real deal and worth every penny for quality work!
  6. I've had personal experience purchasing buxus (boxwood) from Rare Woods....wonderful wood and the folks at Rare Woods are a great bunch to deal with...I wholeheartedly recommend them.
  7. As others have said there may need to be some clarification of the desired small hole size in order to establish a "correct" answer....including what is the definition of "small". For creating holes with #60 or smaller drill bits, particularly as one approaches bits smaller than #70, there is no better drill press than the Cameron Micro Drill Press. Cameron is a California based company and their drill presses seem frightfully expensive when first considered, but the spindles run very true and I can regularly drill #80 sized holes without any worry of breaking a bit. Yes, the
  8. More important perhaps that cutting fluid is the need for tools to be absolutely sharp! Rake angle can also be a factor...less is better but only if the tool is dead sharp. And small cuts....
  9. I'm impressed with the speed of your build Toni...I'm still trying to get time between work and family commitments to get my keel laid...seeing your progress I'm beginning to think I have excuses rather than reasons for not advancing my own build!...must remedy that in the coming weeks
  10. Dave, thank you for the mention about the usefulness of the NMM plans for Echo being helpful during the cross section build. I am just beginning my Echo Cross Section build, and had planned on waiting to order the NMM plans until after my cross section was complete. I'll re-think that decision and go ahead and order the plans now to have them for assistance during the Cross Section build...if nothing else having them ready at hand will help me understand how to read the old plans...seems good practice to me for a full frame build. Best Regards, Cliff
  11. Hi aec: Glad you were able to connect with Alexey via your posting here on the forum. Now that Alexey has connected with you I am confident you'll find him prompt with any needed corrective action. My experience with purchase of equipment from him has always been very positive. Best Regards, Cliff
  12. I h ave an old Floquil painting guide...it says wait a week for full paint cure, at which time Floquil will even hold up to its own solvent. This has always been the method I've followed when I need to apply a different finish over Floquil.
  13. Greg, Can you tell if your boxwood that has stayed straight was quarter sawn? I'm particularly picky about wood choice, and I've found over the years that no matter what the species quarter sawn was the way to go for pieces requiring stability. The billets of Castello I'm cutting in the photos accompanying this thread are quartersawn straight grain... the Buxus piece I have is through the center of the log...I'm going to cut it in half, then turn 90 degrees so as to cut slabs that are quarter sawn....should work out I think. Interesting side note is th
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