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About grsjax

  • Birthday 03/01/1951

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  1. Blacken and then paint. I find that blackened brass holds paint better.
  2. I don't use a lot of CA glue so I wasn't to surprised when I found that my bottle of CA had gone bad. Off to wally world to get some new glue. Looking through their rather meager offering in the glue section I found a bottle of "DAP Rapid Fuse all purpose adhesive" On the bottle it says Bonds virtually everything and sets in 30 seconds. It was cheaper than some of the other glues so I decided to give it a try. Took a couple of basswood scraps and spread a small amount of the glue on them and put them together. Had about 10 or 15 seconds to move the parts around then it grabbed hard. Let
  3. I use two old wooden desks for work benches. They provide a work surface at a convenient height when sitting and the drawers on either side are great for storing tools and materials. I have a home made shelf that attaches to one of the desks to provide additional space.
  4. Here is an interesting video on making your own micro chisels.
  5. hypodermic needles of various sizes are available. Cut teeth on the edge and use it to drill through a piece of wood of the correct thickness. as you drill one the previous one is pushed up the tube. BTW drill into the end grain to get stronger treenails. This method is easy but slow as you have to stop every few times to clear the needle.
  6. Could you post some pictures of the treenail maker and and explanation of how it works?
  7. No.1 Brigentine No.2 Ketch The last two I am not sure of.
  8. Getting back to chisels. Are Ramelson chisels good?
  9. It varies depending on how much cutting is needed for a particular project. Can't be beat for cutting out frames and other curved parts.
  10. I purchased this saw https://www.amazon.com/BUCKTOOL-16-inch-Variable-Scroll-Pinless/dp/B07T4N9L93/ref=sr_1_2?dchild=1&keywords=BUCKTOOL+16-inch+Variable+Speed+Scroll&qid=1607487074&s=hi&sr=1-2 and am very happy with it. Best bang for the buck.
  11. Well I got the new carbide jewelers draw plate and it is a fine tool but does not work well for making trunnels. Using my jewelers drawplate made of steel by drawing the wood from the back to the front works ok but not perfect. The carbide plate is made differently and has a short straight section. I can draw bamboo slivers through the plate and make satisfactory trunnels but the effort required is to great to make it worth while. I guess I will have to take a look at the Byrnes draw plate.
  12. I am aware of these being for drawing wire but if you turn them over they work well for making treenails. I have an old wire draw plate that works well but only goes down to about 1mm which is to large for anything less than 1:24 scale. This one goes down to .26mm. I paid $3 shipped for the new one and if it doesn't work for treenails it will still be good for wire drawing which is a useful thing to have around. I was aware of the Byrnes plate and considered it but with shipping to Hawaii it costs about the same as the plates on Amazon. It would be a good choice if this one doesn't wo
  13. Needed a draw plate with small holes for making truunels. Was checking Amazon and most were between $30 and $50. However in with the more expensive ones I found this one, https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07RN8F1Z9/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 Looks good and at this price I figured it was worth taking a chance on. It will be here next week and I will post an update.
  14. Probably steel coated with copper. Fine steel wire will burn.
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