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  1. Thanks Brian. Hope all is well with you - hope to see you sometime soon. I hadn't heard of that before Druxey, thanks. I did find something called 'Cool Jool' that I mentioned back in post 27 that does a great job in protecting joints. I plan to use it on the dredges.
  2. Part 98 –Oyster Dredge Cont’d In preparation for soldering the dredges, I needed to make a jig that would allow me to make two identical sides for each of the two dredges. I used a piece of Corian for the jig, since it resists the heat of soldering and will hopefully serve for all four soldering operations. The dredges were drawn in TurboCAD, using the basic form and dimensions of the dredges shown in the Willie Bennett plans. As mentioned in the previous post, even though Kathryn’s dredges are the same size, the sides of the dredges are configured differently. In drawing the dredge views, I used a series of reference lines to orient the various components of the dredges. In the following photo you can see how the reference lines helped to draw the actual dredge side, top, and bottom views. The various dimensions, including angles, were needed to translate the drawings to the actual milling of the soldering jig. (I used a number of layers to keep the WB drawings, reference lines, dimensions, and final drawings of the Kathryn dredges separate.) For the milling, the workpiece was clamped to the tooling plate on the rotary table. The tools used for making the jig are shown in the following photo. The item on the left is a laser edge finder. This was used multiple times to position and reposition the workpiece and to test whether the planned milling operation would be accurate. On the right of the workpiece, the item closest to the workpiece is a small pointed carbide bit that was used as a ‘scribe’ to draw the principle reference lines that would be used in the milling operations. Finally, the other item is the 1/16” milling cutter with a rounded end that was used to make the grooves in the workpiece. The resulting jig should hopefully work well for soldering the dredge sides. I continue to make the ring nets, and will start the soldering operations in the next day or so. Thanks everyone.
  3. Thanks John. I'm lucky to have lots of reference material, so I can make sure the details are (relatively) correct.
  4. Thanks Druxey. Yes, I'm sure that soldering will make a stronger dredge. So much for shortcuts! Thanks Rich!
  5. Part 97 –Oyster Dredge Cont’d Work on the dredges was interrupted for a trip to the Midwest (rainy and chilly the whole time). I incorporated some of the valuable suggestions for improving the linked rings. I clamped the third hands to a building board, and positioned the rings at a consistent distance from each other by using a small piece of wood as a spacer. I also make sure the drop of CA is only on the knot – this keeps the chain of rings very flexible and will make the net to be more realistic. The process is still slow – there are now five chains completed. I discovered that the construction of Kathryn’s dredge is quite different from the dredge shown in the plans for the Willie Bennett. The book ‘Working Skipjacks of Deal Island’ has a few photos of Kathryn’s dredges, and using these photos allowed me to design the dredge for the model. Here’s the dredge design for the Willie Bennett: and here’s my drawing for Kathryn’s dredge: I decided to try epoxying the dredge sides together. First step was to paste the drawings onto some pieces of wood to serve as building forms. The drawing of the sides was covered with clear plastic wrap to keep the epoxy from sticking to the paper. I used 5-minute epoxy, and after mixing the two parts together I then stirred in some talcum powder to make the epoxy into a gel-like substance to keep it from running too much. The following photo shows a dredge side after the epoxy had cured. You can see that the epoxy still spread out somewhat and needed to be cleaned up. The clumps of epoxy were reduced using a high-speed rotary tool and some very small diamond bits. The following photo shows the dredge side after it was cleaned up. The next step was to hold the sides to the form for the bottom construction using 2-sided tape. Clear packing tape was applied to the top of the form to keep the epoxy from sticking. I left the sides on the form overnight, and then tried removing them from the tape to see how it worked. It didn’t! The amount of epoxy that needed to be removed for appearance sake left the pieces entirely too fragile and pulling them off the tape caused them to come apart. Lesson learned – I can’t get away from soldering! Another question I’ve been dealing with is how to make the toothed bar for the bottom of the dredge. I decided to see if I could drill a series of holes in the 3/64” rod that will make this bar, so that the teeth could then be set into the holes. I mounted a small piece of wood in the milling vise, and milled a small groove in the wood using a 1/16” milling cutter that has a rounded end. This gave me a very shallow groove to hold the 3/64” rod using small machinist clamps. Drilling was performed using a 00 center drill and a #74 carbide drill. A very important part of the process was to use cutting fluid on both drills. Failing to use cutting fluid will cause the carbide drills to break (just don’t ask me how I know this). The fluid is applied using a very soft artists brush to protect the delicate drill bit. The hole was started using the center drill And was then finished using the #74 carbide drill. The workpiece was advanced .055” and the next hole was drilled. Each toothed bar will have 20 teeth. So the work on the dredges continues. I’ll need to make a soldering jig so that another set of dredge sides can be made. And the tedious work of making the net of rings will continue. Thanks everyone for the ‘likes’ and comments.
  6. Nice additions Patrick. It's easy to forget the scale you're working in until the giant thumbnail shows up in one of the photos.
  7. Hi John. I’m on a trip to the Midwest right now, so haven’t done any work on the dredges for the past few days. I do intend to make the bags using the rings and rope nets, and have continued the tedious work of joining the rings. I’ve also started making the frames for the dredges, and need to come up with a method for making the bottom bar that has the teeth in it. These little dredges have become a project in themselves. I’ll be posting some progress when I get home later this week.
  8. Hi Kurt - each of the birds was carved from a single piece of Tupelo. The only time I would carve separate pieces would be for open wings or possibly a spread tail. Naturally, the habitat is made from separate pieces.
  9. Thanks Gary. When I’ve decided on the bird to carve, then I find an action photo of the bird in a natural setting and try to capture that action - makes for a more realistic and Interesting piece. Thanks!
  10. Hi Kurt. The plans I have are for 1:24, but I’m going to work at 1:32 so the comparison to Kathryn will be more accurate when they’re shown side by side.
  11. Thanks Carl. I’ve enjoyed the bird carving, but now I find that I like the challenge of model ships even more. Thanks Druxey!
  12. Thanks Kurt. Takes a lot of patience and a steady hand. My next project will be the Chesapeake Oyster Sloop J T Leonard. This type of boat was a forerunner of the Skipjack. It will be a plank on frame with some planks left off to show the interior work.
  13. Hi Kurt - a while back (several years) I posted a couple of photos in a topic about other hobbies, but the post seems to be gone. Here are a few photos of my latest carvings: a miniature Peregrine Falcon and a Green Heron.
  14. Thanks Popeye. You're absolutely right - I think most of my time has been spent trying to find the right way to do something, and then it gets done pretty quickly.

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