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Jamie Coleman

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    Rochester Hills, MI
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    Woodworking, Scuba Diving, Reading, Video Games (Zelda!), and now model ship building.

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  1. I cheated and bought one. https://www.hobbyzone.pl/en/boat-building-tools/105-small-building-slip.html I got it through hobbyworld. Stock situation wasn’t very good due to covid, and they were pretty poor at responding to emails, but in the end, one showed up, and it’s working pretty well. So much sanding... I've got to admit, I’ve been following along on your build and the sandpaper on a paint stir sized piece of wood has been the best tool for so much of the work.
  2. A bit more done, framed out the cannon and sweep ports, still need to do a bit more work fairing them back to the bulkheads. I used a piece of 1/2” plywood (which is really 15/32”) as a spacer to maker sure the cannon ports were sized right, worked out well to keep things parallel too. Also planked the lower level. I found if I used stain, but wiped it off immediately I got a nice color. Ran a pencil line on one side of each joint, overall I think it’s a good look. Not sure if it’ll matter in the end, but I also painted the below deck area b
  3. Well, it’s been a bit of a hiatus, my dishwasher sprung an undetected leak, and we’ve been dealing with reflooring the kitchen, and works picked up a bit as well. But, I have finally laid in the bulkheads. I did a bit of fairing just getting close to lines on the bulkheads, Fine tuning to come after it’s all blocked up and solid. I found I could just fit the base of my small double square in between and use it as a clamping jig to keep the bulkheads square to the keel. I also started to cut and fit blocking between the bulkheads.
  4. Absolutely gorgeous Steven. It’s not just one aspect that sets it apart, but your carvings, painting and work you put into researching the actual design. Bravo, good sir, bravo.
  5. She’s a beauty. The stern came out very nice after the sanding, gives me hope for when I can finally get back at it.
  6. Almost there! I’ve got to honest, I’m a little bit excited to see what that looks like with all the shields in place, I think it’s going to look spectacular. I like the history lessons that come along with your log as well, adds a little something special.
  7. Something I found on other woodworking projects, try to make one score line very shallow exactly along your straight edge, then go back and make it deeper in stages. Trying to take too big of a bite can cause the knife to wander and look ragged or even move the straight edge.
  8. I’ve been working on deck items recently, and have a lot of them finished. Hatches, steering wheel, binnacle, capstan, galley vent, and a good start on the pump. One thing I did different than the instructions, I was having a bear of a time hollowing out a dowel for the pump “buckets?”, so I used a piece of brass tubing instead, and that worked wonderfully. Need to finish the pump and hang the ship’s bell, then next up are the fife rail and other bitts. Just taking my time on deck fittings, hobbyzone is supposed to be back to work in A
  9. I've been focusing on the ship's boat, and have completed it. I used some artist's tape as a guide to shaping the hull, to give it a light dip midships. Then laid in the framework, this was some fussy work, no real good way to clamp, so each one was just held in place until it dried enough to let go. The the floor boards and a coat of paint. Gratings, thwarts, cap rail, mast bracketry, splash rail and bowsprit support added next, followed by the winch (carved from a piece of square stock, not perfect, but definitely gi
  10. Works been a little quiet, and I’m working from home, so I’ll make a little progress here and there during coffee breaks. Works out nice for letting glue cure between steps.
  11. I decided to copy a few others and precut the mast holes in the keel, and then I glued a few spacer shims on, so when I glue in the blocks to support the bulkheads, it’ll leave a square for the mast to rest in. I left the spacers extra long to give a little extra support. This seemed like a relatively easy way to get the rake of the masts right, just put the framer right on the plans. I also worked on smoothing up the ship’s boat and attached the keel and stem, applied some wood filler and sanded again. Felt it needed another layer of filler in some spots, so at least o
  12. It does call for them to be installed in the bulkhead former, just not glued in until done fairing. I think I’m going to deviate from the instructions and glue and block first, as you describe. There’s really nothing I can’t sand or shape just because it’s glued up.
  13. Beginner question here, but I’m getting ready to install bulkheads, and the instructions say to fair the bulkheads before glueing them in or installing blocking. I would think the bulkheads are going to be moving around if not glued in and supported, leading to a poor fairing. What would be the reason for that order and what would be downside if I glued them in first?
  14. A little further along, tapered the bulkhead former from the bearding line down to the rabbet strip (mostly chisel work, followed by a light sanding), I added the stem knee, and keel. Keel was ever so slight thicker than the knee, so I took a few shavings off with a block plane. After that all had a chance to dry, I sanded the stem down to accept the figurehead. A bit fussy of a job, but just took it slow until it just fit.
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