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  1. Alan, I regret buying my plastic full size kayak. Building your's full size would have been much more satisfying! Mark
  2. Gaetan, your shop should be on a Nautical Research Guild tour some day! Mark
  3. Hi Alan, Doing more drawing is how I procrastinate on actually cutting wood! It is becoming a bad habit...🙃 Mark
  4. Gary, Nice to be reminded of your outstanding framing. It is fun to start covering all of this up with planking, etc., but it sure is nice every once in a while to see a hull in full frame in the earlier stages of a build! Mark
  5. A couple more sheets. These are not yet really finished or laid out as final drawings, but they do help pull together a lot of work I have done on more detail. Just in case the electronic world fails, I will have hard copies of the basic information!
  6. Hi druxey, I so wish I could take a jewelry class somewhere. I seen now how exceedingly helpful that would be. Silver soldering still eludes me... Other things in life have taken me away from the shop. But while distracted by other things, it helped clarify my next steps, resolving the numerous chicken and egg issues of what has to come before what. I have concluded that I cannot install the barrels of the guns on the gundeck afterwards. The stool bed and wedged quoin are way too delicate; several have broken off just picking up the carriages. I will need to epoxy the barrels
  7. Michael, Lovely, lovely work. This truly is a work of art. And when did Angus start hanging around the shop? Mark
  8. druxey, a workshop on jewelry making, or miniature metal smithing for ship models, would be a welcome break right now. If only.... Guy, happy to help out. I have learned so much from others on this website, I am glad I can contribute some myself. I am at a crossroads on the Bellona right now. I am trying to think ahead to the order in which things must be done so I don't tangle myself up. I was headed towards installing all of the standards, gun carriages and ironwork, but then thought that cutting the mortises for the decks above would be spraying wood shavings al
  9. Gary, I linked all of my dust collection hoses to one dust collector by putting gates at the back of my workbench, all connected together by PVC pipe underneath the fir covering board. The PVC then hooks up the dust collector. It has an on-off switch powered by the tool turning on, so all of the tools are plugged into a power strip, which is then plugged into the dust collector. That means any tool turning on will turn on the dust collector. Sometimes I forget to open and close the right gates, but I find out soon enough when the dust starts swirling up. When I install
  10. L.H., yes, you guessed it! Marc, here are the cutter and the parallel jaw pliers. The pliers are: https://contenti.com/brass-jaw-flat-nose-parallel-pliers The cutters are Lindstrom 8141, found on this page: https://contenti.com/pliers-cutters-n-shears/jeweler-s-pliers/lindstrom-pliers/lindstrom-80-series-micro-bevel-flush-cutters
  11. Thanks, everyone, for your comments. Marc, the parallel jaw pliers are terrific for flattening a construction without denting the soft metal. And they are not all that expensive, relative to other jeweler's pliers. I found mine at Contenti. Tony, my strainer is plastic, so I hoped that would be OK in the pickle. I did make the mistake at the very end of using the strainer in the baking soda and then putting it back into the pickle without first washing it. So I probably did kill the pickle with that mis-step. I will look into the bar-tender strainers in the future. It w
  12. I vaguely recall an exhibit of the Sutton Hoo ship in the British museum many decades ago, like part of a cast of the dig? Do I remember this correctly, and if so, is it still in the British Museum public exhibits? Mark
  13. Thanks, druxey. Here is a closer look at the marking jig. The ebony pointer slides up between the two side pieces of the shell, and has a screw on the bottom for fine adjustment. And then a screw at the right tightens it down in place. The top screw tightens the entire sliding mechanism against the bar. The empty screw holes were drilled when I used this for the gun deck. They got in the way when I had to shorten the throw for the upper deck. Should have thought ahead way back then.... Mark
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