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  • Birthday August 30

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  1. Welcome Eric, Joining the Ship Model Society of New Jersey was a game changer for me. The members are an amazing and supportive group of highly talented modelers. All encouragement and no attitudes. Definitely come for a meeting. And again, Welcome to MSW! -John
  2. I have used my full-size shop disc sander and simply moved it gently by hand with great results. I also used a finer grit sanding disc. Of course I realize that this doesn’t answer the problem of walking across a shop every time. An old pattern-maker trick is to mark your cut line with a knife. This creates a more exact stopping point for whatever you are using. The wood grains are already severed at the surface and that will help with the appearance of the board end. There are special wood working marking knives, but an exacto blade will work fine. This might be your simplest solution.
  3. Go to Pats and/or Geno’s: Order Wiz Wit. Tip from a local: Maybe skip the soft pretzel on the street corner. The reading terminal market is the place for the pork and broccoli rabe. You will not be disappointed.
  4. I remember Tamiya having a clear (translucent) yellow paint color for auto model turn signals. Check that out.
  5. There are two vintage Artesania Latina Charles W. Morgan kits offered on eBay right now. Probably close to the price of the plans and books you are considering buying. Just a thought.
  6. Ken, I'm so happy to see your ship in the photo feed on the home page! Congrats on your completion!! -John
  7. I always liked that series of books. During my married years my wife once called me at work and asked "How do I turn on your table saw?" Scariest thing I ever heard! Your guitar build was an interesting read. I learned my formal woodworking skills by "helping" a friend in his professional shop, similar to your situation with your luthier friend. -John
  8. Table Saw Basics, by Roger Cliffe. A whopping $1.25 used on Amazon. Although the Byrnes saw is smaller, it is the same tool as a full size table saw. Buy the book and learn a ton about a tool that can remove a finger if not handled correctly. BTW, I worked in a woodshop where the saws were set up with the fence to the left of the blades. I am right handed and it was awkward at first, but the saws were high quality and set up well, so the fence side didn't affect the cut. At home my fence is to the right of the blade, where, in my opinion, they should be. The comments above about blade choice and setting the fence properly are right on the mark. Buy that book and it will give you even more info that will make that great saw you have cut to its fullest potential. Enjoy!! -John
  9. The furled sails really add another dimension to visual effect of the rigging. You have really elevated this model far above kit form. Cant wait to see it. -John
  10. Thank you for the likes and comments! CDW: I have a cigar box full of that hardware, but have been saving that for my own box project one day. Bill: It is definitely my Grandfather's. I carried it out of his basement when I was a teenager. It was passed from my Uncle to his sons and back. So now I have it. That's his name on the nameplate and it even has his Pattern Makers' League membership card in a drawer. (Dues were $3.33 a month in 1950) I don't think there is any actual historical value to the box, just family value. (I'm guessing just like your Granpa's axe). Still, I'll sit and ponder things for a while. This box has a sister toolbox, which went to my Mother. It is maple, and has always been kept in the house, and has faired much better over the years. Its not as large or fancy, but is also a wonderful piece of craftsmanship. I think the true value will be when I reach into a drawer, pull out a tool, and shape a piece of wood for a ship, just as my Grandfather did. Its the connection to family long gone that makes me proud to have this. -John
  11. I just brought home my Grandfather's toolbox. It spent its professional career at the Philadelphia Naval Ship Yard, where he worked as a pattern maker. For the last 40 years it has lived in several basements of family members, and now will be used, once again, for shipbuilding. (Although smaller scale ships this time around.) The wood is mahogany, it was made by my Grandfather, and it is in need of restoration. I'll leave it alone for a while to acclimate, then see what can be done.
  12. Welcome to MSW! Sorry, can't help with your question, but good to have you here.
  13. It has been an absolute privilege to follow this build. Thank you for all you have contributed. You bring value to this forum. With all of the talk about MSW vs. other sites, its builds like this and members like you that settle the debate!! Thank you again, John
  14. Hello Doc! Welcome! Lots of great people here. From where in PA? -John

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