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  1. How much can I bore you with incremental progress!? Here is the tie-down, ready for further work-- One end is "seized" (I don't know the proper term)-- And back in place, rope is (at the other end) thread through the eye splices-- And the wire cut-- Just to end with something interesting, while glue on the knots dries, a shot looking down the deck-- Ron
  2. Hi Hamilton! Thanks for checking in. Lou, batten, yes, that sounds good to me. So, a small update. I am not able to spend a lot of time on the model--maybe an hour or so every couple days. Work continues on the battens and tie-downs. I cut a couple lengths of rope and gave them a dipping to darken the thread a little-- Then draw across some beeswax-- After making a simulated spliced loop in one end, I test fit the rope on the batten to get an approximate length for the loop at the other end of the rope-- Once I had the two loops, I connected them with a bit of wire to test the length. I'll finish the one on the right before going any farther with the second one. Need to make sure this will work! Testing the fit again on the model. I put a small dab of glue just on the rope where it turns down off the batten. Hopefully it will hold it's shape after I take it back off the model to work on lashing the two loops together. I'm not sure yet whether I'll finish that lashing completely off the model, or try to tighten it on the model-- Ron
  3. Thanks Bossman, Martin, John, and Lou, and everyone who hit the "like" button. I'm glad you guys are still around and watching! Work continues on the tie-downs for the boat. I cut a couple of pieces--not sure what you would call these--but they will notch into the wales of the boat and guide the ropes that will tie it down. After rounding the ends, a shallow groove is filed into each end-- And on the underside, two notches are filed-- They fit across the boat like this== You can also see the ringbolts placed in the deck that the ends of the ropes will be hooked into-- That's all for now! Ron
  4. Another New Year, another New Year's Resolution (among others). I moved last year. Here's my new workshop--I don't need to use the dining room table anymore-- I finished the splash boards on the ship's boat, and put pins in the deck support pieces-- If you are very observant you will notice only 4 oars, but 5 rowing locations. Somehow I lost an oar in the move to my new house!!!!!!!! I can't believe it. I'm not sure whether I will make a replacement oar. (but should, and probably will) Drilled the corresponding holes on the deck for the boat supports- And here they are glued in place-- The boat in place-- Next will be placing the tie-downs for the boat. I vow to continue working on this model longer than I did last year! Ron
  5. Mark, Congratulations on the initial casting, it looks great! I have been silently following your cannon saga (and entire build since you've been on the site). Ron
  6. Captain Poison, Thank you for the additional information! The Quebracho table is beautiful, the wood has a very rich color. You prompted me to do some more research, and I must correct some of my information. I do not think that the powder I have is from the bark of the tree. It is a water soluble extract made from boiling chips of the red heartwood of the tree, which contains the desired tannins. At the taxidermy supply retailer I purchased it from, it is called "Bark Tan", which led me to the wrong conclusion. It seems to be used most commonly in this form to dye leather. As pointed out by Captain Poison, and apparent from the label on the box, it's to be used with care. Here is a photo of the label, and the bag of Quebracho Extract-- Lou, I am only too happy to oblige! Here is an overall photo of Oneida (sorry for the dark lighting, a daytime shot would probably be nicer)-- And a closer view with the unfinished boat in it's stowed (proper term?) location-- Ron
  7. Thanks, Ed! Captain Poison- Thanks for the info and translation of the Quebracho tree! I knew it was from South America, but not much more than that. What I have is a plastic bag of powdered bark from the tree. I learned of it's use from a woodworking magazine article on ebonizing wood. I don't remember where I purchased it from, but found it from an internet search. There is probably at least a pound of it in the bag (the bag was shipped in a 5 inch x 5 inch cardboard box), enough to last a lifetime and more of model making, as I only need a teaspoon at a time! Ron
  8. Thanks Martin, and to all for the likes. Amazing how time flies by. I am still working, though at a snails pace for the last couple months. Here's a little bit on how I am making the splash boards: First a blank piece, slightly curved (by bending with my fingers, no additional heat needed) to match the gunwale-- Next, a groove is cut in a piece of square stock-- This groove is widened a bit with a file-- And cut into short sections-- These are glued to the ends of the splash board (which has been "pointed" on the ends with a file, to fit the grooved pieces-- The end "supports" are oversized (only to make them easier to handle) and need to be filed and sanded down to size-- The assembly needs to be very slightly sanded on the bottom to match the slight sheer of the gunwale. Once they are all glued on, I will sand them all down to the right height (as attached they are too tall). The last two boards are more curved, so they are boiled and bent to the original plug-- These two now need end supports on the forward ends. As with the other splash boards they will be sanded down to the right height once glued on-- The little boat is slowly getting there! How long has it taken me to build this? Three years?! Ron
  9. Martin, I'm just catching up on all you've done on Fly the last few years. Great job! Ron
  10. Thank you, Russ. I do feel good about the oars. I was dreading them, but as is usually the case, once you get started, the rest follows. Not much happening since Christmas, but I'll start the new year off with a post. I had to remove the partially epoxied gunwales. The curve of them wasn't an exact match to the hull, and I thought I could bend them as I glued them incrementally. No go, there was too much curvature at the aft end. The pencil line shows the actual curve taken off the model, compared to my piece-- It doesn't seem like much, but as it's curving against the wider dimension, the force was too difficult for me to deal with. So, I submerged the removed wale in heated water, and edge bent it carefully with my fingers, heat-bend, heat-bend, numerous times, checking against the boat, until the curve was good, and I could glue them all in one shot without forcing any bends. Next was shaping a breast hook and two stern hooks (?)-- These were blackened, along with a deadeye that missed out when it was his brothers' turn-- They are now glued, with the gunwales-- Finally, the splash boards are being fitted, and glued-- Happy New Year all! Ron
  11. The oars are 95% done. Some fine-tuning to the shoulders of some of the blades, and a little further reduction in the handle diameter will finish them for me. The color variation is a little bothersome--they were all cut from Castello Boxwood, but a couple are as dark as the Pear. The oar on the right was the first one, and it has a slightly smaller shaft diameter up near the loom, which I think is too small. I made the others a little beefier-- Happy Holidays, all, Ron
  12. Thanks hamilton. There is also a product called Jax Black. I have not used either of them, so I don't know how well they work, but I have seen that others use them. From a quick search, the Jax seems to only be available in larger sizes. Thanks to all for the likes. Five stages of oar making-- Ron
  13. As usual, in making the oars, I have charged off, having an idea of what I'm doing, but not full knowledge. And as with most things in the model, as I get into the task, and questions arise, I spend time hunting for answers, and learning. I started by eye, from a few model photos (and particularly dangerously, memories of model photos), and a chart in May's book which listed a 13 or 14 foot oar (I don't understand the dual listing for all the oars in the chart) for a 20 foot cutter, which is what I have. Being somewhat dissatisfied with the progress on my little oar, I was able to find online an excerpt from David Steel's The Art of Making Masts, Yard, Gaffs, Boom, Blocks, and Oars, from 1797. It gave dimensions for the various parts of the oar, which was a great help. The smallest oar it listed was a 16 footer, but close enough. I was able to fine tune my proportions. Among other things, I squared off the loom portion (yes, I learned the proper term) to get it to a more correct dimension. The blade became much narrower also. It's still a bit too wide, maybe a hundredth of an inch or so. And the handle should be thinner. But I am stopping here in fear of breaking it. Once I get a few more done, I may come back and fix those discrepancies, or maybe I will just bury this one in the bottom of the bundle when they are all stored in the cutter-- Observant folks will notice which mast step I decided upon. Ron
  14. Staining the boat's gunwales, and the ship's deadeyes. In the coffee cup is the Quebracho bark "tea". In the small shallow bowl is the rusted-nails-in-vinegar solution (with bits of rust swimming in it). The procedure is to soak the pieces to be stained in the bark tea, then paint them with the rusty nail liquid. Here I have put the deadeyes on a paper towel after dumping them in the coffee cup and stirring them around for a minute-- I painted the bark tea on the boat gunwales with a q-tip-- With the deadeyes, I dumped them into the rusty nail solution, then fished them out and got a fresh bowl of solution to paint the gunwales with. If the rusty solution gets contaminated with too much of the bark solution, it doesn't work well. Here the gunwales are epoxied at the bow, and left to cure. My plan is to incrementally epoxy them from bow to stern. You can't seem much detail in the deadeyes, the ebony stain worked quite well-- Five oar blanks out of castello boxwood. I'm wondering if I can really make some nice oars out of these-- I started by chucking one in a hand drill, and sanding it round, close to the diameter of the weighted part near the hand grips. From there, I'm shaping it by hand with files and sandpaper. I feel like this is going to snap at some point, as the diameter reduces-- This is going to take a while-- In between working on the oars, I'll be working on some other things for relief. Probably the ship's lower masts, as they will help me in making the channels and chainplates. Ron

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