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    Fort Worth, TX, USA
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    Member: Nautical Research Guild
    Recent Builds:
    Anchor Hoy
    Echo Cross Section from Admiralty Models

    Current project Centerboard Schooner C. Chase

    Long Boat from MS http://modelshipworld.com/index.php?/topic/2284-longboat-18th-c-by-maury-modelshipways-by-chuck/

    Nautical Research Guild

    Fair American (POF) from Laukstreet.

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  1. The vertical pegs are used in conjunction with the pegs on the top of the end vise. You can hold a long piece in place flat on the surface of the table. I too have "bashed" the Harbor Freight table by leaving off the front rail and bottom shelf so I can sit at the table without gashing my shins. I also left one of the drawers off to give me more room. Maury
  2. I have received some comments from an informed source: " Bilge pumps for any mid-19th century fishing vessel were almost certainly log pumps – wooden pumps with wooden valves. " Very helpful. Maury
  3. I'm looking for images of bilge pumps that may have been used on the oyster schooners of the mid 1840s. Oertling's booklet on Bilge Pumps omits any info. between 1790 - 1890. I've seen some double (metal) tube pumps in earlier years, but Chapelle's plans (yes, I know his deck arrangements are suspect) show a single "hole". Does anyone have any images or references that may help? Maury
  4. Druxey, I had that pattern early and from the side view, the big "hump" appeared (see post #113). By shifting them to how they are now, the "hump" disappears and the line is fair from the side as well as every other view I examine. Maury
  5. The new lining out worked fine. Druxey, thanks again for the reminder that the art still has to come in! I've removed all the offending planks and re-lined out three bands. The strings actually line up at the bow...angle distortion. Some minor tweaking since the photos and all seems to be falling into place well. Maury
  6. While I Dry heat most planks that need bending, I have used the microwave many times and it works fine. Impurities in the water you use may discolor the wood in the process. Water does nothing more than even out the heat distribution. Make sure you let the wood dry over night to let the moisture content stabilize before gluing in place. Maury
  7. Optical illusions...My earlier planking layouts consisted of dividing the number of planks along each frame and I ended up with that inappropriate "bump" as seen in post #113 where the pencil is pointing in the second shot. This time, I ran a (glued) string from the measured point of intersection of the stem piece to a few points along several of the frames and then looked at the line from the side. From there, I moved the string(s) up or down on each frame so the run APPEARED nice and smooth from the side and a nice smooth line looking from fore and aft. Blue tape is used for the spacing at the bow without marking the wood. The run is much smoother now as seen the the following pics. The strings are tacked down only about 10 - 12 frames back from the bow. Minor tweaks to be done and the planks will appear to come to the stem much more smoothly now and the view from the side will be much closer to Druxey's suggested flow. Maury
  8. The forward planks down to and including the garboard have been removed and the re-shaped garboard planks are now in. I think I can leave much of the former planking in place. Druxey, the re-shaping allows me to eliminate one of the drop planks. These boats are so wide amidships that drop planks are the only way of keeping a plank no less than 1/2 the width at DF. Maury
  9. I do not like the way the lower planks are turning out at the bow. I think it's a matter of the garboard not ending correctly. It looks fine when upside down and straight on, but from the side, I do not like the "bump" (more obvious on the second photo). It's not going to get better, so I think the lower planking needs to be replaced. I think if the garboard is re-done per the pencil line, it will be OK. A lot of work to be undone, but I am just not happy with the lay of the planks. Maury
  10. I remember a discussion of blades and Toni Levine (tlevine) (a doctor) pointed out that surgical blades are made for cutting organs, not wood, and can break if too much pressure is applied. I still use Swann non-sterile blades. Maury
  11. The lower planking band is done. Views from outside and inside. A lot of sanding to be done. Maury
  12. Planking continues... I'm getting close to finishing the first band of planking. Once done, I'll decide which side I'll leave partially exposed. Maury

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