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Schooner Polotsk 1777 by Mike Y - Master Korabel - 1:72

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Personally I prefer shoe dye. One needs to be very careful not to get it where it's not wanted! It does not raise the wood grain. I use two or three coats, then buff the wood with a paper towel to a nice dull sheen.

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6 hours ago, druxey said:

Personally I prefer shoe dye. One needs to be very careful not to get it where it's not wanted! It does not raise the wood grain. I use two or three coats, then buff the wood with a paper towel to a nice dull sheen.

Thanks druxey, have not thought of that

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Daria is back after the summer, yay! The modelling sessions were rare, but enjoyable nevertheless. 

We learned how to taper flat surfaces:

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Fine fitting is easier now, she can do it alone:

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My clamps were quite handy when laminating the stem, it is tapered so you can't just clamp it between two pieces of glass, and veneer bends with moisture.

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First time using marking knife for precise trimming of veneer pieces so they fit each other:

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And her favourite photo:

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Also learned how to use a chisel in gentle pairing motions. Keeping a consistent angle is hard!

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And a few last pieces were done completely without me, she did everything from masking to fitting and gluing:

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But clamping a long piece with a masking tape is more fun if you do it together :) 

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Hope we'll finish the stem soon! 

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Have enjoyed your thread very much.  I have been eyeballing one of these from a local dealer here in the US.  I am very impressed with the quality.  I too enjoyed your tutorial about melting PVA w/a iron.  Does work with thin wood.  I use a iron, I used to apply Mono-kote to RC planes.  Works great for the applying glued planks and adjustments.  Looking forward to more of the build.  

Rick 

 

PS:  I have noticed several times, individuals talking about contact cement.  This also works after you get the piece just where you want and lightly run a iron down the plank, warms the material and flattens the plank for a tight lay with no edge curl.  Burnishing also works well.  I am no big fan of contact cement, in my past working life, I applied Formica to counter tops!  Can not stand the smell of the stuff anymore.

 

 

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Stem assembly required a bit of fitting and fairing, laser kerf was not taken into account when pieces were laid out.

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But overall the glue-up was going easy.

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There are some small gaps, but I decided not to be a perfectionist here :) 

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Now the stem needs to be rounded and sanded:

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End result:369642623_Foto2019-10-06125327.thumb.jpg.2c7d2c2d472460316f067c79faefb4e7.jpg

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