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Hey Group,

About to hit a milestone next month and the wife is asking what I want.  I really would love more time in the workshop - LOL.  However probably another tool is probably an easier ask.  Here's what Ive collected over the past few years (I use all of them).  The major three Byrnes tools (saw, sander and thickness sander), Proxxon thickness planer, Dewalt Scroll Saw on Stand, Spindle Sander, Proxxon MF 70 Mill and a really nice set of Lie Neilsen chisels.  Only thing i may be missing is a lathe ?  


Any suggestions are appreciated - Im a scratch builder with the occasion cheat from Syren Ship Models. 

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Can’t be another birthday. Considering the tools you already have you must be in heaven...Moab

Completed Builds:

Virginia Armed Sloop...Model Shipways


Louise Steam Launch...Constructo

Hansa Kogge...Dusek

Yankee Hero...BlueJacket


26’ Long Boat...Model Shipways

Under Construction:

Emma C. Berry...Model Shipways


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You deserve to get a lathe for your 50th.  The Sherline is the Cadillac of small lathes - at least until Byrnes makes one.  Look at the Taig lathe    https://taigtools.com/dealers/

I was completely happy with the one I had for several years until a club member offered me a Sherline for a price I couldn't pass up.  I hung onto the Taig for some time before selling it to another club member because I thought that having two lathes might be convenient as multiple small table saws are to me.  It wasn't like having the multiple saws so I sold it.  I know others who own Taigs and all are very happy with them

Not being a machinist by any stretch of the imagination the Taig was completely adequate - but if one is an accomplished machinist the Sherline will do things the Taig just can't do.





Kurt Van Dahm






Nautical Research & Model Ship Society of Chicago

Midwest Model Shipwrights

North Shore Deadeyes

The Society of Model Shipwrights

Butch O'Hare - IPMS

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What about a band saw?  There would be less waste cutting billets down to usable thickness than with a table saw.  


Chairman Nautical Research Guild

Member Nautical Research and Model Society

Member Midwest Model Shipwrights


Current Builds:     

Completed Builds: Longboat - 1:48 scale       HMS Atalanta-1775 - 1:48 scale       Half Hull Planking Project      Capstan Project     Swallow 1779 - 1:48 scale               Echo Cross Section   

Gallery:  Hannah - 1:36 scale.

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  • 1 month later...

What did you end up getting? 🤔




Current Wooden builds:  Amati/Victory Pegasus  MS Charles W. Morgan  Euromodel La Renommèe  


Plastic builds:    SB2U-1 Vindicator 1/48  Five Star Yaeyama 1/700  Pit Road Asashio and Akashi 1/700 diorama  Walrus 1/48 and Albatross 1/700  Special Hobby Buffalo 1/32


Completed builds :  Caldercraft Brig Badger   Amati Hannah - Ship in Bottle  Pit Road Hatsuzakura 1/700   Hasegawa Shimakaze 1:350

F4B-4 and P-6E 1/72  Accurate Miniatures F3F-1/F3F-2 1/48  Tamiya F4F-4 Wildcat built as FM-1 1/48  Special Hobby Buffalo 1/48

Citroen 2CV 1/24 - Airfix and Tamiya  Entex Morgan 3-wheeler 1/16


Terminated build:  HMS Lyme (based on Corel Unicorn)  


On the shelf:  Euromodel Friedrich Wilhelm zu Pferde; Caldercraft Victory; too many plastic ship, plane and car kits


Future potential scratch builds:  HMS Lyme (from NMM plans); Le Gros Ventre (from Ancre monographs), Dutch ship from Ab Hoving book, HMS Sussex from McCardle book, Philadelphia gunboat (Smithsonian plans)

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