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OK fellow Modelshipworldians.  My wife asked me tonight what I wanted for Christmas and I didn't know what to say.  I suppose the usual socks and underwear but I think I have a chance to throw a cool tool in the mix.  What do you think, any suggestions?  Keep in mind, I already have the Byrnes table saw.  Possibly thinking of another power tool or perhaps some really beneficial hand tools.  I could use your help for ideas.

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Depending on your particular situation I would recommend something for dust control. Depends on your shop but proper dust control is really important. I personally just got a nice shopvac with a HEPA filter on it which will help quite a bit and for Christmas I think I’m gonna end up with a actual air filtration system.

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I really enjoy my disk sander as well, its not Byrnes one but does the job. As mentioned above a nice shop vac is a really nice thing to have, back in march Costco had a sale on really nice on a Dewalt shop vac that may have been 100 bucks. Here is the link it looks like its still only 100 but i use it every day i would say

 

https://www.costco.com/dewalt-10-gallon-wetdry-vacuum.product.100491610.html

 

Bradley

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The tool that I use by far the most in my shop Is my drill press.  I use it all the time.  I not only use for the projects that I build, I also use it to make the jigs and fixtures to make things.  The ability to drill an accurate, straight hole square to a surface is an essential factor in doing quality work.  As you get into metal work it becomes essential.

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If you are scratch building and ripping your own planks and other parts, a Byres thickness sander is my vote.  Almost every thing that is sawn goes through the thickness sander as it is so accurate.      Dust is a major problem so a collection unit would be a great thing to have.  

 

Allan

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The Byrnes thickness sander is next on my list of "expensive" tools. However, that will also mean improving my dust collection system. Fein vacuum cleaners are supposed to be amongst the quietist, so that's on my list too. But there's also the space issue. One option I have considered is some good pre-planning and just using the sander outdoors as weather and season permits.

 

This is not a simple hobby 🤔

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22 hours ago, Roger Pellett said:

The tool that I use by far the most in my shop Is my drill press.  I use it all the time.  I not only use for the projects that I build, I also use it to make the jigs and fixtures to make things.  The ability to drill an accurate, straight hole square to a surface is an essential factor in doing quality work.  As you get into metal work it becomes essential.

 

I seem to use my mill for drill work and ended up getting rid of my drill press.  As for the most used in my shop.. either my model table saw or my scroll saw.   I barely use the lathe and the laser cutter seems to be used in "spurts".

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24 minutes ago, mtaylor said:

seem to use my mill for drill work and ended up getting rid of my drill press.  As for the most used in my shop.. either my model table saw or my scroll saw.   I barely use the lathe and the laser cutter seems to be used in "spurts".

This is encouraging as I think I’m going to skip the drill press and pick up a mill for double duty.
 

I am curious how you shape masts and dowels if not on your lathe? (And I used to think a laser cutter would be really handy... but I’m not certain that I still feel the same way, but I do know that I enjoy “toys” so I’d figure out something to do with it.

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Full sized (1/2 in capacity chuck) bench mounted drill presses are inexpensive.  Almost every project that I tackle seems to include drilling holes.  I have a milling column that mounts on my Sherline lathe.  I also have the sensitive drilling attachment that is useful for drilling holes under 3/32in diameter.  For all other drilling including hole saws it is much quicker and easier to use the drill press.

 

Roger

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Some of this depends on what you are trying to do.  Are you outfitting a shop where ship modeling will be part of what you want to do or you outfitting a shop to just build ship models?

 

In my case, I first bought full sized shop tools as funds became available- 10in table saw, 14in bandsaw, drill press, jointer, scroll saw.  With these tools I scratch built a plank on frame model and several other ship models.  I have also used  them for boat building and repair, for building several muzzleloading rifles and for all sorts of home construction projects.  

 

Much later when I had more money and fewer responsibilities I bought a Sherline lathe/milling column and Byrnes Saw, but I continue to enjoy the flexibility of full sized tools.

 

Much of the work done on ship models can be done with full sized tools but specialized model making tools don’t have the capacity for other work.

 

BTW Spars are easily made without a lathe.  Shape a square stick with the correct taper(s), plane it eight sided,  sand the eight sided stick to a round cross section.

 

Roger

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On 11/15/2020 at 9:29 AM, Kevin said:

how about a miller, i recently bought the Proxxon MF-70

 

for myself, i dont need anything, so will go without this year i will purchase another build like the new CAF Grando, or the under development  Bluejacket (begins with a W)  but i may be ready by then to do the Triton scratch

change of plans, the wife must be reading this, and actually asked me that question today

there is a few  caveats though, she wants me to build something that wont take 7 years, must be completed, and fit on a shelf, so that rules out @chris watton 1/48 Royal George 

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22 hours ago, VTHokiEE said:

This is encouraging as I think I’m going to skip the drill press and pick up a mill for double duty.
 

I am curious how you shape masts and dowels if not on your lathe? (And I used to think a laser cutter would be really handy... but I’m not certain that I still feel the same way, but I do know that I enjoy “toys” so I’d figure out something to do with it.

For masts and when I turn cannon, I use the lathe.  Mostly it just sits there and glares at me for not using it.  The laser cutter has it's uses, but at this point on my current model, it's only been used for the bulkheads so far. But it'll get used again for things like gun carriages, many of the fittings, ship's boats, rudder, bow area, and few other things.

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Thanks for all the responses, very much appreciated. Because my shop is in the basement of our house I think I'm going to concentrate on dust collection for now.  I did have my eye on Byrne's thickness sander and his disc sander but I believe I need to control the amount of dust entering the house.

 

I do use a shop vac, which works OK, but I think I can do much better for not much of a significant investment.

 

And yes, I agree with those who wish this pandemic would come to an end.  Hopefully the new year will see life starting to slowly return to normal.

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