flying_dutchman2 Posted December 9, 2013 Share #1 Posted December 9, 2013 Hello, I am finishing up the Royal yacht Mary by Mamoli, and working on the masts and spars. They are from basswood, all warped and break easily when you sand them thin. I did some research in the books I have and a website from Gene Larson, on what type of wood to use for mast and spars. They suggest the following: Sitka spruce, beech, lemon wood, lance wood, maple, cherry and red cedar. No basswood, the research says it is soft and warps. I need the following dowel diameters and I have put them both in mm and inches. 8mm or 5/16"7mm or 17/64"6mm or 15/64"5mm or 3/16"4mm or 5/32"3mm or 1/8"2mm or 5/64" In my area I checked these stores for ready made dowels:Home Depot, Lowes, Michael's, hobby lobby and AC Moore and my local hobby stores - they all have basswood and do not have the odd sizes. I checked on line and these don't have the odd sizes too.http://www.nationalbalsa.com/http://dlumberyard.com/index.htmlhttp://www.hobbymillusa.com/http://www.modelexpo-online.com/default.asp (they used to have so much more)http://www.woodcraft.com/ www.historicships.comDoes have the odd sizes but all of the wood is pricey. Conclusion: I can go to 3 stores on-line and buy here and there and pay a lot for shipping OR have one (1) store that provides Everything. Any suggestion of other places I missed that are reliable in the USA. The NET has lots of places that sell dowels and Amazon is connected to many sites I have never heard off. I need dowels that are not basswood. Any suggestions is much appreciated.Marc Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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