robnbill Posted March 5, 2014 Share #1 Posted March 5, 2014 I am new to ship building so I am learning a great deal as I go a long. Thanks to all the members here and Mort Stoll who has taken an interest in assisting me when I get stuck. I ran across a great video done by Jay (Modeler12) building on a thread by Bender (click here for the thread) on how they seize lines. It is great. However, they are a bit more talented than I am in handling the delicate lines. I was struggling to get the seizing to be consistent. I found the end I was wrapping around would move and create chaos in my seizing operation. I decided to try my hand at tool making and came up with a seizing tool that builds on what Jay does and helps me create the consistent seizing I was looking for. Perhaps it might help some of you. Perhaps it has already been done and I have recreated the wheel. Anyway, here is what I did. For the photos below I used a red thread for the line to be seized and a tan thread for the seizing/whipping line. 1) Cut the end off a needle and glue it into a small dowel. 2) Cut a notch in the handle below the open U in the needle. 3) Put the rope to be seized through the end of the needle, around the notch, back up through the needle and back to the notch. This creates the loop. 4) Take the seizing line and put it through the needle and down around the notch, 5) Hold the dowel around the notch to keep the threads secure 6) Wrap the seizing around the needle 7) Insert the end of the line through the seizing loop and tighten the knot, 8) Slide the completed knot off the needle 9) Insert the block in the loop 10) Place the block in the hemostats holding the loop around the block 11) Slide the seizing up to the block 12) Cinch the seized line on the spar. The link to Jay's excellent video of the whole operation is here. http://modelshipworld.com/index.php?/topic/4657-a-video-about-attaching-blocks-to-spars-and-masts/?hl=%2Battaching+%2Bblocks Bill janos, maso, BETAQDAVE and 4 others 7 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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