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    Re: Penetrating Epoxy kicked off

    I've mixed CPES by the quart in coffee cans for big jobs and never had a problem. "I love the smell of CPES in the morning..." :D
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    Re: mast wedges from plastic?

    What Madison said. I've been around a long time now and I've never seen a mast "crushed" by a properly fitted wedge swelling. Properly shaped wedges should bear equally across their surface and...
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    Re: Penetrating Epoxy kicked off

    I have mixed gallons and gallons of Smith and Co. CPES "Clear Penetrating Epoxy Sealer" and I have never, ever, had it go exothermic or even get warm. Never. Ever.

    Just sayin'.

    Regular WEST...
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    Re: What do you call this fastener?

    Don't forget that those corrugated fasteners which are primarily intended for low-quality construction and soft wood, have wicked tendency of split chunks off the ends of the mitered cuts. I sure...
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    Re: What do you call this fastener?

    There is a manual insertion device that is used with these. (Come to think of it, I have no idea where mine is now.) It's an oblong tube the size of the staple. it is placed on the work piece surface...
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    Re: Sitka Spruce Mast Refinishing/Repair

    Truth be told, Sitka spruce doesn't bleach worth a damn. Some species bleach beautifully, such as teak. I've poured gallons of oxalic acid over Sitka spruce spars trying to get the grey discoloration...
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    Re: Seeking thoughts on ethics....

    Enjoy the fantasy while it lasts. George Bueler made a living specializing in fueling "backyard boatbuilding dreams." I'm not saying to quit dreaming. No, keep dreaming. Just don't waste time and...
  8. Re: Charles W Morgan Restoration; A Volunteer's Perspective-1

    Every cloud has a silver lining, I guess. Terrible as hurricanes are, I suppose there will be another big haul of good live oak for Mystic Seaport when "Florence" gets done with the Carolinas.
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    Re: Ship Modeling Tools

    My Dearly Beloved, who is a Disney Freak, recently brought back from the Magic Kingdom for me a nice coffee table book about all of the Disney steam trains, Walt's small live steamers and Ward...
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    Re: Ship Modeling Tools

    Getting sails just right is one of the most difficult things to do. Those are some of the best I've ever seen.

    I visited the Walt Disney Family Museum in the Presidio of San Francisco recently....
  11. Re: I think somebody should have tried one of these before selling them

    I got a kick out of "This kind of knife should be used with machine. Carved wooden carving stone carving must have the cutting tools, good use of sharp, this product is pure hand made."

    I haven't ...
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    Re: Ship Modeling Tools

    No question but that it is often difficult to find a place for a case in the ordinary home. It's always surprising how "big" a small model becomes when cased. And, yes, it's nice to be able to...
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    Re: latest photo of H28 "Bright Star"

    Love it! She looks great.
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    Re: Ship Modeling Tools

    Beautiful model! I do hope you keep it in a case. Many don't keep models in cases, but a proper case is essential for preventing deterioration in the ordinary course and catastrophic damage in the...
  15. Re: "Fully Submerged" the Death Knell for this beauty?

    It also appears that she is Canadian built and documented (or was.) As a foreign-built hull, she wouldn't be qualified for any commercial use (towing or charter) in the U.S. Maybe someone wants her...
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    Re: Painting wet wood or canvas

    Once the canvas has been shrunk (being fastened before with copper tacks or monel staples,) it is then painted. The canvas is painted dry with thinned paint which will soak into the weave. it is not...
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    Re: Ship Modeling Tools

    It's the same in the US. The decent modeling woods were always in short supply. (Balsa is not a serious modeling wood. Too weak, too soft, too "fuzzy" and difficult to get and keep a sharp edge on...
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    Re: Ship Modeling Tools

    Beautiful lines on your model, Chippie. You might want to share the offsets with the forum if you are so inclined. That's a boat that looks like it's worth building full-size.
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    Re: Herreshoff Steam Engine Fabrication @MIT

    Great looking engine! If I may be so bold to comment, though, that much engine sitting on a couple of sawhorses with as much mileage on them as it looks "gives me the willies." "Strong as the weakest...
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    Re: Ship Modeling Tools

    Tell me about it! it's amazing how many people think the models can sail the same way as the prototypes. I have a couple of friends who have gotten into radio controlled 12 meter yachts. They are...
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    Re: Ship Modeling Tools

    I also took a hiatus from model building for several years a while back, only to discover it had become way more sophisticated than I had ever expected. Now, modelers are using CNC laser cutters and...
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    Re: Ship Modeling Tools

    Ah yes, Micro-Mark (https://www.micromark.com/?ns_md=cpc&ns_sc=Yahoo_Gemini_Ads&ns_cn=WK_Brand) and ModelExpo (https://modelexpo-online.com/Model-Tools) are most entertaining catalogs. That said,...
  23. Re: Some carpenters are not at ease in a boat shop.

    Perhaps one small benefit of the general "dumbing down" of craft skills among the common man these days is that we get fewer people asking to borrow tools than used to. Sad to say, but on the rare...
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    Re: "Bright Star" in the slot.

    Love it! There's nothing like an LFH hull at speed, is there?
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    Re: Seacock Substitute?

    Your word may not be the law, but the law says the same, if my memory is correct. Plumbers' gate valves are a decided no-no on through-hull fittings because they sink ships for the reasons set forth...
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    Re: Herreshoff Steam Engine Fabrication @MIT

    I share your theory that the corrosive effects on yellow metals differ inexplicably. The Admiralty found the same to be true when they first began experimenting with copper sheathing in the late...
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    Re: Sanding prior to painting

    If you want the paint to last (and do its job of protecting the wood better,) you'd be well advised to use Kirby's gloss topcoat on top of a good sanding basecoat (which Kirby's probably has.) I'd...
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    Re: Herreshoff Steam Engine Fabrication @MIT

    Never argue with the plans as specified! That said, it seemd a bit of research was in order and I dug up the following:

    Prior to the discovery of the Hall-Hιroult process for smelting aluminum in...
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    Re: Other: Need a Thin Hot Glue

    As usual, the tried-and-true traditional solution is usually the best. Everybody seems to think they have to use newfangled materials like carbon fiber, aluminium, cyanoacrylates and epoxies to get a...
  30. Thread: Rodney Kerne

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    Re: Rodney Kerne

    Ditto to the above assessments. It's too far gone. It is sometimes possible to repair a bit of edge delamination by injecting some epoxy resin between the plies and tacking it flat until the resin...
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    Re: Lining up screw slots

    Smalser wasn't what I'd call a master boatbuilder by a long shot, but he was a fountain of esoteric craft information, particularly about wood. You did have to separate the fly sheet from the pepper,...
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    Re: Inspecting wooden masts

    Time was, the tradition was to put a large coin beneath the heel of a mast when it was stepped "for good luck." An old timer once told me when we pulled the stick on an old boat at the yard and found...
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    Re: Lining up screw slots

    Great old time thread back in the days before somebody ran Bob Smalser off the forum. For any newbies reading it, recognize the level of knowledge and the quality of the prose that used to be...
  34. Re: Help Please -Identify Tall Sail Ship (Extreme Clipper)

    I agree it's "extreme," but certainly not a clipper, as noted. The swell seems rather large and out of scale, given the canvas she's flying, and the fore course looks oddly shaped. What they are...
  35. Thread: 12v outlets

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    Re: 12v outlets

    Cigarette lighter plugs seem to be losing favor in the automotive industry. Fewer and fewer people smoke. I've noticed that even when they are installed on the new models, they don't include the...
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    Re: Glass or plastic windows?

    The designer's recommendation is always a good place to start. My option has always been for automotive safety glass, unless, of course, the pane is going to be at particularly high risk of being...
  37. Re: Dare I ask, paint or vinyl Name/Registration

    Screwed-fastened bronze or stainless letters have the distinct advantage of being easily removable when the time for varnish touch-up comes round. (Even the nicest hand-lettered job will get yellowed...
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    Re: Vintage Yacht/Boat Magazines on YouTube

    Those magazines are real treasures and you must be really tired of turning pages. :D Unfortunately, some, if not all, are copyrighted. Years ago, in the days of snail mail, I tried to secure the...
  39. Re: So you call that a slipper launch?…………….

    Thunderbird is where varnishers go to hell. Can you imagine maintaining that varnish! Bill Harrah could afford it. Casino money from the losers.
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    Re: Matthew Walker Knot Brush

    No kidding! That's one I've never heard. I love nautical trivia.
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    Re: Round Thimbles North America

    Most yellow metal thimbles I've seen are brass. The bronze ones seem to be cast, which will cost more, of course.
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    Re: Matthew Walker Knot Brush

    Very cool adaptation of an old tool!
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    Re: Round Thimbles North America

    Port Townsend Foundry in Port Townsend, WA: http://www.porttownsendfoundry.com/thimbles

    R&W Rope, New Bedford, Mass: https://rwrope.com/rigging-sailmaking-tools/

    I believe Port Townsend carries...
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    Re: Craigslist ad of the day

    You can spot the guy's house easy. it's the one with more miles on it than his car and a lot of porcelain bathroom fixtures laying on the front lawn.
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    Re: Matthew Walker Knot Brush

    it may be a brush to some, but I believe it is properly called a "comb hanger." They don't work worth a damn as brushes, or, at least, not for me. You see them pictured in old fancywork books. They...
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    Re: A $20,000 Pedal Boat

    They must have used a split mold to get that tumblehome.
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    I'll certainly add "like a wet deck of cards" to my collection of great similies. Indeed it do.
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    Re: LF Herreshoff DIDDIKAI

    I've heard it said that of all the Sunbrella colors, the royal blue is the most UV resistant and color-fast. The dirt doesn't show up so much on it, either. Don't know how true that is, but so they...
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    Re: Barrier Coating?

    Current conventional wisdom confirms Wizbang's report above. I would add, however, that from a labor and cost perspective, barrier coat is a rather expensive and questionably necessary primer for...
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    Re: 86 year old boatbuilder

    Way to go! What a guy!
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