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    Re: How to identify my boat

    welcome to the forum, K.
    I've had two Thompson's over the years and they are definitely fun projects and a labor of love.
    what kind of motor are you going with ?
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    Re: Cotton Cord - knot tying

    thanks to all for the very informative suggestions - fair winds to all.
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    Re: Cotton Cord - knot tying

    thanks Rick - I have admired his work but I forgot his name - thanks.
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    Re: Cotton Cord - knot tying

    I thought for sure there would be old former Navy guys here - and those that dabbled in Nautical Rope Art like in the Days of Yore.
    I have just about exhausted the internet searches. the one that...
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    Re: Cotton Cord - knot tying

    thank Jeff - I'll look into it. (but don't need tarred rope) this is for lanyards that will go around your neck or attached to tools.
    I will call Knot and Rope.com tomorrow and see what they have....
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    Re: Cotton Cord - knot tying

    sorry Dave, no, I think sash cord is like 1/4" diameter.
    what I remember is like a pretty stout 3 or 4 strand cotton cord.
    much like a butcher type string but without the "fuzz". I would watch the...
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    Cotton Cord - knot tying

    having spent 21 years in the US Navy and around so many boats in my lifetime, I have forgotten the "proper" name for the authentic (vintage) cotton cord used in Sailor's Knot Tying. I want to make a...
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    Re: Teak Swim step resoration 1971 Egg Harbor

    excellent job !!
    my coworker had a '71 Egg berthed next to my Chris-Craft and I just fell in love with the boat.
    I have looked for a decent one for years (within my budget) and I guess deep down,...
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    Re: Old school fishing Q

    when/if ever, I hit the lottery big - a repro of the Pilar is at the top of my list !!
    I have been on the Pilar #2 in Islamorada, FL many times and thoroughly enjoy each visit.
    (if you are ever...
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    Re: Anyone recognize this outboard bracket?

    I would hazard a guess that is a generic bracket to hang anything over the side.
    swim ladder, BBQ stove, small outboard, yada yada yada.
    limited only to your imagination and personal needs.

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    Re: wooden deck cleats - question

    thanks again guys. lots of good info here.
    I have forwarded this link to my friend. but, he is near the epicenter
    of the earthquake in Turkey and his neighborhood sustained some structural...
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    Re: wooden deck cleats - question

    thanks guys, excellent information - thanks for sharing your wisdom.
    I will pass the post along to my friend and he can make his own decisions.
    I have made several wood cleats over the years. but...
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    wooden deck cleats - question

    I have a friend in Turkey that is building a sailboat. fiberglass hull with as much wood
    that he can get into it for the rest of the boat.
    we are members of a WoodWorking forum and the question...
  14. Re: Vintage prototype Thompson jet boat what do I have please help ?

    I have had 4 pre-1970 Thompsons and never heard of a jet drive.
    you may have a prototype that never made it out of the test barn.
    keep doing your research - you may have something pretty valuable....
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    Re: Chris Craft model listings?

    I bought some used CC parts from a company "up North" years ago that is
    dedicated to restoring and selling the vintage CC boats. (I forget their name).
    I would google Chris Craft Restoration...
  16. Re: Anyone have experience building with HDO?

    my experience with HDO and MDO plywood for making signs
    is that there is minimal flex when it comes to bending and twisting.
    it has a thick kraft brown paper laminated to each side which further ...
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    Re: Ship Carving and Lettering

    Thanks Jay.
    the one on the far left is aluminum and I use it a lot.
    the 4th from the right with the dark handle is my favorite.
    I have given a lot of them away as gifts or in tool swaps on other...
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    Re: Ship Carving and Lettering

    Jay, I don't do as much carving as I used to. but, after seeing your metal head
    mallets a couple of years ago, I got the "Lathe Bug" to make a few.
    they come in handy for a multitude of projects...
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    Re: Regular carpet on trailer bunks?

    Ben, the residential type carpet on this trailer is well over 10 years old on P/T pine boards
    and is still holding up well. it lives outside permanently.
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    Re: Ski deck 1977 nautique

    being in contact with the O/P from another forum,
    I suggested he come here for further assistance.
    he is replacing the teak swim platform on a recreational ski boat.
    such as this. . . . .
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  21. Re: First Restauration - would like some advices!

    nice boat for your first project.
    be EXTREMELY careful with the windshield. it can be very expensive
    to replace it if it gets a bad scratch or broken.
    best of everything in your new adventure.
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    Re: Small E-boat for my kid

    wow simply an awesome project !! and the kids seem to love it.


    I had a hard time trying to find out who was the adult and who were the kids.

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    Re: Help identifying a Chris Craft

    send some photos to these people.
    you may find some parts you need also.
    PHOTOS will always get you the most accurate information.
    http://www.classicboatconnection.com/index.html
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    Re: New tool...

    my father had one exactly like it ........
    he used it to run power and phone lines in our house he was building back in 1963.
    (this was back in the day when "cordless tools" were pretty popular)....
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    Re: Anti-Freeze

    use Lumber-Seal for your trailer (or any off-the-shelf wood fence/deck preservative)
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    if you use pressure treated YellaWood SYP for your trailer, there is no need to put anything on it.


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    Re: Anti-Freeze

    I know a lot of folks up there in Hilliard . . . and my daughter lives there also.
    so I can understand the question:
    keep the Anti-Freeze in your radiator where it belongs and what it was designed...
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    Re: Shipwright's Caulking Mallet

    Thanks for all the replies !! and double thanks Greg for taking the time to document your project.
    all the notes and suggestions will be very helpful.
    as noted, this is just for a wall hanger...
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    Re: Woodworking Show of Texas

    NavyDog - you have a point - but still fun to attend something different with the family.

    I am a retired sign maker and the first "sign shows" of the '80s were
    tailored towards the "Old School"...
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    Re: Woodworking Show of Texas

    I remember my very first woodworking show.
    1985, Jacksonville Florida, Norm Abram was the "Host Craftsman"
    and the next year, his sidekicks, Steve Thomas and Tom Silva also shared their wisdom.
    it...
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    Shipwright's Caulking Mallet

    I finally dug my old wood lathe out of storage and would like to turn
    some generic wood tools. is there a "common size" of the caulking mallet ?
    I do not have any books on hand that I can refer to...
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    Re: Interlux Schooner problems

    if you have access to a welder that uses 100% argon, it is worth the effort
    to get a squirt of gas under the lid before sealing it for long term storage.
    argon is heavier than oxygen thus...
  32. Re: Can anyone here translate written Chinese into English?

    Norm, regretfully, my wife said that if she tries to give you the English version,
    your boat will not only sail sideways, the pilot house would be upside down, the hull
    would have windows along the...
  33. Re: Can anyone here translate written Chinese into English?

    Norm - my wife is Chinese and is fluent in Mandarin.
    please email me a copy of the instructions and she will take a look at it.
    problem is - her English isn't too good - but her Chinese is...
  34. Re: waterproof glue or west epoxy - cutting board project

    IMHO, using liquid wood glue or epoxy is a personal choice.
    the proper cleaning, care and storage is of equal or more importance than fabrication.
    using the specific finish and oil for cutting...
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    Re: Help me choose a router.

    I have the Porter Cable and the Dewalt as my first choice. other models in my drawer consist of
    Black & Decker, Bosch, and Ryobi. My favorite modification is the home made 3/8" clear plexiglass ...
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    Re: Help me choose a router.

    just keep your fingers away from that part that goes round and round !!

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    Re: Simple casting patterns.

    good work indeed !!

    during my 21 year stint in the US Navy, I was stationed aboard 4 Submarine Tenders.
    in my spare time, I hung around the Pattern, Rubber & Plastics, Carpenter and Molding...
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    Re: Ouch! Router mishap--what happened?

    Steve - I recovered from the cut finger within a week or so.

    the facial damage was a little more severe...... 3 days in the ICU and 4 more
    in "elevated care" as I also had a slight concussion....
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    Re: Ouch! Router mishap--what happened?

    This is my router mishap from last year on the finger.
    the photo of me in the ICU hospital bed with tubes and hoses
    coming out of all parts of my body is what happens when a block
    of 2x2x6" cherry...
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    Re: Outboard motor battery info

    Hi Matt -
    I lucked out on an original "Barn Find" 1959 Borum a few years ago and
    it was an awesome boat. It had a '60 40hp Johnson Sea Horse on it
    but never got it in the water before someone...
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    Re: Bug Screen in tank vent

    just for the water tanks only - remove the stainless screen from a
    Universal Water Saver Faucet Aerator ($2.00 at WalMart).
    which is just about a 1/2" dia.
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    Re: Timber framing anyone?

    3905

    I made a jig out of 1/2" MDO plywood for my hand-held wood router. After removing as much material as possible
    with a Forstner Bit, I used a 4" long carbide bit (1/2" shaft) with a top...
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    Re: Curly Maple

    Thanks again, Jay !
    I have used plenty of the aniline dyes in the past but it never crossed my mind
    about the potassium dichromate on wood to convert the natural tannins vs staining artificially....
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    Re: Curly Maple

    wow - that is a beautiful process for wood !! (reminds me of my old B&W photo developing days).

    I am presently doing some turned wood projects on my lathe with an assortment
    of exotic woods - I...
  45. Thread: Curly Maple

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    Re: Curly Maple

    I agree - very beautiful wood !
    whatever you decide to do with it, don't throw the scraps away.
    you can sell the scraps on e-bay to folks that will make pens
    and tool handles.
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    Re: Scarfing 3"-5" X 3/8" planks in place.

    wow - thanks for the video Jackster !!
    although I am not a boat builder or boatwright, it is videos like this
    that I find extremely educational for great woodworking in general.



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    Re: Another problem for the USCG.

    I lived in Key West for 6 years back in the early '70s and enjoyed the powerboat races
    very much. . . . (they were not as fast back then as they are now).
    I also enjoy a slow sail or standing next...
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    Re: Jay I need your advice on lettering

    Sailor - you can use whatever method that is comfortable within your skill set.
    When I first started serious carving, I made a vinyl mask, applied that to the wood,
    and used a "V" carbide bit in a...
  49. Re: Question on gold leaf technique - Calling Jay Greer!

    also I don't see mentioned that a sliced potato can be used to apply the juice
    to the areas around the incised areas - - - the dried starch will prevent the loose
    gold from sticking. then after...
  50. Re: Question on gold leaf technique - Calling Jay Greer!

    for the initial phase of actually getting the gold into the graphics, with "Patent/Surface" gold,
    I use whatever tool it takes to get the gold off the paper and stuck to the size.
    this can be the...
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