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Old Nov 26, 2011, 06:34 AM
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My new Workbench arrived!

Looking better allready.

I also bought all necessary materials for the shelfs above the workbench
where I will place some other models of mine, the lights, power supply and so on.
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Old Nov 26, 2011, 11:57 AM
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just had a crazy thought.....maybe put a large mirror on the wall behind the work table....you could see both sides of the ship and more important, it would give a more spacious feeling, instead of having your face to a wall
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Old Nov 27, 2011, 02:04 AM
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hey, that's a great idea! I should keep that in mind for when I get a shop again. No more looking around for tools hiding behind the ship I'm working on.
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Old Nov 27, 2011, 05:21 AM
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just had a crazy thought.....maybe put a large mirror on the wall behind the work table....you could see both sides of the ship and more important, it would give a more spacious feeling, instead of having your face to a wall
The idea isnt that crazy - except, then I also would see myself all time.
Do you think I really want that?
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Old Nov 27, 2011, 12:30 PM
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well who knows?....you might like that very much ....and....with that ship......you can watch yourself getting old
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Old Nov 27, 2011, 03:11 PM
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i think a model that size needs a workspace thats accessible from both sides. or you`ll go nuts from setting up stable enough to work on just to have to turn it all around to do the other side...

so mount the bed as a fold up on teh wall and make the boatyard in the middle of the room
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Old Nov 28, 2011, 06:13 AM
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i think a model that size needs a workspace thats accessible from both sides. or you`ll go nuts from setting up stable enough to work on just to have to turn it all around to do the other side...

so mount the bed as a fold up on teh wall and make the boatyard in the middle of the room
I actually thought about that, but it wont work in my case.

Anyway - my bed is on wheels by now (the two forward ones with brakes)
and I will have THREE workstations with different heights and lengths this way.

One of them WILL BE accessible from both sides - actually from all four sides -
but this will only be needed for laminating and for very short periods of time.

As Im sleeping very seldom there by now -
I prefer to stay with my girlfriend most of the time -
my appartement becomes more of a workshop than a place to live in.
I just need the bed if I feel the need to sleep alone sometimes.
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Old Nov 28, 2011, 06:17 AM
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well who knows?....you might like that very much ....and....with that ship......you can watch yourself getting old
Actually its the other way round -
in doing what Im doing right now,
I feel like getting younger again!

Seems like Im doing the right thing!
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Old Nov 29, 2011, 11:33 AM
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by the way...i just noticed on yahoo today that it said that vienna is the best place in the world to live.......lucky fella .....
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Old Nov 29, 2011, 11:56 AM
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by the way...i just noticed on yahoo today that it said that vienna is the best place in the world to live.......lucky fella .....
YEP! Definitely not a bad place!

Plus some progress.
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Old Dec 01, 2011, 10:35 AM
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Was it shelfs or shelves?

Some more pics of my progress.

With this new setup I have gained so much space -
I could even build TWO hulls of the intended size -
the second one would still fit on top of the shelfs.

Should keep me busy for the next 3-4 years.

PS: Had to step up on a chair to make the last three pics.
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Old Dec 01, 2011, 12:11 PM
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Meatbomber pointed out that you might need something you can get at from both sides working on a hull that size. I'd like to reenforce his statement. I've been planking a 4 foot Baltimore Clipper hull, and now I'm halfway through a British frigate that's about 5 foot on deck.

If the build-board wasn't mobile - I would have gone much more nuts than I already am.

For your own sanity, your back, and your neighbor's ears - loose the fixed table and park a roll-around work bench in there. You will not regret it.
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Old Dec 01, 2011, 12:25 PM
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Jerry you`re a hull building machine that is some fast progress! That moveable building table is probably the best sollution especially for a small building space.
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Old Dec 02, 2011, 04:15 AM
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I hear you, folks!

Jerry, the 5 ft. frigate - is this the "Macedonia" you mentioned earlier?

What I would like to know - what kind of wood are you using for planking, what diameter have the planks and what kind of glue? Water resistant?
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Old Dec 02, 2011, 08:53 AM
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Alexander the Great is the Macedonian she's named for, who was from Macedonia.

It's built the same way I did the Pride of Baltimore's hull; cheap white pine planks 1/8" x 3/8" on plywood forms that do not stay in the hull, with water resistant glue (Tightbond II). The inner keel is 1/4" plywood. I actually used Tightbond III on Pride, but they were out of it when I went for more. It will get polyester resin inside, and a layer of 3oz glass cloth outside. Details like moldings, wales, etc will be applied to the outside after glassing.
There's more details and pictures, a history of the ship, etc, here.

She's being built on a bit of particleboard taken out of a house I owned a zillion years ago. Constellation was built on it. I put legs and wheels on it 3 years ago when I moved where I am now. Pride was built on it, and now Mac.

After this it will be retired and replaced with a 3' x 6' roll-around workbench with shelves, maybe a drawer or two, my bench vice, and squaring rails.
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