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I am new to wood turning and as green as they come...LOL I have been building wooden model ships; modern warships and ships of sail.

I took an interest in wood turning and decided to try my hand at it with a goal to learn how to taper ship mast's and other turning for my ship modeling hobby and whatever else might come along. I have invested minimally until I learn the basics, as such I purchased the Grizzly Hobby Lathe.

I like it so far and for what I intend to do with it I feel it is a good investment. I bought some wood turning tools at Harbor Freight and I have been practice turning trying to get a feel for the tools and the lathe.

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Permission to come aboard granted. Aye Aye Captain,
Welcome to the forum. You'll have to post some pics of the boats you built or are building. Be fun to see,
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Welcome Don! If you find yourself sharpening those HF lathe chisels too often, look for some High speed steel chisels on Craigslist.
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Persimmon granted. I mean permission granted. We've been talking about Persimmon trees a lot lately.

It's a wonder I didn't say Eucalyptus granted.

Don't worry there some on the forum here who don't have a sense of humor, so they help balance out us class clowns.

Show us a ship when you get one built, and welcome aboard.
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Thanks everyone for that hearty welcome. Here are two ships, one I have completed the USS Zellars and the other is work in progress, USS Enterprise. I have only been model ship building for a couple years so I don't have very many in my repertoire.

I need to make the main mast for my Enterprise and they need to be tapered out of 5/16 dowel stock. Tapered from 5/16 to 1/4 over 14.5 inches. Since I am very new to turning what is the best way to approach something like this?




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Don,
You could probably do that cut with a piece of sandpaper taped or glued to a flat stick. The only thing is the dowel will want to flex if you push on it much. So when you run the sanding stick against it, use one hand to support the dowel while it is spinning, and hold the sanding stick with the other. Keep the sanding stick moving and take a few light passes and you should be there. Beautiful job on the ship models.
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Nice looking work Don, welcome.

Where do you find reference for building those ships?
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Don,

Those are very nice. I mean cool. But I have to tell you, I believe very strongly I could do just as well. Not on all of it, but on the parts shown below I think I could do it just as well on my very first attempt.........

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On a more serious note, why did you pick the Zellars, were you ever stationed aboard her?
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The best source for plans on modern warships is The Floating Drydock This is where I found plans for making the Zellars. My brother Ralph served on the Zellars from 61-63 and I built the model for him. You can check out my web site in my signature and see progress photos of the build. The Enterprise is a kit by Constructo. If you are interested in model ships check out Model-expo, they are a great reference and source for ships of sail. If you would like to see some other great looking ship models, check out the Ship Modeling Forum.

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Hey Don! Welcome! Cool ships! I spent 5 years in the Navy, and was ships company on the USS Nassau, USS Saipan, and the USS Carl Vinson. I'm impressed with your work. Best of luck with your endeavors!
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