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Project by Woodbutchery posted 11-04-2018 03:53 AM 336 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A while back I posted a picture of a temporary stand I threw together while working on the case that will eventually keep the model dust free ( the first time I “dusted” the model with a can of air, I was surprised at how much dust had settled on the rigging. I mean. It’s thread, right?! ).

Well, I’ve finished the frame for the case. I have the top, some lighting, and the acrylic to put into place, but to make room in my workshop, I decided to mount the model in the case frame.

The picture with the frame disassembled shows the two side frames, the top end joining pieces, and the base. For the side frame I used glue and dowels for strength, and the top member of each frame is held together with 1 5/8” screws. The same is true with the top pieces that join the frame together. I built the frames so that they could be disassembled in case there were any repairs, as well as making it easy to slide the acrylic panels in once I get those cut to size.

The frames screw into the base, and a screw at each end secures the top members in place.

I cut strips of wood and secured them to the base in staggered levels to mirror the detail that can be seen if you get REAL close to the deck. On most wood-framed ships, the deck timbers helped to tie the frames together and added rigidity to the frame.

The last picture is a detail of the top corners. These pieces will be covered by the top when it’s in place.

I plan on making other ship models and will most likely need other cases, so any tips for the next iteration are welcome. Thanks for looking.

-- Making scrap with zen-like precision - Woodbutchery





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lew

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#1 posted 11-04-2018 04:47 AM

Super case!

Wish I had made these for my tall ships. Sadly they are too far gone to save.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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Woodbutchery

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#2 posted 11-04-2018 02:20 PM

Thanks, lew!

Out of curiosity, what about the tall ship models you have makes them too far gone. If the answer is “I got rid of them”, well … can’t help with that. But dusting can be done with a “can o’ air”, and repair and re-rigging aren’t nearly as difficult as I once thought they would be.

-- Making scrap with zen-like precision - Woodbutchery

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Northwest29

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#3 posted 11-04-2018 07:13 PM

Wow, very, very nicely done! A 10 for sure.

-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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Northwest29

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#4 posted 11-04-2018 07:14 PM



Wow, very, very nicely done! Are you planning on lighting in the top? A 10 for sure.

- Northwest29


-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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matt garcia

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#5 posted 11-04-2018 11:17 PM

Looks great!! Nice job!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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lew

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#6 posted 11-04-2018 11:41 PM



Thanks, lew!

Out of curiosity, what about the tall ship models you have makes them too far gone. If the answer is “I got rid of them”, well … can t help with that. But dusting can be done with a “can o air”, and repair and re-rigging aren t nearly as difficult as I once thought they would be.

- Woodbutchery


I have a Cutty Sark I built in 1962 and surprisingly it is in the best shape. A Thermopaylae, a year later. During the Nixon trials I built Old Ironsides. Unfortunately that one has suffered the most damage. At this point it would probably be easier to start over, if my hands didn’t shake too much ;^)

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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Dakkar

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#7 posted 11-05-2018 12:25 AM

Nice one. The ship deck style planking at the bottom is a cool touch. I like to build models, too, but they take up space, are fragile and catch dust a lot. Unless you’ve got a lot of display space, I’d suggest you consider the collection rotation system for future builds (as I do). I keep most of them boxed in storage and bring some models out for a few months or a year, then rotate other models up in their place.

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Woodbutchery

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#8 posted 11-05-2018 04:01 AM

Thanks, everyone, for the comments and compliments.

Lew, sounds like it would be a chore. If I were closer, I’d offer to come over and help with restoration if you wanted to do that.

Appreciate the comments about the deck planking, Dakkar. If I ever get to that situation (too many ships, not enough display space), I will keep your storage/display rotation in mind.

NW29, a top and lighting is planned. two lights on the bottom corners aimed at the hull, another two at least in the top (next step in the build) shining down to the decks. Glad you like it!

-- Making scrap with zen-like precision - Woodbutchery

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