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mafe

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10-15-2010 05:34 PM

Topic tags/keywords: wood level torpedo level

Hi LJ’s.

I have this beautiful torpedo level – but it’s out of level…

So I managed to dick out the one level that are wrong (vertical).

It seemed to be set in a kind of plaser of Paris! (I thought it was putty that was used, since I seemed to remember the smell).

What am I supposed to set it in?
Are there some tricks?

Hope some one can help me,

Best thoughts,

MaFe

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.


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DaddyZ

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#1 posted 10-15-2010 05:41 PM

How about mounting in Hot melt glue, that way if it ever shows not level again you can get back to it without tearing something up.

Just my thought

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#2 posted 10-15-2010 05:46 PM

Not a bad idea!
But I will still love to get the ‘real’ way…
I was thinking of this epoxy that are like a piece of gum, but then it will be stocked, and I have no room for mistake…
Thank you,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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cranesgonewild

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#3 posted 10-15-2010 05:55 PM

I use this stuff called, “No More Nails”. It’s kind of gummy at first. But after 24 hours, it dries like concrete. So, you better set it up right the first time.

-- I'm a Fungi --

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#4 posted 10-15-2010 06:12 PM

Hey Mads thats a niice little torpedo you have there
I was thinking you maybee cuold use (kit) the danish word for the putty that hold the old windows
then you at least have some days to get it right :-)
and wuoldn´t be out of the timeframe for this old tool

what about the old puttystuff can you desolve it with linsed oil
or is it nessery to use something stronger

Dennis

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#5 posted 10-15-2010 06:20 PM

Cranes, yes, but I’ll like to be able to re do later…
Dennis, you make me laugh! Read the text… It’s excatly what I write, and I just had a confirmation from the boatbuilder, that his boss say the same. So unless I get other and better suggestions I’ll use this.
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#6 posted 10-15-2010 07:21 PM

sorry Mads but I didn´t know what “Plaser of Paris” frase stood for

:-)
Dennis

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#7 posted 10-15-2010 07:36 PM

Hi Dennis now I laugh even more, the internet are fantastic for misunderstandings!
Putty: kit
Plaster of paris: gips
Smiler,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#8 posted 10-15-2010 07:58 PM

there you see one little letter missing or added and the hole world is on the other end ….LOL :—)))

I´m already digging into the old books about this to see if something comes up

I know there are kits on the net we can buy to makes theese topedoes maybee they can have some
old knowledge about it I know there is one in US they have come with with old info before about the
other kits they have sold

I laugh with you :-)
Dennis

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mafe

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#9 posted 10-15-2010 10:02 PM

Now it’s done, window putty.
It’s not easy, and the big level, are not all perfect so no matter how much I adjust it, a little of when I turn the level 180.
Thank you,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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Bricofleur

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#10 posted 10-16-2010 12:28 AM

Hey Mads,

This is a great idea to save this nice old torpedo level.

My idea: What about using jack screws from under (think jointer). 1) Set the screws in 2) Lay down the level on the screws 3) Make sure it is level 4) I would fill the void with transparent silicone (removable) at both ends 5) Let dry overnight 6) Then cap it with the cover plate.

Does it makes sense to you?

Best,

Serge

-- Learn from yesterday, work today and enjoy success tomorrow. -- http://atelierdubricoleur.wordpress.com

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mafe

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#11 posted 10-16-2010 01:21 AM

Not a bad idea also Serge.
Then it could be adjustet when needed, but I will not make holes in it, I’m a vintage Architect…
Best thoughts my friend,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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