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After years of building ships, SIB's and other things,  I have come to really appreciate certain tools. Sandpaper, Dremel type rotary tools,  carving gouges etc.  But as I get along in years, the one tool that I appreciate more than any other is my magnifying glasses.  These are this ones I use.  

 

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What is your favorite (or can't live without) tool to have in the shop?

 

Gwyl

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The internet. Research is a very important part of our work (to me it's the most important part). A lot of ship bottlers shoot themselves in the foot with only superficial research. I remember what research was like in the pre-internet days 40 years ago. In a year of letter writing, arranging inter-library loans, visiting nearby University libraries, etc. it was next to impossible to find the information that can be collected in an afternoon on the web.

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Sandpaper is my favourite tool. I spend a lot of time sanding to achieve the exact shape I want. I never throw sandpaper away. When it is worn down to nothing it can be used to burnish paintwork and varnishing before the final coat. 

That is a good tip.

 

Gwyl

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