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PostPosted: Fri Jul 24, 2009 8:15 pm  Reply with quote
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I saw this topic tonight and am happy to see it as I'm all set to start my first ditty bag this weekend (time permitting)..

I've Louis Bartos' "Making a Sailor's Traditional Ditty Bag and Sea Bag" which is providing the pattern and approach...

Looks to be a fun project.

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 24, 2009 9:20 pm Reply with quote
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Hey Shamr0ck. Looking forward to seeing your pics. I'm sure you'll do great!

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 27, 2009 8:01 am Reply with quote
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Well ~ it has taken me more than a month to get time set aside, gather the needed tools and acceptable material but I've assembled the ditty bag in the pictures below..

NOTE:  this is my INAUGURAL attempt and while some things went well, some things could be better

I did have fun doing this and have Louie Bartos of Mariner Sails to thank for all of his help.  I used his book and pattern which can be found here:

http://marinersails.alaskamade.com/


 I am NO EXPERT, but am posting these so others can see that what may have been previously believed un-attainable is very doable

Material used:  10 oz Cotton Duck purchased at JoAnn Fabrics
#17 Sail Needle (9 stitches/ needle length)
3 ply sail twine

I need to make the grommets and install them along with crafting the handle but have a congested day today so it will likely wait until the weekend.

It has been a long time since I have sewed ANYTHING, so while these aren't perfect, they also aren't bad for a first attempt ~ If I can do it, with a little care and effort so should you be able to....








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PostPosted: Thu Aug 27, 2009 10:49 pm Reply with quote
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Very nice Brian. Looking forward to seeing the finished project. It's looking great so far!!!


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 23, 2009 8:01 pm Reply with quote
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One of the things which vexed me during my first bag was my bench hook.  Apparently, all bench hooks available these days (at least the ones I could find) while they have a point to them, it isn't the optimal shape to really hold the canvas ~ so, you need to reshape the point some.

In retrospect, it may have been easier to simply take a file and use it to create a sharper point and broader shoulder (think trumpet shape) than what I did, but thought I'd share this link as it details a method to improving your bench hook.

http://www.duckworksmagazine.com/07/howto/hook/index.htm

If you choose to modify your hook via the instructions on the link, please be careful and follow all prudent safety precautions.

I wasn't able to get the soldering step to work ~ not sure why, but I have a friend who works in a machine shop and his welder friends, I'm sure will be able to finish the job I got started today....

Cheers!

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 15, 2009 7:14 am Reply with quote
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I "FINALLY" got my bench hook back.

Our issue apparently was the solder.  We tried both Lead based and Lead free solder, and the fellow we took the hook to used Silver Solder.

Personally, I've never soldered previously and can't explain why one worked and the other didn't, but share this info to save you a potential hassle.

I also picked up another hook and will shape that point using a dremel tool and grinding bit.  I'll shape the point from a cone to the shape of a trumpet bell.  Same idea, very fine point but ending in a shoulder so the canvas doesn't rip (or have a large hole roved through).




Now to get some canvas, cut a pattern and start my next bag.

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Lead/Lead Free vs. real "Silver Solder"
PostPosted: Tue Mar 01, 2011 9:22 pm Reply with quote
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Silver solder has real silver in it and is pricey! It is worked with a torch not an iron and as you learned has a much higher strength than the solder used for plumbing, electronics, etc. It is what jewelers use to set stones etc.

1 Troy Oz. 1/16" Dia. 5.4 ft.  $45.88

http://www.mcmaster.com/#silver-solder/=b91nz9


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