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  1. #11
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    AJ,

    Please post a notice when your next book comes out. I've got a copy of the first one sitting here beside me. I just got a new saw and "jawhorse" and am looking forward to a project.
    Mint Julep

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    A Dead Whale or A Stove Boat!

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    Default Rivets

    That's exactly where I did find them. I think they were referenced in the article. Funny thing when I ordered them the lady said to me now she knew why she was selling so many of that type rivets all of a sudden.

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    Default Bread box stencils

    I've seen them at hobby lobby. I guess it depends on what font type you're looking for.

    Rickm

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    OldGuard13...

    I don't know of anyone out there selling finished stencils for hardtack crates; you'll need to print them out and cut them yourself. I can give you the images (if I can figure out how to attach them here, that is).

    Here's one for Robert Stears, which I copied from an example in Echoes of Glory:



    For the Stears stencil, use an enlarging copier or scan this stencil to create a printout of working size. Regardless of the overall size of the stencil itself, the text portion should measure approximately 13" high by 17".

    Here's one for A.T. Hanks. This one I copied from a crate in a museum in Hartford, Conn.



    The Hanks stencil is smaller. For it, use an enlarging copier or scan this stencil to create a printout of working size. Regardless of the overall size of the stencil itself, the text portion should measure approximately 8-1/2" high by 13".

    For both stencils, print them out on the heaviest paper you have, then use a SHARP utility knife to carefully and slowly cut out the letters. Yeah, it's a pain.

    Hope this helps. (And I hope I uploaded the images correctly. I'm sure I'll hear about it if I didn't. )

    A.J.

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    The stencils came through great. I bet it will take a while to cut them. That would be a good thing to get cut on a Laser cutter especially if you ere going to make several of them.

    Rickm

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    I actually got a batch of the Hanks stencils made up and was selling them a while back. A couple of them are still available. You can see them here: http://cdvalbum.shutterfly.com/pictures/68.

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    Default stencils

    How much are you selling the stencils for?

    Rickm

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    Aj, I am also awaiting the release of your new book. I am also in search of plans/information to make a mess chest. Do you have an idea of where I could start looking.
    Tyler Underwood
    Pawleys Island, #409 AFM
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    Hi, Rufus...

    Not sure what you mean by "mess chest." You mean something like a camp chest? Or like for cooking gear?

    A.J.

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    For cooking gear. There is an orginal on page 214 of EoG, Arms and Equipment of the Confederacy.
    Tyler Underwood
    Pawleys Island, #409 AFM
    Governor Guards
    SCAR, WIG
    www.scareenactors.com
    www.westernindependentgrays.org
    www.governorguards.com

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