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Old 11-22-2008, 12:52 AM
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You've been sitting here without an answer for a bit so I'll take a shot at it. I think the issue is that most folks who use treenails (truthfully, I'm not one) make them themselves. They're made by drawing (pulling) slivers of wood, toothpicks or bamboo through a hole in a metal plate (draw plate technically but any plate with fine holes should work).

Someone most likely sells wood for treenails but I've never seen it available. On the other hand many suppliers sell draw plates.

Most tree nails appear to be oversized (out of scale). I've also seen very good results making simulated treenails, for example small holes filled with dark putty. Take a look at Chuck's Mayflower project on these pages.

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You can always use fondue sticks - they come in a variety of sizes and lengths and are usually found in your local supermarket . I , like most modern builders lean towards the wood putty method , or not at all . Most wooden decks I have stood on have been "holly stoned" to the point where the tree nails are almost not visible , unless you look for them . Installing actual "treenails" on a scale model ship is a matter of choice .

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When I did mine for Agamemnon I used a treenail cutter on my lathe. I could cut a yard of treenail in just a few minutes. Pearwood for the hull worked fine, so did maple for the deck, but the brittle ebony for the whales was very very difficult. I got the cutters from an advert in Ships in Scale at http://www.seaways.com/ 
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