Tool Review: Tabiger 60W Soldering Iron Kit

In today’s Tool Review, I will be reviewing the Tabiger 60W Soldering Iron Kit. The kit includes all you need to get started soldering, including an extremely durable tip assembly, which is advertised to never melt the plastic holder. The iron itself is variable temp from 200 to 450 degrees Celcius. The kit includes everything in the following picture, including a desoldering pump, different sized tips, wire strippers, tweezers, a sample of soldering wire, a very durable stand, and a leather carrying case.

Tabiger Soldering Iron Kit 15-in-1, 60W with Adjustable Temperature

Overall this soldering iron kit is a great addition to any workbench. I have used it for over 3 hours with no complaints. It sells online in the $18 range.

Interlake Steamship to build new self-unloader at Sturgeon Bay

On April 9, 2019, Interlake Steamship announced that it is in the process of building a new self-unloading vessel. The River-class vessel will be 639 feet long, 78 feet wide, with a depth of 45 feet. She will have a capacity of 28,000 tons. The ship, which at this time does not have a namesake, will be built at Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. This will mark the first new US owned ship on the Great Lakes in over 35 years.

She will also have all of the modern amenities- such as exhaust gas scrubbers and high-efficiency diesel engines- that Interlake is currently adding to their older ships. She is expected to be completed by mid-2022.

As the date of completion nears, I am hoping to acquire some drawings and photos, so I can assemble a model for myself.

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North Shore Models winter hiatus

Due to my busyness during the winter months between January and the end of March (Basketball and calving), custom work and posts on this site may become sporadic or even nonexistent until the beginning of April. I will still try to post news stories as I see them. However, the one week I do not check the news, I missed covering the M/V St. Clair fire. Coverage of this can be found at or
I apologize for not posting anything recently, and I hope everyone understands.


Superior WI Grain Elevator Fire Causes $10M in Damages

On Monday, December 17, the historic Globe Elevator was destroyed by a massive fire. The elevator was being dismantled for its timbers. The fire was reportedly started by a salvage machine.

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“This is a large wooden structure so it’s going to burn for a while,” Mayor Jim Paine said in a statement on Facebook. “The wood is untreated, old growth timber, not much different than what you would throw in a fireplace. Superior Fire (Department) is on the scene, there are no injuries, and we don’t expect much damage beyond the structure itself.”

Just short of a half-million dollar’s worth of lumber was destroyed, along with $9.5 million in salvaging equipment, with only a Bobcat saved.

A Time-Lapse Video of the first hour of the blaze can be found at, or on Dennis O’Hara’s (Owner of the Duluth Harbor Cams) YouTube Channel.

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Winter Projects and a new Logo

Thanksgiving brought the start of my winter agenda. Before Easter, I hope to get the deck handrails soldered and the hatch combings built. Here is a sample of handrails I made last Thursday. This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is 1542924755983345044425773851949.jpgThe cables are 24 gauge brass. The stanchions are simulated using 18 gauge brass. The brass is from Artistic Wire, and I formed straight rods using my power drill and a bench vise. This makes perfectly straight rods that ‘don’t break the bank’, (I will elaborate on this in a later post). I use a chisel tip in my soldering iron, and set it to 300^C. The new North Shore Models logo is in the background. I found the silhouette on, copied it into MS Word, and typed over it. As a reminder, if anyone wants to see more pictures of any of my projects, or offer suggestions on future projects just leave a comment and I will post them as soon as I have time available. 

Tool Review: MicroLux Miniture Table Saw


I received this saw as a gift, and I could not be more impressed. The kit includes a miter gauge, a high quality fence, and a 2 inch, 80-tooth blade. The fence self levels for easy adjusting. The miter gauge is easy to and is accurate. The 80-tooth blade can be swapped for a finer tooth blade for cutting brass.20181111_072432

The saw blade is mounted just high enough to cut through 1/4 inch square dowels. If you are going to cut anything thicker or longer, I would suggest to upgrade to the 4-inch model.

The Micro-Lux Mini table Saw also has a built in dust compartment. This eliminates saw dust mess on your workbench. I have used this feature multiple times without emptying it. However, it also comes with an attachment to fit it to any vacuum cleaner.20181111_072446

Overall this is a high quality investment for any workbench. It sells for $180 on Amazon or $210 on the Micro-Mark website.