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rgfixit

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Re: Rod building
« Reply #15 on: Dec 22, 2020, 02:59 PM »
My rod building days are long gone. But....I’m venturing into the world of hand made fishing floats. It seems  a cross between fly tying and rod building. I built a lot of rods. Some sold, some gifted and a lot for myself. I’ve restored many bamboo and vintage glass rods. My fly tying bench sees a lot of activity spring and summer. In the cold dark days, I retreat to my basement wood shop.

Marrying the two , I’ve built all the necessary fixturing to make, of all things, traditional bobbers.
The hand operated lathe

The slow motion dipping machine

The revolving drier.


There’s a learning curve to finishing these little bobbers. I’m working on it. I really like the idea of feather inlays. So, I’ve dipped into my mountain of fly tying feathers to play with the concept.
Here’s a practice piece.

Time and many rejects may just yield a few pretty bobbers.

Rg
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Re: Rod building
« Reply #16 on: Dec 22, 2020, 08:37 PM »
Just finished a little rework and touch up on the rod.  I’m not as good as Jeff building these and make mistakes.  However, almost anything can be corrected.
I think this rod will end up being a good all around light duty rod.  I coupled it with an inexpensive off brand 2000 spinning reel.
Tomorrow night I’ll snap and post a few pics.

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Re: Rod building
« Reply #17 on: Dec 23, 2020, 10:26 AM »
My rod building days are long gone. But....I’m venturing into the world of hand made fishing floats. It seems  a cross between fly tying and rod building. I built a lot of rods. Some sold, some gifted and a lot for myself. I’ve restored many bamboo and vintage glass rods. My fly tying bench sees a lot of activity spring and summer. In the cold dark days, I retreat to my basement wood shop.

Marrying the two , I’ve built all the necessary fixturing to make, of all things, traditional bobbers.
The hand operated lathe

The slow motion dipping machine

The revolving drier.


There’s a learning curve to finishing these little bobbers. I’m working on it. I really like the idea of feather inlays. So, I’ve dipped into my mountain of fly tying feathers to play with the concept.
Here’s a practice piece.

Time and many rejects may just yield a few pretty bobbers.

Rg

Nice, that's a nice looking float.

rgfixit

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Re: Rod building
« Reply #18 on: Dec 23, 2020, 04:56 PM »
It’s getting there. Did some more this afternoon. Took me several years before I produced a rod I was really pleased with. This feels the same.

But, I’ll get there.

Rg
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Re: Rod building
« Reply #19 on: Jan 12, 2021, 06:56 PM »
Hey Bob
This is “rod building”.
Not “float building”.
 ;)

Here’s what I’m currently working on
A one pc 6’ light spinning rod.
It was a close out kit and only $19’plus shipping.
I added 2 more eyes to the kit and a dropshot style hook stay and nice winding check on the fore grip.
Might have $30 in it total.
Should be a killer all around spinning rod.
Good for perch, panfish, stream trout, but enough backbone for an occasional decent walleye or even large bass.

Not sure if I’ll sell this one.
I gave its sister to Jeff.
Maybe I’ll keep this one for myself.
Dunno.















I got the tiptop on and wrapped, along with the 5 small eyes.
Time for a break.

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Re: Rod building
« Reply #20 on: Jan 13, 2021, 06:03 AM »
Ok...ok....A rod building tip for you. Take your Dremel and grind the leading edge of the eye foot to a curved slope. It’ll make the transition from rod to foot a lot easier and smoother.


Rg
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Re: Rod building
« Reply #21 on: Jan 13, 2021, 10:41 AM »
Ok...ok....A rod building tip for you. Take your Dremel and grind the leading edge of the eye foot to a curved slope. It’ll make the transition from rod to foot a lot easier and smoother.


Rg


ok.......ok........

 :D


I do Bob.
But my grinder took a powder the other day.
Jeff repaired it and was going to bring it back last night but never showed.
So I used a stone in my cordless drill.
It worked but the rpm's really weren't high enough to do a really proper job.
Also, sometimes I like that little hump there to be honest.
It accentuates the wrap and eye area a little more.
Just for something different.
I then use a paint pen to "doctor" the area so the black rod blank doesn't show thru the epoxy later.
Those eyes were ground, but so was my thumb because of the way I was doing it.

BTW, no Dremel tool.
It was a casualty long ago never replaced by whichever son caused the casualty.
 ;)

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Re: Rod building
« Reply #22 on: Jan 13, 2021, 05:36 PM »
Go buy a new Dremel tool!

If mine died tomorrow it wouldn’t owe me a thing, and I’d buy one within hours. One of my favorite tools.

Rg
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Re: Rod building
« Reply #23 on: Jan 13, 2021, 07:07 PM »
Go buy a new Dremel tool!

If mine died tomorrow it wouldn’t owe me a thing, and I’d buy one within hours. One of my favorite tools.

Rg

Can’t afford it.

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Re: Rod building
« Reply #24 on: Jan 14, 2021, 02:46 AM »


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Re: Rod building
« Reply #25 on: Jan 14, 2021, 11:24 AM »



 :rotflol: :rotflol: :rotflol:


It took me a minute, but it finally clicked.   ;D

To be honest Bob, I rarely have use for a Dremmel.
And to spend $40-100 on a new one just to grind the feet of rod eyes doesn't make sense to me.
Typically, I use my bench grinder.
Not as easy as a Dremmel would be I totally agree, but it works.
I'm just waiting for Jeff to stop by with it since he fixed it for me Monday.

But thanks.

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Re: Rod building
« Reply #26 on: Jan 14, 2021, 11:32 AM »
Harbor freight...less than $20.....just sayin
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Re: Rod building
« Reply #27 on: Jan 14, 2021, 12:00 PM »
Harbor freight...less than $20.....just sayin

Ahhh.
So not a Dremmel.
A Dremmel wannabe

I have owned 3 like that.
They don't last.
But maybe for this might be ok.

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Re: Rod building
« Reply #28 on: Jan 14, 2021, 02:04 PM »
For as much as you use it.......

I have a really basic Dremel that’s ...well.....old. A few years back the nose bearing was going bad. I called the company and they sent me 2 new bearings no charge. I learned to use a Dremel during my days as a gunsmith apprentice. We used them for many different repairs and alterations.

I’d have a hard time not having one on my bench.

Rg
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Re: Rod building
« Reply #29 on: Jan 14, 2021, 04:06 PM »

 I haves 3” bench grinder with a wand , pretty handy tool I use it for making spoons 
 

 



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