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cutting rod butt
Posted by: darrel odland (---)
Date: August 30, 2018 09:50AM

Hay Gang, Need some help on best way to trim off about 1 inch from the butt of latest build.. I miss measured the size of the butt cap and need to shorten it by about an inch. I have considered using a grinder with very thin grinding wheel. Or a hacksaw, Any help/advise would be welcomed
" BENT RODS TO YA"
Darrel

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Re: cutting rod butt
Posted by: John Cates (---)
Date: August 30, 2018 09:54AM

Power chop saw with a fine 60+ tooth blade.

Band saw.

Be careful and good luck.

Flex Coat Company
Professional Rod Building Supplies
www.flexcoat.com

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Re: cutting rod butt
Posted by: Paul Darby (---)
Date: August 30, 2018 10:17AM

If your cutting thru the grip, hack saw is fine. If your cutting thru a bear blank then a couple turns pf masking tape is recommended and just cut right thru the tape.

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Re: cutting rod butt
Posted by: chris adams (---.se.biz.rr.com)
Date: August 30, 2018 10:33AM

All above will work but I will say the best $40 I ever spent was a Dremel tool. I use it for guide feet, cutting blanks, and many other uses.

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Re: cutting rod butt
Posted by: roger wilson (---)
Date: August 30, 2018 11:03AM

Darrel,
This is a chop saw that I modified a bit, to just to perpendicular chopping with a 3 inch abrasive wheel.
I removed the saw from its base, removed all of the trappings of the adjustable base as well as the numbers scribed on the base.
Then, I took a piece of thin aluminum angle stock to use as a back stop for chopping. Finally, I drilled and tapped holes into the mounting plate to mount the angle stock.
The last thing that I did was to remove the saw blade from the saw and replace it with a 3 inch abrasive disk. Then, I made one cut through the angle stock with the disk and I had a perfect fitting backstop for chopping.
Over the years, I have chopped rod blanks, grips, steel bolts, brass tubes, aluminum etc.

[www.rodbuilding.org]

A new current example of the saw as it comes from Harbor Freight:
[www.harborfreight.com]

[www.harborfreight.com]

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Or if you want a more portable and universal tool, here is a heavy duty die grinder that will accept the 3 inch wheels and will do quick work of any chopping as well:

[www.harborfreight.com]

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Re: cutting rod butt
Posted by: Sandy Harris (---.dyn6.twc.com)
Date: August 30, 2018 11:08AM

I'm with Chris....Dremel due to it being so versatile.........but Roger's chop saw assures a more controlled cut

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Re: cutting rod butt
Posted by: Drew Pollock (---.218-62-69.ftth.swbr.surewest.net)
Date: August 30, 2018 11:24AM

Another Dremel vote here.

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Re: cutting rod butt
Posted by: William Minard (---.client.mchsi.com)
Date: August 30, 2018 01:47PM

Dremel best option imho but if you don't have one and don't want to buy one there is another option off the wall. If you have a archery shop close buy ask them to use their high speed arrow saw to cut it. Should not cost much if any thing at all, works great like a Dremel.

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Re: cutting rod butt
Posted by: Phil Ewanicki (---.res.spectrum.com)
Date: August 30, 2018 04:39PM

Great tip!

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Re: cutting rod butt
Posted by: Paul Wray (---)
Date: August 30, 2018 05:07PM

I've used a Drexel and then started using my angle grinder, with a 4.5 "cut off wheel. Works fine, just have that wheel a humming. This is for rod blanks.

For Eva foam handles, I use a 12" chop saw. It does a really nice job, imo



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 08/30/2018 05:49PM by Paul Wray.

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Re: cutting rod butt
Posted by: Thomas Kaufmann (---.mobile.att.net)
Date: August 30, 2018 08:25PM

I use my old ryobi 10” mitre saw. I always tape to prevent splintering

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Re: cutting rod butt
Posted by: Lynn Behler (---.97.252.156.res-cmts.leh.ptd.net)
Date: August 30, 2018 08:31PM

Well Roger , you finally sold me a Harbor Freight chop saw with extra 3" abrasive wheels. Ordered it today!

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Re: cutting rod butt
Posted by: roger wilson (---)
Date: August 30, 2018 10:08PM

Darrel,
This was one of my first blank cutting saws that I made:

[www.rodbuilding.org]

I found a $20 8 inch miter saw at a pawn shop.
I removed the guides and made a new cutting surface out of channel steel. I wanted to raise the cutting surface because when using an abrasive cut off wheel, the wheel wears down and a miter saw will only go down so far. This would stop from getting all of the available use out of a large abrasive cut off wheel.

Then, I used a piece of aluminum channel for a back stop for cutting. After getting the steel channel bolted down and the aluminum backing bolted down, one cut with the new abrasive cut off wheel cut a nice tight fitting slot for the wheel.

For this saw, I use .060 inch Norton Tool cutoff wheels. They used to be less expensive, but now they are about $20 per wheel. But one wheel lasts a very long time. I have cut literally everything with this saw.

I also added a used $1 light with a halogen bulb from the thrift store to brighten things up.

I ended up selling that one and made another one out of a new 8 inch miter saw that was given to me for Christmas one year. Same design, same principle and I use the same cutting wheel.

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Re: cutting rod butt
Posted by: Lance Schreckenbach (---)
Date: August 31, 2018 02:35PM

Roger,
You don't mess around, you straight up have the right tools for the right job. Props.
Lance

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Re: cutting rod butt
Posted by: roger wilson (---)
Date: August 31, 2018 07:11PM

Lance,
Indeed.
As you may have guessed from my posts, I am not a believer in a leatherman tool.

If I need a screwdriver, I want a screwdriver.
If I need an end wrench, I want an end wrench.

I don't do well with multi purpose tools which do a lot of jobs but none of them particularly well.

Besides, it is always fun to make a better gidget!!

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Re: cutting rod butt
Posted by: darrel odland (---)
Date: September 02, 2018 03:17PM

Thanks, Everybody who responded!!
"Bent Rods to ya"
Darrel

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Re: cutting rod butt
Posted by: Capt. Craig Freeman (---.hampton.k12.va.us)
Date: September 04, 2018 08:41AM

Dremel, but a 4 inch cut off wheel works wonder as well.

Capt. Craig Freeman
Grading Scales Sportfishing and Back River Rods

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