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Shaping EVA on blank
Posted by: Jon Meyers (---.hfc.comcastbusiness.net)
Date: September 12, 2018 02:10PM

Hey Everyone,
I recently built a musky rod with an EVA handle.
I love the rod, but what I thought was a nice size handle just happens to be to big of girth. I'd like to sand it down a bit but not sure of the easiest way to do it.
My original thought is just to do it by hand with the turning lathe, but this would be a slow process. I could try to put it in my rod turner but I wouldn't be able to get the butt of the grip then....

Just wondering what any of you have done in the past.

Thank you,
Jon

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Re: Shaping EVA on blank
Posted by: Lance Schreckenbach (---.hfc.comcastbusiness.net)
Date: September 12, 2018 03:50PM

I would just put it on my rod wrapper, turn the RPM up and take some off. Make sure you put masking tape at the ends of the handle where the reel seat or the blank may get scratched.

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Re: Shaping EVA on blank
Posted by: roger wilson (---)
Date: September 13, 2018 10:45AM

Jon,
May I ask where you are located?

I have obtained a heavy duty DC variable speed motor to take care of this job.

I bolt it down to my rod wrapper and turn it at the speed where the rod is still stable - not jumping around due to the imbalance of the guides and shape the grip as needed.

If you happen to be in the Minneapolis MN area, I would be more than happy if you wanted to stop by and turn your grip.

Take care

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Re: Shaping EVA on blank
Posted by: Jon Meyers (---.hfc.comcastbusiness.net)
Date: September 13, 2018 01:42PM

Hey Roger!
I've actually been out your way in the past... you helped me bore a hole in my already finished wooden handle!
I'm in the Minnetonka area, are you around this weekend by chance?

The rod is 9' long. will that be to long for your lathe?



Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 09/13/2018 01:48PM by Jon Meyers.

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Re: Shaping EVA on blank
Posted by: roger wilson (---)
Date: September 13, 2018 05:24PM

Jon,
Drop me an e-mail and we will get together.

hflier@comcast.net


No problem with the length.

Roger

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Re: Shaping EVA on blank
Posted by: Jon Meyers (---)
Date: September 16, 2018 10:12AM

Big thank you to my buddy Roger for helping me with this project.

The man has all the answers!

Jon Meyers
Loon State

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Re: Shaping EVA on blank
Posted by: roger wilson (---)
Date: September 16, 2018 07:01PM

Jon,
You are welcome. I enjoyed the day.

The 1/2 hp variable speed DC motor does an excellent job to spin your big rod for grip shaping.

Be safe

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