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DIY Rod Support for Dryer?
Posted by: Michael Sutheimer (---.wi.res.rr.com)
Date: July 20, 2020 03:08AM

Looking for some ideas for making some supports for drying rods. I have used the simple v blocks which work. I would prefer to use a roller setup, preferably something with downward pressure as well as support like my wrapper. I can figure something out with trial and error I am sure. Biggest sticking point is sourcing rollers, specifically something that will not mar the blank.

Any advice on a source for rollers and ideas for the supports themselves is appreciated.

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Re: DIY Rod Support for Dryer?
Posted by: Keith Langford (---.health-partners.org)
Date: July 20, 2020 07:56AM

You can buy just the roller supports made by flex coat or Alps, dont really need but 3, 4 is better. I have the alps wrapper system, love their stuff. Check Get Bit Outdoors

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Re: DIY Rod Support for Dryer?
Posted by: roger wilson (---)
Date: July 20, 2020 10:22AM

Michael,
A couple examples of units that I have made over the years:

[www.rodbuilding.org]

These units use a base made from plastic cutting board which needs no finish and is easy to machine. The aluminum is simple bar and flat stock - drilled and tapped as needed. The rollers are nylon rollers that come with their own bearings and plumbing O rings have been placed in the grooved rollers that normally roll in the rails on a bath tub.

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[www.rodbuilding.org]
This unit is a more robust version of the unit shown above and what I have used for many years for building rods. Again, a plastic cutting board base, vertical and horizontal supports made of aluminum that have been drilled and tapped. The current rollers that are not shown in this photo are Patio Door rollers bearings with the addition of a larger O ring in the roller groove to provide a cushion.

I prefer the cantilever design of these rod supports, because it allows my hand to be right beside and even under the rod support if the support happens to be close to a guide. In particular, when wrapping a fine tipped flexible tipped rod, it is very helpful to have the rod support very close to the tip of the rod when you are wrapping the tip.

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Re: DIY Rod Support for Dryer?
Posted by: roger wilson (---)
Date: July 21, 2020 10:14AM

These rollers are a bit smaller at only 1 inch, but they are soft coated and the price is right at $12 for $20

[www.amazon.com]

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Re: DIY Rod Support for Dryer?
Posted by: Michael Sutheimer (---.wi.res.rr.com)
Date: July 22, 2020 04:55AM

Thanks for the ideas. Got a lead on some stands at a real good price. Might not be worth the trouble of making my own.

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