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7 weeks ago
John Wright
John Wright Wrote: ------------------------------------------------------- > Phil Erickson Wrote: > -------------------------------------------------- > ----- > > Using the line through the guides to arc the > rod, > > is not as precise as using the tip only > weighted! > > As using the tip to deflect the rod produces > the > > rods natural ar
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7 weeks ago
John Wright
Phil Erickson Wrote: ------------------------------------------------------- > Using the line through the guides to arc the rod, > is not as precise as using the tip only weighted! > As using the tip to deflect the rod produces the > rods natural arc, whereas using the line through > the guides, gives you and arc produced by the > guides. They will be close, but not usu
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7 weeks ago
John Wright
What about a split grip rear handle? That would allow you more flexibility with reel placement.
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7 weeks ago
John Wright
I really appreciate everyone's response. I think I understand a lot of things now I never considered before. That's one reason I truly appreciate this forum, I can get expert advice on a wealth of subjects. I never considered the rod under stress discussion. We don't catch many really large fish here in Nebraska, so never really considered the stress angle. Line slap is one issue I have enco
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7 weeks ago
John Wright
Tom answered a question in this months magazine about guide sizing. I have seen this discussion before, but I will be teaching guide placement to a class next week. Tom makes an exceptional argument for using the same sized guides. This makes sense to me for fly rods, casting rods, and spin cast rods. Not so much for spinning rods. I personally prefer to use two or three different sizes
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7 weeks ago
John Wright
I am really lucky. My wife and I bought the house next door a few years back. Just a small little house and the price was too good to pass up. So she has the upper floor for her art studio. I have the basement. The basement is about 24X28. I use one half for my wood working shop, the other half is split in half. One half is planned for a small metal working shop. Have the tools, but need
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7 weeks ago
John Wright
Well that's interesting. Never saw duplicate posts before.
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7 weeks ago
John Wright
Pretty much what everybody else has said, Patience is the one thing that cannot be taught or bought and I think its the most important thing we have as builders. I have tied the same guide on a rod six or seven times just because it didn't look quite right. So take your time and enjoy the art form. It can be very relaxing while at the same time very frustrating. I have walked away from my be
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7 weeks ago
John Wright
Pretty much what everybody else has said, Patience is the one thing that cannot be taught or bought and I think its the most important thing we have as builders. I have tied the same guide on a rod six or seven times just because it didn't look quite right. So take your time and enjoy the art form. It can be very relaxing while at the same time very frustrating. I have walked away from my be
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7 weeks ago
John Wright
Why not incorporate a decorative ring at the pressure points. I would think a thin piece of walnut or aluminium strategically placed on the handle would be attractive and functionl!
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7 weeks ago
John Wright
The term "slip fit" can have many meaning to many different people. Those of us who have been doing this for a while know what it means. But when teaching classes my students have no idea what it means and the way I explain it to them is that the reel seat (or handle) should slide in place using minimal force and not "wiggle" when you try to move the blank back an forth in t
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7 weeks ago
John Wright
I have been building rods and teaching rod building for a few years. When I get to guide placement I use the same process I think most of us do. Place the guides where we think they belong, then test to see if the "arc" looks right and adjust from there. I have been doing that for probably 30+ years of building. But in all those years I never knew (or really tried to find out) why I
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1 year ago
John Wright
I have read with great interest posts on what speed to use for rod drying. I have come to the conclusion that the speed is very dependent on the viscosity of the epoxy that is being used. Hence the speed may be brand and temperature sensitive. Here's what I mean. As the rod turns the epoxy wants to seek the lowest spot hence the term self leveling. If the rod is turning at a speed such tha
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1 year ago
John Wright
Roger, Nicely done again. I am constantly amazed at your work. I was wondering what you used for rollers? They look commercial and about the right size, I have not been able to find anything and so have been making my own from Nylon stock or recycled HDPE plastic. Also, have you ever considered using stepper motors instead of gear motors? I have been playing with them for a few months now
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1 year ago
John Wright
James Taylor Wrote: ------------------------------------------------------- > Hi Brennan, > What area are you in? > Maybe we can find a shop that you can pull on some > of the RainShadow blanks. We will be at the Custom > Rod Building Expo this weekend and in two weeks we > have a booth at Fred Hall Long Beach where we will > have a large assortment of our saltwater b
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1 year ago
John Wright
I am finalizing my rod lathe design. The last piece I need is the tension rod. That little item that applies tension to the thread so I can unwrap the rod without completely loosing the wrap tension. Most I have seen appear to be made out of some kind of steel wire. So my question to the forum is, what do most builders make this rod from. I have been looking at High Carbon Steel 2B with
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1 year ago
John Wright
Roger, Have you considered stepper motors? I get them from a surplus store that salvages old printers and copiers. They are very flexible and relatively quiet. I especially like the ability to stop and lock the motor at a specific place. I can also set them up to rotate a specific number of degrees then stop and hold, great for things like chevron wraps. Of course easily reversed etc. Th
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1 year ago
John Wright
Most of the boards I subscribe to have a feature that lets me see all the messages I have posted or started. I have tried searching using the search function here and it just does not seem to work the way I am used to. So any help on finding my own posts? Thanks. Never mind. I just found the box at the bottom of the search that limits the time of the search.
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1 year ago
John Wright
Matthew Paul Wrote: ------------------------------------------------------- > I my self use a super sharp thin blade kitchen > knife to cut eva and I bore it with a rotary file > to cut the angles I hobby craft a miter box and > hold it snugly so that doesn't roll or slide and > cut it with a smooth single stroke that keeps the > face ends square but make sure you hav
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1 year ago
John Wright
roger wilson Wrote: ------------------------------------------------------- > John, > A really simple way to do the cutting is to use a > miter saw with a thin abrasive wheel installed on > the saw > > Set the angle that you wish to cut, lower the > wheel and the cut is done. > > You do not mention, if the EVA block is square or > round. > >
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1 year ago
John Wright
When I do a cross wrap I will cut three or four lengths of thread, Tape them to the but section then warp all four at once up the rod. When I get to about 1/2' beyond where I want the pattern to end, I continue around the rod to the opposite side and wrap down the rod, then tape the thread at the but section. Grab the next three or four threads and repeat until pattern is done. I can normally
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1 year ago
John Wright
Thanks everyone. Lots of really great ideas. I can see I will be doing a lot of testing in the next few months. Will post photos of the result and the way that gave me what i am looking for.
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1 year ago
John Wright
I am designing a set of rods (5 wt and 7/8 wt) that I think will be used as prizes for a tournament we are planning. The blanks are a matte black and I am going with black EVA grips with red inserts. What I want to do is place the inserts at a 45 degree angle to the eva on the front and rear third, and two inserts crossing at as 45 in the center. The question I have is what is the best way to
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1 year ago
John Wright
Thanks everyone. After some additional consideration and a review of my current inventory, I have decided to go with some EVA that I bought a while back. I ordered some black and red pen blanks that I will turn for the reel inserts. Should work fine. Again, many thanks for the advice, I still want to use Ebony on future build, but maybe just as accent rings.
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1 year ago
John Wright
ben belote Wrote: ------------------------------------------------------- > Most of my rod wraps loose their gloss after a few > fishing trips..lol. Good point!
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1 year ago
John Wright
Jay Dubay Wrote: ------------------------------------------------------- > Mark, Did you end up using natural white? And yes > I would assume a warmer environment, Or a quick > blast with a hair dryer would have helped with > your tunnel voids. I am just starting my first rod with silk thread and this is an interesting thread for me. Just one question, you use the term "
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1 year ago
John Wright
I'll give that a try. Thanks.
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1 year ago
John Wright
I purchases a couple of blanks that are matte black finish. I want to keep the matte black theme and was wondering if anyone knows of a way to give epoxy a matte finish. I saw this rod with regular epoxy finish on wraps and it really didn't look very good. So I was looking around to find a way to give the epoxy a matte finish. Otherwise I guess its old school and semi-gloss varnish.
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1 year ago
John Wright
I am building a new rod and want to use ebony insert and ends of the cork handle. Has anyone ever used ebony? How difficult is it to work? Thanks.
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2 years ago
John Wright
I actually did find an automatic reel. I used one when I was a kid, many moons ago. It works well on the retrieve, but the problem is stripping line off the reed with one arm. What I need is a reel that will automatically retrieve line and some way provide line at a controlled rate while casting. I've been playing with small dc motors and Arduino micro-controllers for a rod lathe and epoxy mi
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