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22 days ago
Daniel Grundvig
I used a white china marker to mark the location of all the guides. After applying epoxy to the thread, the thread became transparent and the location marks were there in all their glory. Unfortunately, I didn't notice this until the epoxy had cured.
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7 weeks ago
Daniel Grundvig
#2 unibutts are rated 30-50 pounds and the Ti50 is a pretty big reel. My Ti16 and Penn VSX30 both fit perfectly in a #2 butt and are tight even without the rod clamps. The reel feet of both reels are narrow enough to extend completely into the rod's hoods. It sounds like your reel's feet do not go far enough into the hoods but without photos or more description, I'm just guessing. Here's a stat
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2 months ago
Daniel Grundvig
A tweed jacket?
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2 months ago
Daniel Grundvig
Gary, I've always been fascinated by the rod blank construction process. We hear a lot about the materials that go into making a premium blank but very little about the mandrels. I was wondering if you could talk a little about how you design and construct mandrels, what they're made of, the difficulty of developing such "skinny" tapers, etc.? When you wish to tweak a design, do you
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3 months ago
Daniel Grundvig
I get a kick out of these advertising departments. I swear they use a random buzz-word generator to come up with these descriptions- words like leading-edge, advanced, secret, proprietary, aerospace, nano, etc. Proprietary aerospace composite? The composite formula is proprietary but the composite is not. If you've got the money you can buy some of this proprietary "unobtanium" (Toray
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3 months ago
Daniel Grundvig
Lance, you didn't mention which hardwood was used in the handle construction. Many hardwoods are oily or acidic and epoxy doesn't bond well. Wiping the surface with a solvent prior to gluing is frequently required. This website provides further information:
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3 months ago
Daniel Grundvig
NFC "Dark Matter" OOOPs...What happened with the triple post? My Bad!
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3 months ago
Daniel Grundvig
NFC "Dark Matter"
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3 months ago
Daniel Grundvig
NFC "Dark Matter"
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3 months ago
Daniel Grundvig
Stunning! I understand this paint rubs off quite easily. Were your guys able to figure out a way to protect the finish while preserving the paint's properties? Innovations like these keeps rod building interesting - keep it up guys.
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4 months ago
Daniel Grundvig
I see I'm not the only person who grew up watching old horror movies. I have plenty of spiders in my shop so maybe I should have waited until I had a fly and a spider but of course dropping the big rock would have resulted in irreparable rod damage.
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4 months ago
Daniel Grundvig
It certainly would have been a conversation piece. Maybe on my next build I'll sacrifice a fly to my build. Builders imbed feathers so why not? Message from heaven? Maybe it was a sign to quit watching so many old horror movies.
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4 months ago
Daniel Grundvig
When I went to bed last night I was really happy about the finish on my new rod. The epoxy was super smooth and I couldn't see any bumps, thread nibs and no bubbles over the rod decal. Checked it after one hour and I figured one epoxy coat should do it, the rod drier was running smoothly and I would have a beautifully completed rod in the morning. Walked into the shop this morning and after a q
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4 months ago
Daniel Grundvig
I'd like to give a big thank you to Tom also. Not just the videos and all the advice he's given to us over the years but for moderating the forum and keeping it civil...even if he wont let me use the name of the largest internet store. lol The one suggestion of using a wide/flat brush rather than the stiff, disposable round brushes to apply finishing epoxy improved my work immensely. Also, I'd
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5 months ago
Daniel Grundvig
do Nanolite inserts cast better/farther than Alconite inserts? do oranges taste better than applies? are Fords better than Chevys but not as good as Dodge? is my favorite Chinese blank better built than your favorite Chinese blank? Inquiring minds want to know...NOT! Unless there was a single "tester" or test method used on every combination/permutation of blanks, reel seats, guid
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5 months ago
Daniel Grundvig
I've built a few of NFC's LMX Hybrid IP342-1 (3'4", heavy-fast, 8-17#, 3/4-2oz) specifically for larger lake trout. I used one of these a couple of weeks ago in a jigging jaw jacker. It took a bit to adjust the tension on the trigger before I got it right (yes, I got a few welts on the cheek before the setting was where I wanted it, lol). Although this rod's rating is probably a lot heavier
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5 months ago
Daniel Grundvig
Thanks everyone for your advice- much appreciated! My friend insists he's only going to use mono so going with Fuji's software calculations (based on his reel size, etc.). I'll try 25H, 12H, 7L. The 7L is what the software suggest rather than the 5.5M.
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5 months ago
Daniel Grundvig
Thanks Tom.
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5 months ago
Daniel Grundvig
Need some advice: My friend has asked me to build an 8' 2-piece American made rod for him. He has selected a Stryker CT804C-2 blank (8', 2-piece, rated 10-25#, moderate action, salmon blank). He'll be using a Shimano 5000 spinning reel primarily with (15-20#) mono. My question is what size stripper should I use to start the guide train, 25H or 20H? He also uses a longer bite leader and will b
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6 months ago
Daniel Grundvig
Createx makes some excellent water based airbrush paints- their line includes clear, transparent, candy, etc. I've had great results painting lures and reel seats. You will need some top-coat protection to preserve your art work. These paints are readily available at your local craft stores or online
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6 months ago
Daniel Grundvig
I'm not experiencing an edge lifting issue.
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6 months ago
Daniel Grundvig
Good suggestions, I'll give them a try. Thanks
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6 months ago
Daniel Grundvig
I've been building some Batson Rainshadow Slow Jig rods lately. Because of the rod's woven graphite surface, the surface is irregular with hills and valleys and due to this condition, decals cannot be applied directly to the blank. I've tried various ways to create a smooth surface including wrapping a layer of thread down and then applying a leveling coat of epoxy. Once cured, I apply and burn
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8 months ago
Daniel Grundvig
The rollers on my shop chair find them every time...finding is not necessary the gift of being able to ever use them!
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9 months ago
Daniel Grundvig
Hytena Thread's website has some good photos of their assortment of nylon thread (with and without CP) after epoxy coat on a dark blank.
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10 months ago
Daniel Grundvig
Thanks for the input- I'm going to give them a try.
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10 months ago
Daniel Grundvig
I know there a lot of experienced surf fishermen and surf rod builders on this forum so I'd appreciate your thoughts. I've seen these plate type reel seats on custom surf rods and I find them very attractive. I was curious about the strength of the latching mechanism as compared to say a spinning reel seat which has a hood tightened by a "nut." Any problems with the latching mechanism
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10 months ago
Daniel Grundvig
Since your rod is a custom, one-off rod, whether you build it considering the spine of the blank or not, when completed you'll have no basis for comparison with any other rod to determine which method would have been better- erase the mark where the spine is supposed to be, build it (hopefully with spiral), and enjoy the heck out of it- it will be fine. As Michael pointed out, in a rod this stif
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10 months ago
Daniel Grundvig
you see a lot of stabilized spalted maple blocks available on @#$%&. Most are for knife scales but I'm sure one of the dealers can hook you up.
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11 months ago
Daniel Grundvig
Phil, please provide us with a list of "really cheap foreign made blanks" and "lousy imported blanks" so we can avoid buyers remorse. Thanks
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