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5 years ago
Bill Falconer
Congratulations and THANK YOU! Bill
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5 years ago
Bill Falconer
Perfect - thanks very much. I'll let you know how I do...
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5 years ago
Bill Falconer
Hello All - Sorry for what is probably a basic question, but I can't seem to find a clear answer anywhere. My son and I are building a surf rod for an upcoming beach trip and he's decided he wants to do a cord grip with Turk's Head knots. I understand the cord wrapping / grafting / weaving part and I can make a Turk's Head knot. My question is - do you form the Turk's Head with the same
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6 years ago
Bill Falconer
Very nice...I've got it. Thank you!
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6 years ago
Bill Falconer
Dick, are you removing the outer 'spurs' of the spade bit? If I am thinking about my spade bits correctly, the spurs cut quite a bit deeper than the blades. So there is an outer 'channel' cut that is deeper than the flat bottom recess. The way I am sizing my grips, they will not tolerate that length of channel cut. Are you grinding them off or just shaping your grips such that you have room t
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6 years ago
Bill Falconer
Mike - I'll bite - is it a hole saw? What is the OD? Thanks! Bill
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6 years ago
Bill Falconer
Hello Michael - There are probably several ways to do this. The way I do it is as follows: I turn the grip core with no recess. I size it to be the absolute minimum size that will allow the seat to fit but you can size it however you want. Once I have skinned and finished the grip I let it set for a few days to let the finish set before handling it. During this time I glue up the reel seat
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6 years ago
Bill Falconer
The size 16 NPS is definitely too small for me and I believe I have average size hands. My son - who is 9 - loves them. To their credit they are very compact for travel in a tube. But too small to be comfortable for all day use IMHO. The size 20 NPS is the most comfortable factory seat I've ever used. You just have to get used to something that looks different. Kinda like split grips and
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6 years ago
Bill Falconer
Michael - The butt grip looks great - really nice job and a great finish. I posted a photo for you of the Mudhole butt plugs. I'm not sure who makes them - probalby AmTak. Anyway, they have a taper and will definitely be sleeker than what you used. You will just have to look and see if that is more what you are after. The carbon fiber work is top notch, though. Nice job. Bill
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6 years ago
Bill Falconer
Looks great, Roger. Can't wait to get my hands on the power unit you are building me for composite grips!
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6 years ago
Bill Falconer
Steve has it exactly right - Personna Hair Shaper Blades from Sally Beauty Supply are fantastic. I first saw Bill Stevens post this and they work. You can also get them on Amazon, etc. Just be careful - they are MUCH sharper than you are used to and you can easily cut too deeply when cutting fizzles, etc. Easy does it for sure.
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6 years ago
Bill Falconer
I have never bought a Renzetti product I later felt was not well worth the money...I'm sure you'd be pleased with the upgrade and I believe the price is fair given the quality of materials and machining hours involved. However, the issue for me is still that I don't want to move myself, the thread carriage, and all my tools (thread pullers, tweezers, thread burnisher, scissors, razor blade, read
Forum: rodboard
6 years ago
Bill Falconer
Bill - Loved the wood grips article. Thanks for doing it. I have built several of these type rods for fly or weightless platic worm fishing under bubbles and floats (although mine have been mostly 9 footers). In my experience, you will be super happy with a size 20 K-style high frame guide as your first guide. One other thought - braid is typically easier to mend and manage for this ty
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6 years ago
Bill Falconer
Roger that. Thanks!
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6 years ago
Bill Falconer
Hello all - A few months back I bought some 4 oz paint cans and filled them with Permagloss and Lumiseal. It worked like a charm. That is a great tip. I am about to run out of the Permagloss and was wondering - can I reuse this can with my next 4 oz bottle? Or should I start with a fresh new can? Anyone have any experience reusing these things? Thanks! Bill
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6 years ago
Bill Falconer
+ 1 for Roger. I wish I had met him sooner...he is helping me solve some of my "I always wanted this piece of equipment but nobody makes it ' problems.
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6 years ago
Bill Falconer
Roger, I think the above measurement is from the top of the 'channel' all the attachments mount to. If you measure from the bottom of that channel, it is 5.625" from the base to the centerline of the chuck / headstock. This is on a PacBay lathe purchased less than 6 months ago. Hope this helps...thanks! Bill
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6 years ago
Bill Falconer
Roger - That is a very interesting set up. I sent you an email...thanks! Bill
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6 years ago
Bill Falconer
Agreed - you will be fine. Your biggest problem may be getting the rod to balance. When you go with a split grip and carbon fiber at that, they get LIGHT. I am having trouble getting longer rods to balance but that is a good problem to have. Would love to see pics once you finish - thanks! Bill
Forum: rodboard
6 years ago
Bill Falconer
This has been a pretty lively thread. I am really impressed by two things. First, it is pretty spectacular that executives representing both sides of this debate are particpating in it. I'd be willing to bet the Batson clan is plugged in as well. We are very, very fortunate in this craft to have this kind of industry access and support. I can't think of another product I buy - regardless of
Forum: rodboard
6 years ago
Bill Falconer
Hey Michael - Here are the stemmed plugs: Capt. Mike has them as well but he has a lot of stuff that is not up on his website. You have to email him and ask. I may not have been clear with what I was saying before I am talking about finishing the very butt end...not the ends that butt to the reel seat. A butt end with no cap or cushion is what is uncomfortable to me. The smooth
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6 years ago
Bill Falconer
Hello Ben - This is totally subjective, but since you are looking for ideas here goes. I am not familiar with those Phenix blanks so can't help you there. When I lived in Arkansas, I spent a lot of time on Lake Ouachita. That is extremely clear water and we chased big schools of spotted bass breaking very small shad on top. Unlike the normal schooling frenzy where you just throw anyt
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6 years ago
Bill Falconer
Jim already landed on this, but in my initial tinkering the biggest advantage to me is that the Microwave guides do really well (when properly set up) with both fmono / fluoro and braid. Full disclosure: I am sort of late to the game on Microwaves. I have only built 5 rods with them and am still learning. I only built the first one in May of this year. Per Dane's very good (IMO) point
Forum: rodboard
6 years ago
Bill Falconer
Lots of good ideas here. If I am going that clean minimalist route, I like the rubber butt plugs from Riley Rods or Mudhole. They are like a tapered rubber coin with a stem. You order them based on stem diameter (to fit the diamter of your blank or grip). You can also cut off the stem and just glue them in place if need be Just mind that you clean them up a bit before you use them. Some co
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6 years ago
Bill Falconer
Thanks!
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6 years ago
Bill Falconer
Hello All - Wondering if anyone knows what size the head stock spindle is on the Renzetti lathe and what MT it is? I am unable to find it on their website and honestly can't remember other than that it is smaller than my JET Mini Lathe. I can of course measure it but am away from the shop and amy trying not to wait. Any help appreciated. Thanks! Bill
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6 years ago
Bill Falconer
The above method is excellent. You will have to play with your RPMs to get the right behavior with different finishes Only problem is you need a power wrapping / finishing machine to apply that way. You can also get really good results by hand. I mix and apply my finish with a metal spatula. I rotate the rod by hand while I do this. I essentially put heavy finish on all the wraps quickly
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6 years ago
Bill Falconer
I am a bit surprised by your experience.. You are actually the very first person I've ever talked to who tried them on fly rods and went away from them - in fresh or salt water. I built two Winston 5-weights that are identical - one with cork, one witih carbon fiber and I ask people to try before they buy. I have literally never had anyone choose the cork. But, to me this is one of the very b
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6 years ago
Bill Falconer
I have had very good luck with Sakura Gelly Roll pens in Metallic Gold, Metrallic Silver, and White. I have purchsed these at both art supply stores and some office supply stores. They are a few bucks apiece. I will typically do some form of butt wrap or decorative wrap. I will coat that wrap with one coat of finish. Once that finish coat has completely dried (12+ hours), I apply my log
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6 years ago
Bill Falconer
I agree - stick with 7" and you should be good. Shapes that look good and fundtion well for a 3-weght include a cigar, a half wells (Fenwick) and the reverse half wells. I have also really liked a small diameter full wells on longer rods (9' and longer) even though it is not traditional. I also really like carbon skinned foam core grips on these light rods. If you have not tried one yo
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