My latest reel project

Discussion in 'Bamboo, Fiberglass & Classic Reels' started by KB2, Dec 12, 2011.

  1. Started another reel project and though I would show some in process pics.

    I build the frame first.

    Start by squaring up a piece of 3.5 round stock

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    Then I turn the outside profile and bore out the inside

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    Finished with the lathe work

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    Now off to the mill to open up the sides

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    The frame is finished with the details for the drag and line guide.

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    More pictures to come.


    KB2
     
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  2. Looking good.
     
  3. Great project and good for you for pursuing it. Please keep us updated with photos.

    For some inspiration look here http://clarksclassicflyrodforum.yuku.com/topic/38025/My-Latest-PROJECT
    Chris aka Greenwell is one of the finest classic reel makers still plying his trade. There are over 40 pages of photos and information. Much can be learned about the craft from this one source as he documents his progress step by step with text and images.

    TC
     
  4. I have been following Chris's post for quite some time. His work is off the charts and while inspiring is also humbling, He is a craftsman in the 1st degree.

    KB2
     
  5. this is going to be one fine reel. I admire you guys can do something like this
     
  6. Nice!

    Can I have it when you are done?
     
  7. totally agree!
     
  8. Making the Foot. I start by boring a peice of round stock and turing the outside diameter taper on a lathe.

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    Then to the mill and rough mill the side profile until it nearly breaks through to the inside diameter.

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    Next I pop it in a vise and give it a good squeeze until the part breaks out.

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    Then I finish mill the profile, a couple of laps on the sander and buffer and fit to the rod

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    More to come...
     
  9. Thanks for the great pictures and machining course! This is very interesting I might need to think about getting a mill next. LOL

    Mike
     
  10. Had a good day in the shop yesterday.

    Turned the spool

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    And I got the frame anodized. Here is a picture of my hi-tech anodizing system.
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    Here is the frame after anodize going into and coming out of the dye bath.

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    With any luck I should finish it today.

    KB2
     
  11. Very nice! You are incredibly talented. I can't wait to see the finished product!
     
  12. This is some cool shit. I had no idea you could anodize stuff at home. How long did that take? Really looking forward to the next post.
     
  13. This is really amazing. I think I may have a similar lathe that I use for my hardware (HF 8X12), is a mill absolutly necessary or would a milling vise attachment be enough to do the milling work required to make a reel. I'm not sure my machining skills are up to a reel yet but it is tempting. I'm also interested in your anodizing method, could you explain how it works?

    Thanks for the neat thread.

    Mike
     
  14. Anodizing is really pretty simple. It uses a solution of Sufuric Acid and Water. I just went to Napa and bought some battery acid and diluted it to the right mix. Then you place a piece of aluminum in the solution with the negative terminal hooked to it, this is called the cathode> )in the picture it is the flat piece that goes down in the bucket and comes back out the other side. Then you take your part and suspended it in the solution with aluminum wire making sure it does not touch the cathode. Your part is the anode. You connect the positive terminal to it. I use a DC 12 volt battery charger to run 2 amps through it for 90 minutes. the dye is RIT Clothing dye mixed strong and heated to 150F. After the part comes out of the anodizing you rinse it in water and place it in the bath for 15 seconds to 20 minutes depending on the color you want. The last step is to boil it in water for 2 hours to seal the dye in. All water must be distilled water or the minerals will cause poor anodizing and coloring. If you do a google search for home anodizing there is a lot of info, that is where i got mine.

    I can't imagine making a reel without a mill, but is suppose it could be done. Mine is just a Small Grizzly Mill/Drill. When I get a chance I will post a picture.
     
  15. Finished. The handle and line guide are made from Deer Horn.
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    Time to get started on the Next one...........
     
  16. Nice. couple questions...

    how much is the total weight?

    what size line + amount of backing does it hold?

    is it a trout drag or a steel/salmon drag system?

    third... did you get any metal shavings in your finger tips? I hate that.
     
  17. Just a shade over 6 oz. Definitely a trout reel. Spool Diameter is 3" with a 1" Arbor, 3/4 inside width, don't know how much line and backing. My finger tips are OK, when you work with sharp metal you develop tough skin.
     
  18. Wow! Damned nice!
     
  19. WOW!!! That's an incredible looking reel and certainly a great talent you've got there! Looking forward to seeing more of these, excellent post and pictures! :thumb:
     
  20. Just when you think the quality of posts here are getting a little...less than interesting, one like this pops up! I will never make anything like a reel, of any kind, but I really enjoyed this post. Thanks KB2 for sharing your obvious talent and skill.

    LB
     

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