Rear cork grip and reel seat mismatch

Discussion in 'Rod Building' started by Salmo_g, Feb 12, 2014.

  1. Salmo_g

    Salmo_g Active Member

    I'm building up a new Spey rod blank. I've got the corks for the rear grip glued on. Now when I slide the reel seat on, which has a cork hooded reel cap piece, I see that when I pressed on the rear grip cork, I got it off the perpendicular plane. There is a gap nearly 1/16" wide on one side when I slide the reel seat on the blank. My first thought is that I'm going to have a big ugly split to fill with cork sanding dust and glue. Then I thought maybe I can sand the high side down and get a better fit, maybe a perfect fit if I'm more lucky than good.

    Any similar experiences and other, better solutions to the problem?


  2. Rob Ast

    Rob Ast Active Member

    I would try to file down the high side, then fill in a little at the end if needed.
  3. LD

    LD Active Member

    If you can turn the blank on a lathe I would try to trim straight with a rest and a razor blade. Otherwise try Rob's method, should work better than sand paper.
  4. Salmo_g

    Salmo_g Active Member

    Thanks. That makes sense to put it on the "lathe," (mine being a cobbled together jig used with a drill motor). I should be able to true it up pretty good that way.