Tying desk

Discussion in 'Fly Tying' started by Rob Ast, Dec 12, 2007.

  1. Rob Ast Active Member

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    West Pugetopolis WA
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    My wife is buying me a tying desk for the holidays. Does anyone have a desk they love (or hate)? Currently I'm looking at the "fall river" or "poudre" desks from tibbals wood studio (www.tibbalswoodstudio.com) - this is the same desk as the Orvis ultimate fly-tying desk for those that are familiar with it.
  2. miyawaki Active Member

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    Kent, Washington, USA.
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    We've had this desk in the store and have sold two of them. Make sure you get the drawers also. You will need them.

  3. gigharborflyfisher Native Trout Hunter

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    Gig Harbor, Wa, USA.
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    I have a Made2fly desk, and I absolutely love it. However, the company has gone out of business so you have to look online for places that still carry. I believe that Cabelas still has them as well. Here is a picture of what it looks like.

  4. Skilly Member

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    Winlock, WA.
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    I have an old roll top that I wouldn't trade. I have been happy with it for about 40 years now.

  5. Daryle Holmstrom retiredfishak

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    Mount Vernon, WA
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  6. TallFlyGuy Adipossessed!

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    Vancouver, WA.
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    For married men, I think Rolltop Desks are the way to go. Just roll it down, and it covers all your mess, and your wife is happy.

    Daryl, What is that bar thing on your vise platform that goes imbetween the vise bar and the spool post?
  7. Flyborg Active Member

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    Kalama, WA
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    It's an easy way to keep the toddlers out of stuff as well :)
  8. SteelieD Non Member

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    In a van down by the river
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    ...and puppies! Dang dog!!;)
  9. Mike Monsos AKA flyman219

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    Redmond, Washington, USA.
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    I looked for a desk and decided to buy a 3 drawer library type desk with a roll under file cabinet. It's about 6' long so even with the file cabinet under it there is still a lot of leg room. I also bought a machinist chest which I love! Lots of drawers just the right sizes and it holds quite a bit of materials. You can also close the lid and that locks the drawers. You could take it along for tying but it is a bit heavy for that. I've also had a roll top in the past and it was nice but I like the 6' length of this one for rod building also. I think I'm about $700 into the whole package.
  10. Daryle Holmstrom retiredfishak

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    I use a thin piece of rubber underneath the cutting board, bar thing is one of those squeeze clamps to hold the board in place, also used to store the extra spools.
  11. Daryle Holmstrom retiredfishak

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    Mount Vernon, WA
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    Oh that, got tired of some of my tools with the rolling handle rolling on to the floor, screwed on a piece of 3/4 by 1 fiberboard for dam, black thing is magnet strip for holding hooks.

  12. Hal Eckert Member

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    Roll top desk for me for the last 6 years, before that the wifey was always after me to clean up the mess, and the constant worries about the dogs getting into the hooks.

    Best enhancement to my fly tying since I bought the Renzetti Traveller in 95, no brainer solves alot of problems.





  13. mjyp New Member

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    corn country illinois
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    looks like some of that neatness spilled over on the floor
  14. kodiaksalmon Jeff B.

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    Muskie country!
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    I built my own. Less than $200 at a lumber yard, and a Saturday to put together. Your imgination (and ability) are your only limiting factors.

  15. Joe Fitzpatrick Member

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    Here is my tying room. Since I do a few things here like build web sites and package flies that I sell, I basically have 3 stations. The computer station where I can do some research and check out new patterns. I also do most of my web building here. The tying station, where I do all of my tying. And the Packaging station, which is the roll top desk.

    I purchased the cabinets and tops from Fred Myers. They called them "Hobby Cabinets". A bit spendy, but I can pack allot of stuff in the drawers. Worth it in my eyes.

    Add a few "Fishy" things to the walls and I have a very comfortably place to work.
  16. spanishfly Steelberg

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    Good point!
  17. mjyp New Member

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    corn country illinois
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    not enough room on a roll top for my tastes, kodiak or spanishfly have the right idea.

    you need space, with a large top you can set-up 2 vises, one for tubes/wadds/strings and one for hook only fly.

    i use a huge workbench with peg-board on the wall to hold materials, works very nicely. even have a laptop on bench in case i need to research/reference a tie or order materials.
  18. sixfinger Ryan Haseman

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    Olympia, WA
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    here's mine in the man cave, found it at fred meyers listed as a hobby desk. Drawers come with dividers that you can remove and the bottom drawers have hanging file folders that i can organize hackles and the likes. Not that expensive and pretty descent.

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  19. Dean Edwards Fllyfishy

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    Puyallup, Washington, USA.
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    What a cool topic. It is always nice to see what others work areas look like. Here is mine. It does not get used as often as I would like, but someday it will. I hafve be spending more and more time at the vise lately.
  20. seanengman Trout have no politics

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    davenport, wa
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    Absolutely jealous. my dest is a tool box that has to hold everything, and a kitchen table. Talk about a pain in the arse. Someday I might be as lucky as you guys.