Homemade Fly Tying Drying Wheel?

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  1. dryflylarry

    dryflylarry "Chasing Riseforms"

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    Anyone have any simple plans for a drying wheel? Where and what kind of used motor or new motor can I find? Even tho I'm a cheap kinda guy, I like fooling around making stuff on occasion. Thanks Pals!
     
  2. Ed Call

    Ed Call Mumbling Moderator Staff Member

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    Larry, I might have an old electric motor that I bought off of ebay for about ten buks. I bought several of them. One is my drying wheel, I have one for turning rod wraps. I'm pretty sure I've got another. If you can mount it to a support, fit it with a chuck and create your wheel you'd be set. I'll try to look later. Otherwise hit that auction site for an electric motor, lots of options there.
     
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    dryflylarry "Chasing Riseforms"

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    Hey Ed, I'll give up $10 assuming it's a slow RPM. Cool. No rush. Just one of those Winter projects ya know!
     
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    Winter is over man...let me look downstaris and I'll send you a PM so Old Man Jim does not bitch about us boring him.
     
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    dryflylarry "Chasing Riseforms"

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    Cool. Only if you want to give it up Ed. If you need it, keep it!
     
  6. Tom Bowden

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    Larry, here's a picture of the wheel I made, including info on the parts. It's classic "redneck engineering," but works well. If the picture doesn't show up, I posted it to the member gallery.

    Hope this helps.

    Tom

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    dryflylarry "Chasing Riseforms"

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    Thanks Tom. To others, I'm still looking for little motor sources and setups. More help appreciated. Ed's motor was on it's "last leg".
     
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    dryflylarry "Chasing Riseforms"

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    My dad uses a BBQ rotisserie motor that he mounted on some wood.
    Turns at a decent rpm.
    Can get a pic if anyone want to see it.


    knotnot
     
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    Deja vu. This is a yearly request; it has been covered in the archives if you wish to see (re-see??) some of the current suggestions again and some others as well, including sources for motors, etc.

    Steve
     
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    dryflylarry "Chasing Riseforms"

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    OK. So I just finished making my own. I didn't get too fancy as I was lazy. I got the motor shipped to me including postage for $15.94. Bought a couple of washers, a bolt or two, and glued three pieces of 1/4" foam together and used a plastic lid cover for the backing. Maybe I should have bought one for $39.95, but it was fun to tinker. The motor turns at 3 RPM.
     
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    Looks great and it is fun to tinker. Just an FYI with the wheel mounted over the base make sure you have enough clearence for some monster flies if you tie them. I had my dryer set up like yours worked great untill i tied up some larger salt wter patterns on 2/0 -4/0 hooks. They would hang up on the base while turning. Easy fix just reversed the wheel.
     
  14. Jerry Daschofsky

    Jerry Daschofsky Moderator Staff Member

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    that's what I did. If I can find mine, I'll dig it out. I just mounted my rotisserie to a piece of 2x4 and put a simple piece of foam (hard foam) mounted to the shaft. Works like a charm.
     
  15. Jerry Daschofsky

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    Oh, BTW. I think I have about $1 into mine. Bought the motor at a garage sale for a quarter. Took a leftover piece of 2x4 and was given the foam years ago. Pretty easy.