Rear cork grip and reel seat mismatch

Salmo_g

Well-Known Member
#1
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?

Thanks.

Sg
 

LD

Active Member
#3
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.
 

Salmo_g

Well-Known Member
#4
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.

Sg