This week's reel seat project

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  1. KB2

    KB2 Active Member

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    They say plagiarism is the highest form of flattery, so here is my spin on a Struble U-24. I machined the hardware from stainless steel, and the insert is Lignum Vitae. Insert diameter is .640, overall length 3.5. I am pretty pleased with how it turned out. There is no finish on the insert yet, that is the next step.

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  2. Rob Ast

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    Great work. A little hard to see they detail on the knurling - how does it look it person?
     
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    The knurling is OK, the wheels I have aren't the best, I have ordered some good ones with an extra fine pitch, next one will be better.
     
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    What does this assembly weigh? For a lighter rod polished anodized aluminum would be sweet!

    Looks great, keep on sharing.

    _SHig
     
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    I don't have the best scale in the world, but as near as I can tell it weighs about 1.5 oz. Stainless Steel is actually slightly lighter then Nickel Silver, but tougher to machine.
     
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    Here is the one I finished this afternoon. Down locking, SS Hardware, Ziricote insert and inlays in the hoods. I think this one is my favorite so far.

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    Love the reel seat with the wood insert. Just awesome!
     
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    Mike Monsos AKA flyman219

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    I really like your inlays!

    Mike
     
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    freestoneangler Not to be confused with Freestone

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    Those are cool... nice work.
     
  10. KB2

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    I think I finally have my design pegged. Below is the final product after changes. A couple of small modifications to lighten it up a bit. This one is 1.4 oz, can't get much lighter with Stainless Steel. The insert diameter is .625, well suited for 4-5 weight rods. Will also be building some a .600 diameter for 2-3 weights.

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    That is one good looking reel seat!!! Well done
     
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    Love the curve on the rear foot band. Would you us be considering making some for sale?
     
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    Finished a couple more.

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    This one has a .600 diameter Clairo Walnut Burl Insert. Total weight is 1.25 oz.

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    This one has a .625 diameter Cocobolo Insert. Total weight is 1.4 oz.
     
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    Excellent! We needed someone to replace Struble..Keep up the good work. Do you sell these?
    Thanks.
     
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    Those are so cool