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Member Since 21 Apr 2015
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In Topic: matte or satin black snake guides

14 June 2018 - 02:43 AM

I want to say the recoil "black pearl" guides are black..

The pac bay ones are definitely black.

In Topic: Anybody ever make wooden butt caps?

25 March 2018 - 09:55 PM

wow, those are quite the builds.


I appreciate the response and you sharing your work!


Unfortunately I don't have facebook..

In Topic: Batson 13' 2pc 6-10# Steelhead Float Rod

25 March 2018 - 12:51 AM

That's some great looking epoxy!

Mind if I ask what kind of hook keeper that is?

In Topic: Sage ESN

25 March 2018 - 12:48 AM

I love the fighting butt, awesome work..

In Topic: Anybody ever make wooden butt caps?

25 March 2018 - 12:19 AM

So I picked up a cocobolo blank 1.5x1.48x12, of course the one I liked wasn't perfectly squareed, it should be fun seeing how that spins on the lathe..

My plan is to throw it in the lathe and drill into either side of the blank to meet in the middle, using as much of the blank as my 1/2 inch Brad point will allow me to.. The blank doesn't taper much up the butt of the rod, probably a tenth of an inch at most so I think I'll be okay making masking tape bushings and loading the blank up with epoxy when I get to that point.

I'll turn the blank on a piece of .50 all thread with a nut and rubber washer on either end to hold it in place..

After that, I'll fit cork rings to the rod and glue those to the wood.. attempt to line that up to the wooden section of the handle to the best of my ability and mount that to a thinner metal mandrel, likely with more masking tape bushings to turn the cork down and coat everything in truoil.

I can't imagine a way where I would be able drill through a 12" section of wood as much as I would like to make the entire handle from the butt to the reel seat as my lathe probably isn't big enough and I can't find a drill bit that long.. maybe I can start it on my lathe and use a forstner bit and extension in my cheap drill press to finish it off.

Again, having some hard time figuring out a way to close the butt with a solid rubberized ring, so I'll really like to devise a way to make button shaped piece of cocobolo to plug the end up and kind of make a recessed butt plug. I'm thinking about gluing a piece to a cheap wooden dowel and tapering the wooden dowel but I don't know if totebond 3 will hold when I'm sharing it. Hopefully I don't lose an eye.

My concerns are drilling from either end and actually managing to meet in the middle and finding a way to be able to get said "button" to stick to the rubberized cork.

When I finally get everything together, if all goes well I'll be sure to post pictures of the process.

I'd also like to put a half inch of the wood into the handle in front of the reel seat as an accent to make everything flow better but I don't know how I could turn the wood down when it has cork on either side.. maybe I could turn the wood ring down and then glue it into the cork and shape the cork to the diamater of the wood ring.. but then I'll have a problem if the wood isn't perfectly center.