I am a hobby home builder, and while all the fancy tools are nice, you can either make or buy alot of rod building equipment at hardware stores. There are quite a few rod wrapping jigs that you can build for under $10, and I like mine as it is far more adjustable for wrapping tips and getting the thread packed tighter etc. Just Google rod Wrapping jig and decide which one you like best, I like one with supports that slide and held on with wing nuts that allow the thread tensioner to move outside the supports when needed, and the supports can come in tight to support thin and bendy tips.
I thought about doing it that way, but then I seen the one I linked above and it looks perfect for my personality and easy to store away when not using. Too much time collecting everything I need and putting it together because I would put more time in it then I should making it look nice while trying to figure out how it all goes together. I got so many projects going, I just don't have time to mess with it, even though it is a very good option for some. Building a rod I can make time for though
I find I can get a lot things from my dollar store and low cost tool liquidation store, such as masking tape, aluminum mixing cups (think they are actual tart trays), I use plastic coffee stir sticks that I liberate from work. Mesh tape is basically over priced drywall tape which I just bought a roll for $5 at Home depot, and tip top glue is basically heavy duty glue sticks, and you can buy a box for the same price as 1 or 2 sticks from a rod builder supplier. I also built my own reamers out of old broken rod sections and 1/4 sanding belts and contact cement, I think it is flexcoat that has a good video on how to make and use, I had been using round flies for a long time, but have been recent building Spey rods and got sick of filing a single grip all weekend, and the reamer is my new favorite tool, and my forearms too.
Thanks for the info on this. I do actually have some drywall tape, but it's very old, so I will probably pick up some fresh stuff from home depot and skip on the one I posted above that is $15 bucks and use that money towards a cheap reamer set.
I also have a tiny bit of glue left in my carpet glue gun, so I might just use that instead.
Is it easy to break a grip while reaming, especially one that is that long?
A rod dryer is worth it in my opinion, but not necessary, and can be made fairly easily out of a old microwave or BBQ rotisserie motor.
As you are only in Washington State it might be worth it to call one of the Rod building Suppliers up in BC, as you dollar gives you a 30% discount, and shipping wouldn't be to much more than from Mudhole etc. I like and deal with Rodbuilder Supplies and Valley Custom Rods up here.
That's part of the reason why I'm going to get everything I need all at once. Orders of $150 or more get free shipping, plus I have a 10% discount code. After I get my tools I need, I will then start looking to where to by my rob parts. I haven't moved on to that step yet.
Are those places you mentioned good for rod building parts? Not sure if there is a large superstore online that everyone goes to or if it's spread out all over the internet?
Lastly the guys on this site are a wealth of knowledge, and have always given me great advice when required. I hope you enjoy your builds.
I hope so to and thanks for the help