so i got a good deal on a used lathe and I'd like to try making my own reel seats. There isnt much information out there however. If I buy a stabilized block of whatever wood i'd like to use, how to I get it from a block to a cylinder on the lathe?
Posted 20 September 2017 - 07:00 AM
Creating a finely fit and beautifully finished wood reel seat insert isn’t difficult. However, each turner goes through his/her own progression of lathe and accessory acquisition, turning skill development, and finishing skill development (perhaps the most important skill). While there may not be a lot of information published in the rod building world, there are a lot of wood turning specialty sites contributed to by pen turners and other lathe craft specialists. Progressing to a finely fit and finished insert may take some study, practice, and time. There will be a good bit of trial and error, so save your best wood for some time in the future.
Posted 20 September 2017 - 10:40 AM
Good suggestions above in saving your best wood for later. You'll need a good set of sharp lathe tools and a sharp set of bits. I've found the holes to be the trickiest part of the job. I'd also encourage you to make your own wood handles as well. They are beautiful, hardy and can be engraved. Handle blanks are readily available. If you are doing spinning or casting rods, you should make fore-grips out of the same blank.
Check out youtube for helpful videos as well. Good luck.
Posted 21 September 2017 - 12:19 PM
Hi, everyone! For great information on woodturning, go to www.woodturner.org and jump in. You don't have to be a member to look at things on the forum. Keep in mind that the lathe is the cheapest part. You will have chucks, tools, some way to sharpen tools. Again, here is a good place to start or go the the link. Woodturning is like rod building- a vortex from which there is no escape.
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Posted 23 September 2017 - 07:53 PM
I should have added that, with wood turning tools, it is really helpful to keep them sharp. I finally wised up and bought a good quality grinder with an adjustable tool rest to get the proper angle when sharpening (usually 50 degrees). Takes a minute or two but makes the job a lot easier.
Posted 25 September 2017 - 03:06 AM
finding decent content on how to turn handles is tough to find. I really want to add this skill to my repertoire, especially doing a wood, cork combination.
Posted 25 September 2017 - 11:29 AM
it really is tough to find. it's essentially non existent.
Posted 14 October 2017 - 07:26 AM
It does not have to be, but in terms of reliability and durability, as well as easier to turn, definitely the way to go.
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Posted 14 October 2017 - 08:51 AM
There is a reason why handle / wood inlay combination information is difficult to find. It takes knowledge and experience to fine tune the methodology into a system that works and is durable. And when this system is greased by practice and repetition (and a few blunders and screw ups) the results are quite stunning. Well, these results are worth more, IMO, when there is less competition offering them. So you're not likely to acquire information spoon fed to you. You're going to have to experiment with different techniques (there are plenty of these kinds of videos) and then assemble them using ideas on your own and hopefully conclude with the end results you hoped to achieve. Not trying to be a jerk, but merely wishing to encourage you to do the research and homework, understand the concepts surrounding safe turning, brainstorm procedural concepts on your own and go for it. It took a while before I came up with the steps I use to get the results I was after and that my clients demand and are willing to pay to acquire. However, there are a dozen (in my mind) more talented, more gifted and way more artistic masters of the "wood lathe handle turners club" than me. And, this keeps me driven to achieve a higher standard of product. These hours upon hours of learning and technique become guarded secrets among the elite builders and (as I have learned) and getting it out of them is like dental work on a shark! So good luck! You can draw conclusions on where I'm going with this thought...
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