FTOTY Bamboo Rod 2004
Posted 22 August 2004 - 04:25 PM
“If you say that getting the money is the most important thing, you'll spend your life completely wasting your time. You'll be doing things you don't like doing in order to go on living, that is to go on doing things you don't like doing, which is stupid. Better to have a short life, doing what you like doing, than a long life spent in a miserable way." - Alan Watts
Posted 22 August 2004 - 08:17 PM
For example, I painted the butt section of each chopstick with a color from the rainbow. The lowest on the culm was Red then Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, Violet and finally black (ROY G BIV +black - I skip orange because it looks too much like red). When organizing, all I have to do is to be sure the colored end is always facing down.
Each strip on the butt section will be made up of 1 red, 1 yellow, 1 green and 2 blue chopstick. The tip strips will be 2 indigo, 1 violet and 1 black chopstick.
Finally I mark each with a number from 1-6 that corresponds to which strip they will be a part of. You can see the hash marks on each strip in the picture below (the hash mark colors are not the same as the chopstick colors, just to make things more confusing!).
Next we'll start breaking out the tools!!
Posted 22 August 2004 - 09:46 PM
After the initial sharpening, I use an 8000 grit japanese waterstone preped with a Nagura stone. This will give the blade a mirror finish, and will be sharper than a razor's edge.
It's important that the edge be clean and sharp!
Posted 22 August 2004 - 09:49 PM
The splicing block holds the chopsticks so that when they are planed flush, there is a smooth 4 degree angle to the stick.
I start with the flat sole plane and work down until there is about .015" of the chopstick remaining above the splicing block. I then switch to the grooved-sole plane and work until it's flush with the top of the block.
Once each of the strips have been angled, they are ready to be glued.
I have to do this for each chopstick in the rod. Since there are 6 strips in each of the two sections, 5 chopsticks in each section of the butt and 4 in each of the tip, there is a total of 54 chopsticks and 84 splices that must be planed in this particular rod configuration. I'll be at this for a bit...
Posted 24 August 2004 - 09:47 PM
You are a true craftsman, and this is shaping up to be BY FAR the best step-by step process of making a bamboo rod. I'll be following this thread very closely and MIGHT be asking some questions. Is there a test after you are done?
Posted 24 August 2004 - 10:14 PM
I first organize them to match them up with their 'siblings' (all the 1s with the 1s, 2s with the 2s, etc.). I then sample fit and put aN alignment mark on each which helps me make sure that the splice will be even.
Then it's a simple matter of spreading on some glue and clamping them together. The only tricky part is you need to be sure that the enamel, or top, of each of the strips is flush with the one that it is being glued to, and that the butt end of each chopstick is aligned towards the butt of the rod. This is another place where good color coding and organization pays off!
Because I have a limited number of clamps, I have to do the glueing in 2 stages. However, since I am using Titebond III, I only have to keep things clamped for an hour or so. Later this evening I'll remove the clamps and finish with the glue up. Tomorrow we should have some nodeless strips that are ready for rough planing!!
Posted 24 August 2004 - 10:58 PM
Adjustable mouth Block Plane(s) - Mine are Lie-Nielsen (one has a 'rodmaker's groove'), but a Record or Stanley 9 1/2 works as well. Just make sure you replace the blade with a Hock or other top-quality blade.
Sharpening stones - I use diamond stones, but anything that will sharpen a blade should work.
Veritas Jig - Holds the plane blades at a consistent angle. Invaluable for sharpening!!
Splicing Block - I picked up this one from JD Wagner, but if you are less lazy than I, you can make one yourself without much trouble.
Buttload of small Pony clamps - Some folks who make nodeless rods will bind the splices, but I find that it is much faster and easier to use clamps.
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