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M-D

Member Since 26 Jun 2012
Offline Last Active Apr 12 2019 11:57 AM
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Cleaning wraps before applying epoxy

27 June 2016 - 08:58 PM

What is the best way to remove small particles and such from my wraps before I apply the finish epoxy?

I was thinking masking tape but just wanted to see if there are other methods?


1st attempt at a cork grip from scratch

18 June 2016 - 09:05 PM

Today I made my first stab at making a cork grip from scratch. I used a piece of 1/4" steel rod for the mandrel and I waxed it before gluing up the rings with Titebond III.

I let the glue dry for 24+ hours in the clamp before I put it on the lathe to shape it up. I am truly amazed at how nice it sanded up and quite happy with the whole process until I went to take it off the mandrel. I think I did not have a good enough grip on the cork and it twisted too much causing 5 splits in the cork.

 

The finished grip, 10" long and going on a 7' SCIII for a dedicated Bass Jig fishing rod...

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One of the splits, the worst one, just above my thumb nail...

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Sure would appreciate your thoughts on how to prevent this in the future and if I need to do anything to the grip to address these splits before or while I am installing it on the blank. I was thinking I could just epoxy it on the blank and put it in the vise while the epoxy setup?

 

I REALLY enjoyed making this grip!