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In Topic: steel or ali forms

26 December 2017 - 05:23 AM

You do realize that the original post is over 4 years old


Yes - but the information within the forum is still actively read by people interested in learning about rod building... and it would be a shame if misinformation put someone off trying something that could make a positive difference to their rod building.


Having ignored the bad information and tried the idea for myself I wanted to share that experience in case it can help anyone - I may ever know because the posting rate has all but halted, but that's not important.

In Topic: steel or ali forms

25 December 2017 - 12:09 PM

Your plane with absolutely destroy the forms.


Having been using aluminum forms for some time now I can safely say this is complete and utter tosh - if your plane destroys your forms you are getting things significantly wrong in the planing department. A properly sharpened plane used sensibly and a scraper used to finish the last couple of thou will do your forms no harm at all.


If you are having trouble with corrosion affecting your forms (like I was) do not be afraid to have a go at making a set of aluminum forms - the only tricky part is cutting the groove because the file loads up much faster than it does when making steel forms. With the judicious use of a cutting lubricant and plenty of patience however the job is fine.