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Re: What's On Your Bench
Post 14 Feb 2021, 21:42 • #2126 
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It's been in the single digits or below zero here for the last several days, and I didn't want to work in the cold basement. So I figured this weekend would be a great time to work on sewing up some rod socks.

Here they are, ready for a light washing to clear off the chalk marks.



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Re: What's On Your Bench
Post 15 Feb 2021, 06:26 • #2127 
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As a rod builder myself, I am very envious....


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Re: What's On Your Bench
Post 08 Mar 2021, 12:21 • #2128 
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Spent some time over the weekend making my first Nickel Silver ferrule

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That's a size 16, and it's coming in at 8.3 grams for both parts (.29oz). Pretty happy so far, I'm hoping to install it on a scrap rod section and see how well it laps in and fits.


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Re: What's On Your Bench
Post 20 Mar 2021, 09:01 • #2129 
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Laying out the pieces for the finishing steps. This is a NFC 8’ 5 weight blank, Struble reel seat, with a shop turned box elder burl insert.





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Re: What's On Your Bench
Post 20 Mar 2021, 10:44 • #2130 
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Very nice VDub!


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Re: What's On Your Bench
Post 22 Mar 2021, 14:10 • #2131 
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Looking good Vdub!!!


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Re: What's On Your Bench
Post 22 Mar 2021, 19:17 • #2132 
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VDub, those are some nice looking wraps. The finish looks really excellent.

What color thread did you use?


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Re: What's On Your Bench
Post 22 Mar 2021, 20:39 • #2133 
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Incidental to the photo of the finished rod, the butt section is shown with test wraps. Hope VDub remembers to link that pic next time we have a query about how to decide upon a thread color or trim combination, how a certain type of finish will look, or even how to wrap. Practice and test wraps, that's how. Perfect illustration, not to mention nice choice and finish.


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Re: What's On Your Bench
Post 22 Mar 2021, 21:10 • #2134 
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Thanks all, I appreciate it. I’m really happy with how this build turned out.

The main wraps are Kimono silk 307 (Tuscan sun). The trim bands are Kimono silk 368 (Mt Fuji).

The test wraps are the only way to go. I have learned the hard way that things aren’t always what they seem once the finish is applied.


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Re: What's On Your Bench
Post 22 Mar 2021, 21:11 • #2135 
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I think test wraps are an important part of the build process. (I'm leaning toward the wrap on the far right, by the way--Tuscan Sun just like VDub.)



Here's a Livingston Western Glass 8'6" 5-weight that I'm working on right now. I couldn't find a thread color that really stood out to me, until I remembered I had some almond ProWrap that I picked up for a build that never happened. On a whim, I said why not. On the black blank, it turned to a nice, rich chocolate color that has a lovely sheen in the sunlight. It goes well with the maple burl insert I picked out too.





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Re: What's On Your Bench
Post 22 Mar 2021, 21:27 • #2136 
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Those last photos are great examples of how the thread will change based on the color of the blank as well.

I used the Tuscan Sun thread for main wraps on a brown blank earlier this year. The photo below shows how the final result is vastly different based on the blank color. Same thread, same finish.


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Re: What's On Your Bench
Post 22 Mar 2021, 21:33 • #2137 
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That is a really good illustration of how much blank color influences thread.

By the way, in my first picture, the second-to-the-last wrap on the right is that same almond ProWrap. On the amber blank, it looks like a medium or medium-light brown. About the color of an almond, actually.


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Re: What's On Your Bench
Post 24 Mar 2021, 15:33 • #2138 
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Nice work on the wraps fellas. I agree, test wraps are the way to go.
I might have to use that Kimono #307 soon. I have some that was sold under the Bullard name (#S-107) that I bought a few years back.


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Re: What's On Your Bench
Post 27 Mar 2021, 10:24 • #2139 
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Working on a couple inserts today. I keep coming back to buckeye burl recently. Never know what it’s going to look like until you start cutting. This one still needs a few coats of finish.



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Re: What's On Your Bench
Post 28 Mar 2021, 03:32 • #2140 
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Burl insert is figured more than most. Will result in a distinctive seat.


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Re: What's On Your Bench
Post 28 Mar 2021, 18:03 • #2141 
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Been busy with a few graphite project (shh), but am making some progress on my Northfork Composites 8'6" 8 weight blank. Teenagers insisted on purple thread given blank color, thinking about a Joker theme :-)

This will certainly not be the most subdued rod I ever build LOL!




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Re: What's On Your Bench
Post 28 Mar 2021, 18:45 • #2142 
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I like it! And that's no joke(r )!


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Re: What's On Your Bench
Post 28 Mar 2021, 20:49 • #2143 
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Cool. Please post some pictures once you get finish on those wraps. I'm curious what it ends up like.

What stripping guide is that?


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Re: What's On Your Bench
Post 28 Mar 2021, 21:22 • #2144 
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Stripping guide is Fuji Concept Double-Foot Reverse Surf Rod Guides Model LC

I love the look of them, and have used them on a bunch of rods. Just cool aesthetics, but definitely not traditional!


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Re: What's On Your Bench
Post 29 Mar 2021, 19:04 • #2145 
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This is a Scott g (graphite, yes I know) but it’s a vintage blank. Original Scott graphite from San Francisco. I bought 2 blanks from Randy at retro glass. I did a 9’5wt earlier and this is a 7’10 3wt. It’s silk wrapped and the reel seat is another one from ray lee. This is my latest rod build and the one I’m most proud of to this point. Thanks for looking!!









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Re: What's On Your Bench
Post 30 Mar 2021, 07:32 • #2146 
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Beautiful Mr. Jesse!


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Re: What's On Your Bench
Post 30 Mar 2021, 08:18 • #2147 
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Hello
Very Nice.
Like your thread design and color combinations.
You did a good job of picking up the tones from the reel seat insert.
Thanks For Sharing !!
Tight Lines And Well Executed Loops
The Glass Master
AKA
Andy Man ;)


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Re: What's On Your Bench
Post 30 Mar 2021, 11:33 • #2148 
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Andy your praise really means a lot. Thank you for the kind words! Next rod is a blue heron swelled butt glass blank, 6'9" 2/3wt. I'm just waiting for a tip top to come in for it to really dig in.


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Re: What's On Your Bench
Post 17 Apr 2021, 09:07 • #2149 
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Finally been able to move some projects forward this week. Finished wrapping and now getting some finish on another giant spey rod for a friend. A little shorter than the last one - this one is only 15’1”.



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Re: What's On Your Bench
Post 17 Apr 2021, 11:48 • #2150 
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Brocton,
Did you turn that bottom handle? And I would love to see a photo of that upper grip. That beast looks gorgeous.


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