Fishing The Fly Forum, based in Aberdeenshire,  Scotland

Goolager

Turning Rod Handles
« on: June 25, 2011, 02:17:14 AM »
Looking to build my first rod this Autumn/ winter and decided that the softly softly catchy monkey approach is the way to go as I see there is a lot of kit to buy. I don't want to rush things or try to get by without decent tools as I plan to bite the bullet and spend a bit of cash on a decent blank even if it is my first attempt.

1st job is to build a RHW handle. Clamping tool should be a piece of cake to fab but what about the mandrel for setting in a lathe? Is there a standard sized hole drilled in each cork section & what is the recommended mandrel diameter? obviously a decent snug fit is required to prevent the handle spinning on it during forming.

Hopefully contacts will allow access to a lathe but if not what would be a suitable RPM & power rating of motor to allow forming without stalling out or rotating too slowly as to hinder a decent 'grind'?  Only throwing ideas about in my head but thinking about making some form of jig to satisfy the handle forming, wrapping & epoxying. Maybe variable single phase motor, urethane rollers, etc, etc.

Not trying to be smart - just want to make things as easy as possible so as not to make a pigs lug of it.

Iain



Sandy Nelson

Re: Turning Rod Handles
« Reply #1 on: June 25, 2011, 02:53:44 AM »
Iain

We are heading home later this year, enough is enough, (but thats another story :wink)
So aiming for Alford :z16 to be our base for the foreseeable :z12
Once the shipping catches us up i'll have all my gear back with us if you need to borrow things like rod turners etc :z16

As for your question.
I clamp the cork rings onto a threaded bar using a wing nut and washer at either end, the bar is a similar diameter to the original hole in the rings, i can measure it later for you :z16, then once the glues dries, i turn it with an electric drill to the required shape. once finished i take it off and ream it to the correct size, a bit like making my own preformed handles, but it makes things easier sort if you muck a bit up. :z18

Sandy
John Geirach 1999 "Millions of trout have died of old age before i could catch them and there's not a damn thing i can do about that"

Matt Henderson

Re: Turning Rod Handles
« Reply #2 on: June 25, 2011, 12:46:23 PM »
Welcome to the dark side!

From memory the cork comes with a 6mm hole in it. You can then either glue them together and clamp them as Sandy described or ream them to fit the blank, glue them and then slide the blank out before the glue dries. If you do it that way then you need to build up your mandrel using masking tape or similar.  if you don't ream them out first then a tapered reamer can be made out of an old rod wrapped in emery cloth. Look at david norwich's website for the videos of how he does it. 

If you make your own turner type thing then perhaps a jaw type chuck at either end would be a good idea as it would centre the blank/madrel perfectly.

Goolager

Re: Turning Rod Handles
« Reply #3 on: June 25, 2011, 13:39:18 PM »
Thanks Girls  :z16

Matt, I'm gunna go for glueing the rings together on a parallel mandrel as Sandy described. Also wandered if your electric drill jig/ method was any good at drilling the counterbore in the end cork to accept the reel seat ferrule thingy? if noy what do you use?

Iain

Goolager

Re: Turning Rod Handles
« Reply #4 on: June 25, 2011, 13:43:44 PM »
Quote
Finally got my bench mounted lathe thingmy bobber today

I'm looking online & in ScottishAds for a second hand wood turning lathe at the mo.  Mattheus for my info. where did you get your above jig from? (I can wait 'till your finished fishing though) :wink

Iain

Matt Henderson

Re: Turning Rod Handles
« Reply #5 on: June 25, 2011, 16:40:45 PM »
Bonjour Iain,

Was fishing yesterday at Middle Blackhall, the ghillie was a real character. Lovely scenery, water was dropping nicely. Saw one salmon/sea trout rise all day, Had two small brownies and that was it. Tried everything from an inch long copper monkey on a full sinker to a full floating line and no sinktip with a tiny stoats tail and everything in between to no avail.
Beats below had three and four respectively! What a pest!

Anyways, lathe thingy bobber was from axminster tools.  I married up the corl ring to the ferrule bitty and drew round it and then using a new craft knife blade cut out the cork and then smoothed it out using a barrel/drum sander you get them to use with a dremmel but will fit in a drill chuck no problem. Alternatively you can get a hole saw that matches the diameter of the ferrule bitty with an extension to guide it into the 6mm hole.

I've got a book I can lend you (don't worry there are lots of pictures) and I would recommend joining the rodbuildingforum.com

Cheers

Matt

Goolager

Re: Turning Rod Handles
« Reply #6 on: June 26, 2011, 00:10:40 AM »
Corks and glue ordered  :z16

 :oops the pressure's on

Matt, I think I prefer to broach the hole as I think on a slim RHW handle the resultant wall thickness may be quite thin and easily mucked up by a ham fisted bap like me.

How would you do it Sandy?

Iain

Sandy Nelson

Re: Turning Rod Handles
« Reply #7 on: June 26, 2011, 01:22:48 AM »
Iain

the recess..... I position the hood against the cork, centered and draw round the circumference with a pencil.
Then I cut the hole with a Razor blade removing the cork in very small segments around the circumference
I've always found this gives me good control for making the hood a nice tight fit, it also provides a great rough surface
for the epoxy to bond with. Time consuming.. Yes but easier than finding the right drill bit :z16

sandy
John Geirach 1999 "Millions of trout have died of old age before i could catch them and there's not a damn thing i can do about that"

Irvine Ross

Re: Turning Rod Handles
« Reply #8 on: June 26, 2011, 10:08:44 AM »
if you don't ream them out first then a tapered reamer can be made out of an old rod wrapped in emery cloth. Look at david norwich's website for the videos of how he does it. 


Ian

You can buy ready made tapered reamers in 3 sizes from Guides & Blanks.

I took the easy way out as I have no experience of using a lathe. I reckoned that at the rate I build rods it's unlikely that I will ever become very good at turning handles. So I just asked the nice Mr Norwich to make it for me and to make the recess for the reel seat which he supplied.

I have a hand turned thread winder for whipping on the rings. I can't see myself using it for a good while so if you want to borrow it to see how you get on with it you are welcome.

Irvine

Goolager

Re: Turning Rod Handles
« Reply #9 on: June 26, 2011, 12:37:20 PM »
Thanks so far guys - I've spent as much time as I could over the last day and a bit trolling through previous posts on this and other forums/ you tube/ Mr Norwichs' site etc. and there is a wealth of knowledge out there.

I guess the threader is 'a ways off' at the moment but thanks for the kind offer Irvine.

Sandy, I've an idea of three blanks which have been spinning around my head for a while;

1) TCX 9' 4wt 4 piece
2) VXP 9' 4wt 4 piece
3) TXL-F (or TXL) 7' 10" 1wt

corks I've ordered have a 5/16" bore which will suit a Slim RHW handle so it'd be either 1 or 2 and I'd say I'll end up opting for the VXP. I have the whipping thread colours in my mind already and handle make up design but don't know which reel insert to go for yet. David Norwich suggests that recoil rings wear quicker than the 'standard' any comments?

Iain

OH by the way - no fly keeper planned.


Matt Henderson

Re: Turning Rod Handles
« Reply #10 on: June 26, 2011, 13:30:25 PM »
Ref the hook keeper it's your choice! On guides and blanks you can get some lighter weight metal reel seat inserts. Made by REC IIRC. Mine should be waiting for me at work tomorrow!

Sandy Nelson

Re: Turning Rod Handles
« Reply #11 on: June 26, 2011, 13:43:30 PM »
Iain

recoil tip rings wear out fast :shock but the intermediates last as well as anything else :z16
I'd use single leg recoils  and always do, but use a standard round eye tip :z16

lots of nice blanks out there , the TCX is worth building I could bring mine back in the summer if you fancy a play :z16

I've just finished a 99 4wt for the loch and spiders and Czech nymph and it's really sweet on the grass :z16
looking forward to getting it out in a few weeks.


Sandy
John Geirach 1999 "Millions of trout have died of old age before i could catch them and there's not a damn thing i can do about that"

Matt Henderson

Re: Turning Rod Handles
« Reply #12 on: June 26, 2011, 15:34:46 PM »
Reference a lathe and a wrapper, they're not essential. In the olden days my dad made rod handles using a rasp and sandpaper once the cork was on the blank. Also I don't have a wrapping jig, I wrap the sections sitting on the sofa with the thread running under a heavy book to maintain the tension. Simples!

Irvine Ross

Re: Turning Rod Handles
« Reply #13 on: June 26, 2011, 17:03:59 PM »
Reference a lathe and a wrapper, they're not essential. In the olden days my dad made rod handles using a rasp and sandpaper once the cork was on the blank. Also I don't have a wrapping jig, I wrap the sections sitting on the sofa with the thread running under a heavy book to maintain the tension. Simples!

I use to wrap the rings that way too. The advantage of the wrapping jig is you can get up and leave the rod and thread under tension half way through a wrap to answer the door or the phone or any other thing that can't wait. I find it's quicker too.

Irvine

Matt Henderson

Re: Turning Rod Handles
« Reply #14 on: June 26, 2011, 22:59:13 PM »
Irvine,

Surely those are all things that the wife should be doing?


 





Forum moderators : Mike Barrio - Hamish Young - Sandy Nelson


Barrio Fly Lines, designed in Scotland ... Cast with confidence all over the world

Barrio Fly Lines - www.flylineshop.com - At the heart of your fishing ..... lies a great fly line!



Copyright www.fishingthefly.co.uk all rights reserved


Please click here to read our cookies and privacy information before using our website forum