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Old 03-06-2013, 09:27 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Koldkut was nice enough to volunteer to help a few of us learn to build rods, so March 1 was set as the weekend we would do it. The plan was to get a few folks together for Friday night and Saturday and each build a rod. Prior to the weekend, Riv and I built wrappers and we also got a couple drying motors mounted for finishing.

We started after some foods and a beer...'round 7pm. Night one would be spent mounting handles and seats. It seams this is about half of the build. Drew cuts down the learning curve by a ton and putting on the handles was complete by around midnight. Here are the pics of night 1.



blanks and a few builds of KK's


Riv and I each built on this blank. MHX Med Heavy Salt, Mod fast action 7'6"


Tape marks everything on the handle build. Also, I bored my butt cap a bit too much so the lower tape is a "shim"


Butt cap installed and seat/upper handle marked


A one piece reel seat was cut in two and modified with a dremmel. This is the bottom piece


Handles reemed and bottom piece of seats mounted.


Our fearless teacher


A-town Ken prepping some handle glue


And the final product from Friday night. Both drying and ready for guides


Saturday Morning was a bit slow going.. Riv was complaining about being tired and whatnot, and he smelled... but he proceeded to start wrapping guides... he chose silver wraps, I chose pearl wraps with a black/silver trim piece. Ken went with zebra thread in black/gray and Marbles went with metalic blue.

Wrapping the rods was a blast IMO... maybe that is because of my experience tying flies... don't know, but I really enjoyed it.



close up of a Riv's work


close up of my wraps


Marbles installing his reel seat


Riv's rod on the dryer


Riv's detail work between the split grip



My rod on the dryer


Kenny's rod ready for finish


Finished product.


I must say, having Drew walk you through your first build is SO important. There are so many things he has figured out that he verbalizes well. The little details on the builds seem to be the most important. Mistakes to avoid, options to consider, and little tricks that make the whole process easier are all constantly being thrown at you with him around. I really can't thank him enough for giving us nearly an entire weekend.

I will definitely keep building my own rods. Just like tying flies, you get to make what YOU want rather than using whatever works for everyone else. Not mandatory, but sure is nice. Thanks again Drew.
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very kewl... they all look great!
had fun doing it too i bet
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It was a good time, all the items I was most concerned with were tackled nicely. I'm sure Marbles will think twice before reaming handles like that again That must have taken him over an hour to get both pieces done...
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It was a good time, all the items I was most concerned with were tackled nicely. I'm sure Marbles will think twice before reaming handles like that again That must have taken him over an hour to get both pieces done...
I am thinking a drill mount for the tool is a good idea for any grip... kinda suprised you don'thave that set up! I may have my buddy Joe turn a metal insert that will mount right into the reeming tool... if I do, I will have him make you one.
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I am thinking a drill mount for the tool is a good idea for any grip... kinda suprised you don'thave that set up! I may have my buddy Joe turn a metal insert that will mount right into the reeming tool... if I do, I will have him make you one.
Power reamers have their place, but mostly in production shops where they have reamers set to the exact taper of each blank they are building on, and even then, holding a grip while the tool turns makes it even more difficult to power ream with a perfectly centered hole, they tend to ream off-center. I've done it before, but I prefer to do them one at a time, new sandpaper on my reamers would make a huge difference. And then there is the reamer grit method to try....I had a set I bought, I may try again, just have to buy the grit and glue it on a spare piece of rod.
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Big thanks to drew. I used my rod the day after, and it is high :titties:
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Bout time you turd farmers figured it out! Now you can have any rod for half of what you would pay if someone else assembeled it.
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Thats pimpin
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Hell yeah! Looks sweet.

what are those rods going to be used for? Crankn,pitchin, swimbaits...
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Hell yeah! Looks sweet.

what are those rods going to be used for? Crankn,pitchin, swimbaits...
Mine is a 7'6 MHX. I will be tossin big topwater, big jerks, big spinnerbaits, and smaller/med swimbaits. Maybe some larger fluke/tubes.
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