Nice! Looks like it was inspired by the Danielsson reels!Finally got this family Christmas project all finished up. Now my little caddis fly has a proper perch.
This was much more complex and time consuming than I anticipated. Really far too much involved for a family homemade gift exchange. I sped it up by eyeballing most of the layouts and not trying to get everything exactly symmetrical and perfect. And I hardly sanded anything much past 80 grit except the main reel faces.
I decided that I would excercise artistic license/freedom to make a rendition of a fly reel rather than make a perfectly precise and technical fly reel. As it was, it took 3 and a half days to complete.
It is made of Claro walnut, African blackwood for the know and foot and some left over bits of damascus.
I don’t remember. I don’t live near stores so i snagged it off something and saved it for later.nice work ! just curious, where did you source the metal ring for the dangler ?
It was a loose copy of a cheap reel from my 4 wt. TFO. But that reel is likely a copy of a Danielson.Nice! Looks like it was inspired by the Danielsson reels!
(My other passion is flyfishing so I recognized the triangular frame).
Taz, I just started messing around with doing some fabric laminates, and I built my molds out of 1” thick HDPE. Screwed studs into it so I can bolt the mold together or apart. Epoxy won’t stick to HDPE so there is no need for a release agent. I built a 28”x10”x6” mold for about $200. I seal it up with hot melt glue, and press it in a manual hydraulic press. Works pretty slick.Its funky stuff for sure! If I cut from the side of the block, the colors are thinner wavy lines. From the top and bottom its more of a swirl/camo pattern. I gotta weld up a better mold. Used bread pans for these, but they bowed out under the pressure, so I got more air bubbles than usual in these last 2 batches. Probably going to do a 7x11" mold so I can get a 6x10 block after trimming and a smaller mold 4x6 to get enough for 2 handles. The larger molds use a lot of epoxy!
Yeah, I tried various pans and containers and it’s surprisingly easy to wreck stuff with a press. I do get some warping in the mold, being plastic and all. I put some 2x8 boards under it to give it a bit more support.I have nice thick metal molds for larger batches, but tried bread pans for smaller batches. Doesn't do too well versus a 6 ton press! I may have to play with some hdpe one of these days! I put the fabric soaked in epoxy into ziplock freezer bags and then into the mold. I leave one corner open to let the excess air and epoxy seep out into a waiting tray as it gets pressed down.
What bandsaw blades are you running? I’ve been eating them up like crazy, Micarta, G-Carta, and my stuff are all real hard on blades. I have been using a tablesaw with a carbide blade but it wastes a lot from the kerf.I got one of the Lizard Skins molds at WoodCraft...blew it out without much effort! LOL. I have 2 ton and 6 ton (and a 20 ton) bottle jack I use in my press. The 2 ton works well for stacked layers, or burlap or carbon fiber, the 6 ton works well with fabrics when I do camo since it may be rippled over more. I finally found a bandsaw blade that cuts the stuff well and has kept it's edge through a few blocks so far!
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Managed to get a couple folders done. It seems like the learning never stops…
Man that's nice. I like that a lot.Just finished this custom Sparrow up View attachment 82028View attachment 82029
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Looks great man!Just finished this custom Sparrow up View attachment 82028View attachment 82029
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I learned I need to revisit my backspacer op 2 program. For some reason it has incorrectly chamfered one of my spacers and scrapped a part. Basically I learned I need to learn more.Look amazing! What did you learn this go around?