The North Branch Reels metal shop is not yet back in operation after its relocation from Michigan to New Mexico. I have unpacked almost all the moving boxes and built two new workbenches.
Here you see the mill on one bench, waiting to be lifted onto its chip pan. The elephant in the room is a large woodworking project that is occupying the second bench (foreground). The metal shop will wait until this is finished.
So I have had little new blog material for some time. This seems to be a good time to go through the drawings for my current reel design, which I will refer to as the “Bronze Frame Reel”. Over the past two years I have made many posts about these reels. It may be called “Reel 44” in some places.
The drawings to come describe two reel sizes, which I designate as “5 weight” and “3 weight”. They originally appeared in this blog on 29 May 2014 and 14 July 2014.
Here are the two sizes of front end ring. I have been making them from c544 bronze, which is available only as round bar stock. You can buy 2.5 inch diameter from On Line Metals. For 3 inch diameter, go to a specialist metal supplier like Farmers Copper.
Handling and sawing the large diameter rod stock is difficult; you might consider making the part from brass flat bar.
Dates of earlier blog posts on making this part:
17 May 2015, 24 Feb 2015, 11 Dec 2014, 30 Sept 2014, 12 July 2012, 12 Nov 2011
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