Author Archives: dave49

Compliance Reduction

The problem that I am having with my MiniLathe is that the support of the cutting tool is too compliant. It is really disconcerting when a cut-off blade dives under the workpiece. Chatter is a problem with all types of … Continue reading

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Cutting a Steep Taper

I want to make a special brass washer, flat on one side and conical on the other. The stock is 7/16 inch diameter brass, and the cone angle is 60 degrees from parallel to the stock rod axis. It is … Continue reading

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Leo’s Reels

Leo is good at English composition (as well as many other things) so I will just post his Email as sent. “Hi Dave My name is Leo, I’m from Germany, been fly fishing for the second year now. Last fall, … Continue reading

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Gerrit’s Vise

In addition to making reels, I have dabbled with rod ferrules and reel seat hardware. Gerrit (The Netherlands) has found yet another project for the home shop machinist, fly tying vises. This is a beautiful design and execution. I wonder … Continue reading

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One Piece Spool, Again

This post is not so much about how to make a one piece spool (topic covered June 2013) as it is about a comparison of two types of metal lathe available to hobbyists. I now have both a MiniLathe (China … Continue reading

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Fitting Reel Foot to Seat II

This post is additional material to my post of 15 June 2015. In that post, I did not say enough about the interface of the reel foot and the reel seat sliding ring. Here again I am discussing “cap and … Continue reading

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Cool Air

We moved to New Mexico last November, and up until a month ago the climate seemed quite pleasant. But June and July here means daily highs of 95 to 100F, and I found that too warm for working in my … Continue reading

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