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Electroless Nickel

I showed this reel in a 13 June 2020 post (A “Perfect” Reel Configuration), with all the interior shots. But the anodize process for the frame and spool had failed, so it was not very attractive. I tried stripping the … Continue reading

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Terry’s Reel #6

This is my friend Terry’s most recent reel project. The intended use is steelhead and salmon fishing with heavy tippets. Photo of the finished reel. This reel is 3.75 inch in diameter and is patterned after a Hardy Marquis #9, … Continue reading

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Improved Cutting?

I received a lengthy technical education at Purdue University, and as an astute organization they keep track of me in case I might make them some future bequest. So I get regular bulletins from them covering research activities. One of … Continue reading

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Reel #5 by Terry

This one is a 3.5 inch trout reel, similar in design to previous work by Terry, but an improvement in details. This view of the back of the spool shows the Delrin ratchet, which is one piece with the bushing. … Continue reading

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Reel #4 by Terry, Trout Size

Another reel by Terry from Idaho. He has been busy designing and making one-off reels for his own use. I think this one is just slightly larger than his first reel. Pictures and captions below by Terry. Here a 1-1/4” … Continue reading

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Third Round, Lathe Bit Grind

In two earlier posts, I have shown tool rests that I made for my 6 inch grinder to help with lathe bit grinding. These have been satisfactory for grinding the end and side cutting edges, but are inadequate support for … Continue reading

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A Salmon Reel

This is the work of my friend Terry, for whom I have shown two other designs. It is a 4.5 inch diameter reel for “big game”. Terry has several decades of experience with salmon fishing including regular visits to Alaska … Continue reading

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Terry’s Second Reel

Terry is bamboo rod maker in Idaho. In June I posted pictures of his first reel. Now he has produced a 2.25 inch diameter reel for a 5 foot bamboo rod. This is about as simple and straightforward as a … Continue reading

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Anodizing Temperature Control

DIY anodizing of aluminum parts is a practical process for home shop reel makers. These earlier posts provide background: Technical Data on Anodizing. Water Cooled Cathode Cool water I anodize reel parts in a 32 ounce polypropylene jar, and the … Continue reading

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Chuck Spider

I finally sold my Sherline lathe, my first machine tool. I could do this because I have made enough upgrades and fixtures for my newer minilathe to produce all reel parts with just it and my mill. The last consideration … Continue reading

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