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The rear end plate has many details. I have been making this from C544 bronze rod, but c360 brass flat bar could also be used. For the 3 weight reel, the ratchet gear is too small diameter to allow a … Continue reading
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 … Continue reading
This is the last of the “Reel 37” drawings. A drill point dimple helps to distinguish the pawl pin from the two spring pins. The spring is easily bent with round nose pliers.
These parts are all made from c792 nickel silver, a free machining alloy. The “cup” keeps tippet from getting wound around the knob pin.
The acetal pawl is slightly asymmetric so that line payout is at higher resistance than retrieval. In earlier reel designs I put a spacing washer between the pawl and backplate, but this little washer was difficult to make. Here the … Continue reading
The bushing is pressed into the spool, and rides on a .2500 inch diameter spindle. For a good running fit, I finish the bushing bore with a “standard” 6.4 mm (0.252 inch) reamer. This is a close enough fit that … Continue reading
I have been making spindles from stainless shaft material, which is pre-ground to an accurate diameter and smooth finish. The screw that secures the spool is of c792 nickel silver (12% Ni) which is an excellent free machining material.
On fixed spindle reels like this, the knob and its counterweight attach directly to one face of the spool. So I have made the face flange thick enough to accept 4-40 screw threads. A step-by-step pictorial on making this part … Continue reading
The foot is entirely made on the mill, except that I use the lathe to turn a sanding mandrel for the bottom surface. For the many posts on machining the foot, go over to “Categories” at the right edge of … Continue reading