Category Archives: Plans

Bronze Frame Reel – Rear End Plate

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

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Bronze Frame Reel – Front End Ring

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

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Reel 37 Click Hardware

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.

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Reel 37 Crank Hardware

These parts are all made from c792 nickel silver, a free machining alloy. The “cup” keeps tippet from getting wound around the knob pin.

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Reel 37 Pawl

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

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Reel 37 Bushing, Knob

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

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Reel 37 Spindle

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.

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Reel 37 Spool

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

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Reel 37 Foot

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

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Reel 37 Frame

This is a difficult part; there are many operations and a correspondingly high possibility of making an error that will force a start-over. A step-by-step pictorial is in an earlier post of 10 June 2013, “One Piece Frame”. All the … Continue reading

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