Category Archives: Ring

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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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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Front End Ring

Since my new reel design has a fixed spindle, it requires a front end ring instead of a full front end plate. Here is the sequence of steps to produce a thin end ring for a raised pillar reel. Starting … Continue reading

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Raised Pillar Rings, all over again

On Feb. 3, 2011 I made a post on the fabrication of raised pillar rings. Now I am working on a new design that needs similar parts, and I am reminded of how demanding it is to get these right. … Continue reading

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End Rings

To fabricate nickel silver end rings, you have to neatly silver solder the flange to the web, then machine. But for aluminum end rings, you can find heavy wall tubing. I was able to get 3/8 wall tubing from Speedy … Continue reading

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