DIY: Fly Tying Bench from the new guy
Posted January 26 2010 - 12:09 AM
I am brand new to fly tying. Got a vise from my dear family for Christmas and picked up some tools and limited materials and I am now getting started. Was told that being organized is very important so I decided to make a fly tying tabletop station/bench.
Here are some images for anyone that would like to make one or get an idea. It is relatively large at 28"x18" because I intend to just keep at home and use on either one of the few tables in the house. I still need to get a light that I will put in the top right corner and also some materials, the only fly I can make right now is a woolly bugger which is good practice. I have tied a bunch and I like it very much.
I haven't drilled all of the holes on the sides yet because I don't know what the diameters of the tools I will be buying in the future.
The wood is mostly maple. I used a bit of red oak for the shelf and then top shelf with the bigger holes. I made sure there is an opening in the back for the light plug and wire. Underneath the shelf can be used for storage.
Best of all, my two boys (3 and 5) helped me build the bench with me last weekend. They did a lot of gluing and they also liked putting in the thread holders and banging those in.
I am considering some enhancements such as a magnetic strip on the inside part of the sides and possibly some type of white surface on the wood base. I also need some felt and maybe rubber feet on the bottom so I do not scratch up any furniture.
Take a look and let me know what you think. Also recommend some starter saltwater and freshwater flies I should learn and try out. Any suggestions or advice, let me know.
Posted January 26 2010 - 12:46 AM
Posted January 26 2010 - 12:48 AM
Some random (simple) flies I have enjoyed tying:
- Mickey Finn, Black Nosed Dace, Black Ghost (some use same hooks as the woolly bugger and have minimal cost of body materials)
- Gold ribbed Hare's Ear Nymph, Bead head Hare's Ear Nymph, or similar
Posted January 26 2010 - 12:50 AM
VERY classy!! You do nice work.
Your HMH vise has a nice tapered base. I guess that is a new addition to the newer vises. Mine is not tapered.
I hope you can keep your table neater than I keep mine.
Posted January 26 2010 - 12:53 AM
Posted January 26 2010 - 6:53 AM
Posted January 26 2010 - 8:55 AM
Your going to have to build one more.
Then send it to me
Very Nice Charlie!!!!
Let me know what materials cost and S&H. LOL!
Posted January 26 2010 - 9:38 AM
Posted January 26 2010 - 9:45 AM
Posted January 26 2010 - 10:09 AM
Posted January 26 2010 - 10:41 AM
Originally Posted by kross57
Super job. You can protect the surface of the bench and improve visibility with a sheet of blotter paper. Comes in a variety of colors which makes a nice backdrop for tying - easier on the eyes.
Posted January 26 2010 - 5:17 PM
Posted January 27 2010 - 2:20 PM
my desk always looks good after i clean it
5 fly's later..... thats another story
Posted January 27 2010 - 2:27 PM
But if you don't seal it, urethane would work fine, it could warp which would ruin the whole thing - and would be a real shame
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