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Plans for making homemade jig

post #1 of 22
Thread Starter 

Do you know anyone who might have a set of plans for building a homemade wrapping/drying jig? While I know in the long run that it would be worth the investment, I just can't see dropping $700 on a Clemen's unit right now. It seems that it might be possible to make a homemade jig for under $100.


[This message has been edited by Mark (edited 06-07-2001).]
post #2 of 22
I made a very simple one out of 1"x6"'s, a little felt, an eye screw and a BBQ rotisserie. Total cost was under $20. It's not a power wrapper or anything with ball bearing wheels and all that, but it works fine for me, especially if you don't intend on turning out 10 rods a week. Sounds like you want something more complicated, but if you want an idea of what I did I'll send you a PowerPoint sketch. Mike
post #3 of 22
Mike... would you be kind enough to share the PPT file with me, as well? Someday, I can see me trying my hand at a small assortment of rods. Thanks...

post #4 of 22

If you don't mind...I'll take one too.

John E

[This message has been edited by John E (edited 06-07-2001).]
post #5 of 22
Yeah, no problem. It's basic but it works for me. If you have any questions feel free to ask. I'm sure they'll be a few, definitely Powerpoint challenged. Mike
post #6 of 22
I bought an old sewing machine at a yard sale and used the motor and pedal control. Made a chuck from a pvc pipe end cap and used shower doors rollers for the suport on the other end. Cost about 30 bucks and I have built a bunch of rods on it.
post #7 of 22
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the offer. I have a homemade hand wrapper that sounds very similar to the one you described. As you indicated, I was hoping to build something a little more complex, something that could be used for power wrapping/drying and turning my own cork handles. I build 1-2 rods/month so I don't want to sink a lot of cash into it. I was thinking along the lines of a grainger motor, roller blades wheels, a thread tension device, and hardware to fit the main components into a fully adjustable 8' wood or aluminum bed. I'm probably getting in way over my head.
post #8 of 22
Mark, homebrewing a more sophisticated, powered setup is certainly doable; there's quite a few decent homemade wrapping lathes pictured in Clemens "Advanced Custom Rodbuilding" book which will give you plenty of ideas, but that's about as far as it will go. As you'll quickly notice, no two of them are very nearly the same. It's mostly done by guys who are pretty resourceful at adapting quite the variety of "found" or familiar and available (to them) materials, have pretty decent shop facilities and design their own details to fit with their available resources.

[This message has been edited by Bill Klein (edited 06-08-2001).]
post #9 of 22
I would think that a couple of rods per month would justify the clemens lathe pretty quick. For simple wrapping a home made should be fine but for turning handles , you'll need something substantial and I bet it will cost a few hundred even to make it yourself.

[This message has been edited by Saltheart (edited 06-08-2001).]
post #10 of 22
Thread Starter 
Bill and Saltheart:

The more I think about it, the more I think you guys are right. Going with a commercial lathe would probably make a lot more sense after you consider both time and materials that would go into building a good homemade version.

Thanks, Mark
post #11 of 22
Hey Mike,

It has been along time but do you still have a copy of the plans to build a home made rod dryer that you talked about back in 2001? OR does anyone else have a good beginners set. I have a BBQ motor and want to build a simple one to do a few rods and repair the guids on some others.

post #12 of 22
Mark, here's what I built out of 1x6 and 1x3 poplar. It cost about $70 for the wood, and would be cheaper if done in fir or pine. I just looked at some of the ones for sale at various places, and kind of went from there. It works great for wrapping, and I bought a seperate motor and stand for drying. This allows me to continue wrapping while I have something turning on the dryer.

post #13 of 22
That looks like a work of art. My question would be , with the cost of the wood and all the time needed to do the precision work , is it worth it compared to just buying something? I don't mean compared to a full Clemens system but there are many premade lower cost systems out there.

just a question , i really do think you did a great job based on the pictures above.
post #14 of 22
It took me about three days to build, using only a circular saw and a jig saw. The closest thing that I saw to it was about $159. I wanted to tailor this to building surf rods, where some of the top sections are 7 ft. long. What I like about this is the ability to add or change it to whatever I need at the time. I plan on adding rollers and a motor sometime in the future.
post #15 of 22
That's a very nice homemade unit. Very nice.

There are plenty of options in commercially made units. The Pac Bay/American Tackle/Batson style rod lathe is selling for under $300 in many places. It's a pretty decent unit and is probably the most popular and best seller on the market today. Just another option to consider.

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