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Chalk line to set guides?

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Has anyone tried using a chalk line to establish the centerline for guides?

 

Obviously establishing the centerline is easy on a two piece rod, but I have to admit I'm struggling with a 11' single piece rod I'm building.

 

Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.

 

Thank you all in advance,

 

Pete

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Getting the first guide straight with the reel seat is the trick. Once you get that , looking down the rod with the guides facing down will make it easy to align the rest. I find I have to put a reel in the reel seat to get that first guide lined up.

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A laser line would seem like a good idea and I have thought about making one up that would secure into a reel seat.

There is one problem that I can think of is that it assumes the blank is perfectly straight. My eyes are still good and I prefer to eyeball them.

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I have a Renzetti laser attachment on my lathe. it attaches permanently and is then lined up with the center of the lathe bed. Anyway , i found it had very limited utility. Kind of a waste of money.

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I use a knive blade and scratch a line, when you put the finish on the line goes away. Don't use a pencil. You can line up the reelseat, and crosswrap that way. Once you have the crosswrap on you can eyeball the rest.

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