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View Post Only drawback will be when it's time to apply the finish. Will have to rotate the rod every few minutes by hand. At least for the first few hours.

 

 

GoBow, I twist the few rods that I build by hand and generate tension on the thread by running it through a phone book. I did the finish on my first two rods by turning by hand. It can be done with nice results but man! What a PIA especialy if you use a finish like aftcote which cures very slowly. There are some guys on Ebay that sell a simple homemade rod drying motor that they make in their basement. I got one "by it now" for $16 or something like that and have had good results with it. Look for one that is 4-6 rpm.

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I made this set of rod rollers out of furniture casters you can get at any hardware store. Just epoxy them into a hunk of wood so thery're almost touching and you're good to go.

 

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I just bought a drying setup from Pac Bay that had a motor, chuck,stand and everything else needed for drying for around $60 dollars.

 

If you google search for Pac Bay RW-1 Rodsmith Rod Dryer I am sure you can find a good price.

 

I have dried a couple rods by hand and you will learn that any money spent on a drying motor setup is well spent.

 

I also like the separate drying setup so my wrapping jig is free to start another rod on.

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I found some surf rods at a flea market last weekend.Price was right...almost nothing! They are wood...2 are 6 sided and 1 is round.The 2 6 sided ones are 10'...the.round one is 9'. Very interesting delmarva surf fishing relics.

The thread pattern on the round one is very nice....I am going to copy it on the next rod I build!

Any info about these rods would be of great interest to me!

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Erik...the 6 sided rods may be split cane and are collectable... From the looks, I say circa 1945, 1950...

 

The round rod could be greenheart, bethabara (sp?) or lance-wood...not sure how collectable...

 

May want to post on the Tackle Collectors forum...

 

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Steve caught a Drum on one of those in the early 80s later 70s. Think it was his Dads from long ago. He was also using a float rig and wearing that Clint Eastwood hat in a wet suit he used to have. I will have to scan a pic when I get home. First Drum I ever saw and memory is engrained forever. I think he also had a Squidder on that wooden rod.

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Just finished a 1502 mudhole for someone and casted it yesterday. Iam not sure how they can rate this thing up to 16oz'sheadscratch.gif . Seemed very loose at the tip. Have another one to build and may trim a little off the tip.

 

I thought I have casted one before but do not remember being so loose...either it wasn't a 1502 or it was shaved at the tip...still like the casting characteristics but in no way will it cast the weight it says it will...8 and a chunk seemed good for the rod...probably will cast 10 and a chunk or a head ok...anything beyond that, IMO, may be just to much for the rod. Maybe I just like a stiffer rod.

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Well, here it is... my first rod build. Not pretty, but certainly functional. Learned quite a bit and already planning changes for the next one...

 

Boy it's hard to frame a photo of a surf rod...

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The tip is resting on the table and slightly flexing the rod. The guides and tip aren't perfect, but I'm not complaining.

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Gray underwrap and black over. Flex Coat high build finish.

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The specs are - 13'4" Allstar 1508, 4-10oz, blank was purchased from Fish Bucket. Thanks Kurt! Perma Gloss finish over the tip section, Fuji Alconites, 8 + tip. Cast a 5oz lacrosse ball 113 yds today. The rod loads easily and along the entire length. Reminds me of my HDX. Just about perfect for my granpa style of casting. wink.gif Can hardly wait to get it wet...

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