New custom tool for the bench

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New custom tool for the bench

Post by Creamer » Wed Aug 17, 2016 7:41 am

At a fishing show last winter I saw a rotating "fly wheel" tool to temporarily house partially or completely finished flies as they come off the vise. I wanted one but wasn't about to shell out $90 for one. I finally got around to making my own. The only tree in our yard I actually liked, a spruce I think, died last winter.

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I saved a chunk off the base and kept it in the shed for a few months until I had time to work on it.

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Getting the piece cut down and the knots rounded down was the toughest part of the project. Once I got it perfectly cylindrical the lathe work was pretty easy.

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It's a long way from perfect but for the first attempt I thought it turned out ok. I was worried about the piece splitting and it has a little even after I hit it hard with sealer. All told, I think I have about $35 in this one and enough material (minus the $4 lazy Susan) to build another one.

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Of course I had to add the antler base for a turning knob.

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Re: New custom tool for the bench

Post by Ginseng Sullivan » Wed Aug 17, 2016 8:07 am

Nice job. turning a log into a cylinder will sure teach you some geometry.

I hope it doesn't check too bad.

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Re: New custom tool for the bench

Post by fatman » Wed Aug 17, 2016 8:13 am

Creamer wrote: All told, I think I have about $35 in this one and enough material (minus the $4 lazy Susan) to build another one.
you forgot to factor in the cost of the lathe :wink

nice piece
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Re: New custom tool for the bench

Post by Creamer » Wed Aug 17, 2016 8:30 am

fatman wrote:
Creamer wrote: All told, I think I have about $35 in this one and enough material (minus the $4 lazy Susan) to build another one.
you forgot to factor in the cost of the lathe :wink

nice piece
Na, that money came out of dad's pocket. He's the lathe owner. I rented.

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Re: New custom tool for the bench

Post by Bigguy » Wed Aug 17, 2016 10:41 pm

:cool Pretty cool!

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Re: New custom tool for the bench

Post by befuddled » Fri Aug 19, 2016 8:40 am

when I saw the handle I was soooo hoping you made a hand turned dubbing blender.

Very cool work
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