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DIY Gallows Tool

Posted: Sun May 31, 2015 8:35 am
by ScottP
Since I started tying Hacklestackers, I tried a bunch of different ways to hold the post loop while wrapping the hackle (never did get the hang of the mono loop on the finger like Mr. Quigley tied it). DIdn't feel like buying a gallows so I tried everything from bent coat-hangers to rubber bands on the Ott light that hangs over my vise. Rooting through the bins at Home Depot for another project, I found some nylon spacers that fit the vise shaft and figured they'd work as the base; just needed the right material for the hook part. Coat hangers are a bit thick and really don't have that much spring to them, same with all the spooled wire I could find. Thought about stuff like 304 spring steel wire, music wire, etc, then remembered the wire on those cheapy marker flags might work (grabbed one from the neighbor's yard - I'm sure they won't have any trouble finding those buried cables they're going to start digging around). The stuff is perfect - flexible, doesn't seem to have much memory, provides the right amount of tension, and is long enough that when it's bent and attached to the post loop, there's plenty of room to wrap the hackle without banging into it.

base - nylon spacer 3/8" I.D. x 1" x 3/8"
arm - 1/6" wire (from marker flag)
glue - 5 min epoxy

spacer; drill 1/16" hole

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flag (pull the flag off and clean up the wire with a little steel wool)

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bend end of the wire into a hook

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epoxy other end into the spacer

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slide it on the vise shaft and Bob's your uncle

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plenty of clearance for wrapping hackle

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finished product

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a better shot of the setup; the wire's about 20" long so it describes a decent-sized arc.

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total cost - $.50 for the spacer

Re: DIY Gallows Tool

Posted: Mon Jun 01, 2015 5:36 pm
by DizzyDean
here's some photos that might help you with the hackle part

https://rustyhooks.wordpress.com/2013/0 ... p-by-step/

Re: DIY Gallows Tool

Posted: Mon Jun 01, 2015 10:11 pm
by austrotard

Re: DIY Gallows Tool

Posted: Tue Jun 02, 2015 5:35 am
by ScottP
DizzyDean wrote:here's some photos that might help you with the hackle part

https://rustyhooks.wordpress.com/2013/0 ... p-by-step/
That's a real good SBS; think it was one of the sites I checked it out when I was trying to learn how to tie Hacklestackers. Never could get it right, using mono, Flexi-floss, Uni-stretch, poly, whatever - just couldn't get a clean handoff on the switch.

Re: DIY Gallows Tool

Posted: Tue Jun 02, 2015 2:14 pm
by DizzyDean

Re: DIY Gallows Tool

Posted: Tue Jun 02, 2015 2:47 pm
by DizzyDean
ScottP wrote:
DizzyDean wrote:here's some photos that might help you with the hackle part

https://rustyhooks.wordpress.com/2013/0 ... p-by-step/
That's a real good SBS; think it was one of the sites I checked it out when I was trying to learn how to tie Hacklestackers. Never could get it right, using mono, Flexi-floss, Uni-stretch, poly, whatever - just couldn't get a clean handoff on the switch.

your right hand acts as the gallows, it just holds stuff in place, your left hand goes around everything and does most of the work.

Re: DIY Gallows Tool

Posted: Tue Jun 02, 2015 3:30 pm
by yard4sale
DizzyDean wrote:
ScottP wrote:
DizzyDean wrote:here's some photos that might help you with the hackle part

https://rustyhooks.wordpress.com/2013/0 ... p-by-step/
That's a real good SBS; think it was one of the sites I checked it out when I was trying to learn how to tie Hacklestackers. Never could get it right, using mono, Flexi-floss, Uni-stretch, poly, whatever - just couldn't get a clean handoff on the switch.

your right hand acts as the gallows, it just holds stuff in place, your left hand goes around everything and does most of the work.
That's called the stranger. Same thing can be accomplished by sitting on your right hand first.

Re: DIY Gallows Tool

Posted: Tue Jun 02, 2015 6:14 pm
by DizzyDean
sounds vaguely familiar...