Great stuff Neil.
I used some Dormer Super Cut cutting oil which is extremely viscous and sticks to stuff just like grease.When you spun the brass did you use any kind of grease or tallow on the the form tool?
It is all a one piece unit that is a press fit onto the sideplate of the cage that will be secured by 3 or 4 riveted countersunk screws. I would have liked to have screwed them together but I have to be able to strip the reel down for the finishing process. I will try and post an exploded view of all the components when I get it finished.How is the main shaft fitted to the spun bearing housing, is it a press fit?
It’s just a Canon EOS 1000D which is the entry level EOS. I usually have it set to Auto/Macro to save fiddling about with greasy fingers.Your photography is really nice too, what camera is it?
To be honest I just used a tool bit lying around that I use to undercut screws. The base of the groove is flat with round corners. I maybe should have ground up a new tool especially for the job.I notice the form tool for the bearing groove looks to be a different radius to the ball bearings, is that intentional for point contact?
How do you plan to finish the reel to avoid corrosion?
How did you keep the bearings in place while you spun them?