Skill and more, time is irrelevant in a labour of love. I'm feeling terrible that the two reels I started 14 years ago I never completed. Had the bodies & spools chromed in a company in Larkhall and never got round to fitting the spindles, feet and all the other parts. Had the chance a 5 years ago to complete them but I was always to busy. Well done so far BZ.
Thanks to everybody for your kind comments and encouragement
I suppose I should have taken a more accurate measurement of the time taken so far but I reckon in the region of 50 hours to date. I have spent hundreds of additional hours sourcing tools and materials, mostly on e-bay. I am also hindering myself a bit by not using a milling machine as the setting up to change between milling and turning takes a bit of time.
I am really enjoying the project and looking forward to getting a line on it. I hope that it also gives people an insight into what is involved in making a bench made reel and hopefully encourage a few people to have a go at making their own.
There are quite a few excellent reel makers out there. I had some Bogden copies made when living in London....they are still going strong! [I have heard somewhere that someone in the Glasgow area is making Bogdan replicas]
Blue Zulu, I only came across this tonight & to say its brilliant is an understatement. I served my time as a Fitter/Turner in Dounreay & could relate to every step. Only thing is the last time I use a dividing head was back in 1982 (I was still an Apprentice. Honest!). Anyway, I will be following this until the end & can't wait to see the finished goods. Might even invest in a lathe & milling machine for the garage. Ha! Ha!.
BZ if you are looking for tooling for future projects give me a PM and I may have the bits you need. I have some end mills slot drills, drills, reamers,Lathe tools etc. No machines of my own unfortunately.
Thanks for the kind offer SammySalmon I will have a think through what gear I will need to finish the reel and let you know if I am stuck for anything. In the meantime I would love to get the contact details for the Platers in Larkhall you mentioned on another thread just in case my home anodising doesn’t go to plan.
I decided to make the winding plate out of Delrin to match the spool. I was a bit worried that the thin disk of Delrin would not be up to the task so I needed a way of strengthening it. I decided to make a serpentine shaped handle that would provide the strength and then the Delrin would just be a cover plate bearing no load.
Clean up some 4” Alloy and turn a small boss to secure to spindle and part as deep as possible prior to sawing off by hand
Drill and Tap
Saw by hand and face to thickness
Mark out the serpentine shape
Saw roughly to shape
File to shape
Turning and threading the counterweight before parting off and chamfering
Turn, chamfer, drill and counterbore the Delrin for the handle
Turning a flat disk of Delrin on a mandrel
Completed winding plate assembly
I’ve still got lots to do but couldn’t resist a sneak preview
abosolultely wonderful sbs
as longchuck has already said
one of the most enjoyable threads i have ever followed on the forum
many thanks for sharing it with us all
To land a salmon on your own tied fly is one thing but to have your own fly and reel and land a fish with it now thats something else
Your a very talented guy Neil, can't wait to see it finished and may it bring you great enjoyment to use
Would I be right in assuming the check wont actually work as it stands though?
Unless Im missing something when you turn the brass tensioner screw clockwise it will be locked in the brass screw housing, anti-clockwise it will come out of the reel cage. I also cant see a means of retaining the thread in the reel cage?
I would expect to see some kind of circlip on the inside of the cage to allow the srew to remain in situ while turning and the brass thread housing to be a smooth bored with a shoulder running in it, that way the tension arm will move up and down as the screw is turned and nothing else. Is this work still to be done?
You know me well enough to know Im not nit picking, just curious at what stage your at or what other way you planning to make the check work