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Old 04-18-2013, 11:26 AM
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Default Re: Worth while to salvage on old, decent blank as a first project?

Those paper arbors are a bad thing, especially if they are not glued right. Here's what happened to a friend of mine. We fished in the rain and right in the middle of a cast, her reel came flying off and into the mud. The rain had swelled the paper arbor because the glue was done badly and it leaked. It swelled enough to crack the back of the seat which departed and sent the reel into the mud.

The cheapest way to go is masking tape arbors. Make sure they are BURIED in epoxy when you put the seat on. The best tape for thin arbors though is the fiberglass mesh tape for drywall. Get the epoxy all the way down to the blank through the tape. The best thing for thick arbors is graphite.They don't swell or move with humidity and getting wet, and are not going to rot or turn funky on you years down the road.

Whatever you use, make sure the glue makes it down to the blank so the ends of the arbor are sealed.

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