Originally Posted by random user
I think I am cheating on my trim wraps. How bad is this?
Have been getting the thread locked onto the rod and turning on a total of five turns.
Still have the tag of the primary color laying against the blank.
I have been laying the trim wrap thread against the rod, and turning the primary thread over it a few times and then pulling the trim wrap thread and slipping the tag in under the primary thread wraps (i.e. not cutting the trim wrap thread tag end, just tugging it under the existing wraps.)
From there I get 9 wraps of the primary thread onto the rod, over the tag of teh primary thread and over the trim wrap thread. At this point I and trimming off the tag of the primary thread and then wrapping on one more turn.
Now I pick up the trim thread and wrap inside the primary thread, carrying the primary thread under the trim thread for 5 turns. Then lay the trim thread against the rod again and continue on with the primary thread, carrying the trim thread under the primary thread tight against the rod.
Have been continuing one this way until it is time for the second trim band.
With the second trim band I repeat the process for the first trim band.
One the trim band has been wrapped inside the primary thread I have been laying it against the blank and laying in a loop of mono.
Have been running 8 turns of the primary thread over it, then trimming of the tag of the trim thread. Then doing two more turns of the primary thread.
Then I have been pinching the thread tight, clipping it and slipping the new tag threw the mono loop and pulling it back under the wraps and trimming off wher it emerges back outside the wraps.
This way I only have to lock one thread off on the rod and have only one tag to trim tight to the warps.
Is this a bad thing or is it a good way to do it?
Not so sure the description is clear. I can do photos if necessary.
Basically, it seems easier, so I am assuming it may not be the best approach.
Oh, another silly question. I can use an index card and a popcycle stick to mix up the wrap epoxy, right?
There is a better way (if I'm reading this correctly). You don't have to lock down the thread to start a trim band, the overlap will show and if your doing very thin bands (1-4 threads) it's very difficult to keep it from slipping. Use the main thread to lock down the trim band thread. When your done with the band lock down the main thread again and keep moving. Hopefully these pics will help.
Insert band thread. It helps if you tape the far end of this thread to the rod so it doesn't wrap around the blank.
Put 4-6 wraps over the trim thread, then run the main thread off to the side, tape it to the blank and cut it. Now trim thread is locked down on one side and you can even do a 1 thread band if you want. When the trim band is the size you want run it off to the side and start your main thread again.
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If you want to do multiple color bands there's another method. If you want to see it just let me know and I'll snap a few pics.
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I figured I might as well, I was already at the bench. In this method you insert pull loops under the main thread.
If your using multiple loop DO NOT put them under the same pass. Run atleast two passes of main thread before inserting another loop.
At this point insert your trim band thread into the first loop and pull it through, it will be locked down as soon as you pull it through. This is the best way to do thin trim bands with multiple colors.