02-21-2014, 05:20 PM
To turn and mount the bottom grip ?
I finally have some parts on order and intend to begin this switch rod I've been asking for advice on.
The thing I've been thinking about for a long time is how to go about turning the lower grip and mounting it without using a plug or butt cap. I want it to be all cork, no rubberized butts!
So if I glue up and turn on a mandrel then mount it, the issues I am pondering are:
1. since it will be mounted from the bottom of the blank the ID of the grip will essentially be the same the length, that of the butt of the blank. So the top of the grip will need to be shimmed. It will be minor though and I think that will be OK.
2. to create the grip without a hole in the bottom, I can either
a) shape all but the last two rings, then take the last two rings (one with a bore hole and the last one the solid ring), already glued up - and glue those two to the shaped grip on the end of the mandrel. After that is dry I would turn that to fit the rest of the grip.
b) bore all the rings to the large diameter and glue up on a short stout mandrel, and try to turn the entire thing without the tail stock of the mandrel supported.
c) shape and mount the entire grip except the last solid piece, then glue that on and try to shape it with a file and sand by hand, this seems like the riskiest.