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Old 05-11-2014, 05:55 PM
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Default My ghetto rod dryer

Finishing up my switch rod. My first turner (using a can opener) burned out so this was attempt number 2. Works surprisingly adequately. For my next though I will definitely have a better setup.

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$4 thrift store Kitchen Aid hand mixer, random wood stand, homemade elastic bands, large plastic cap with CD edges for gear, PVC endcap with rubber bands for chuck, wooden dowel for axle, and a plastic ice cream lid for a washer. Couple other random pieces as well.

Had a great time building my first rod, but can't wait to do another one better. Still need some more practice before I drop any serious cash on a blank though.
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Pretty ingenious for sure. I would never have come up with that. I don't know how fast you are turning but I have a really old drying motor (circa 1985) that is 3.5 rpm and a new one (circa 2010) which is faster. I like the 3.5, just sayen in case you start shopping.

The book is packed and I'll mail it in the morning, you should have it by Thursday........ I kinds got caught up in stuff Friday & Saturday

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This one is definitely faster than that, Ard, even on low. I was about to send you a PM asking how much shipping was. Just let me know.

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Very cool contraption! I love this kinda stuff! When I was addicted to coral reef aquariums, the hobby was so expensive that "Ghetto rigs" was a celebrated art. On the webs foremost coral aquarium forum, theres a DIY section. In it is a thread called "Ghetto Rigs" where guys post their inventions... kind of like yours. I cant tell you how much crazy engineering I learned from that thread.

A very good friend of mine built an epoxy dryer for epoxy flies from an old disco ball motor. Before he passed away, he gave it to me. I use it a lot. Reminds me a lot of what you've got there.

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I have seen disco ball, microwave oven and bbq motors used, but never a hand mixer. That one might top the list for creativity. It just shows what a seemingly harmless addiction will lead to.

You know, when I look at the picture again I see a dual purpose contraption. Rod turner and a rig for making dubbing brushes. You're a marketing genius
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Very nice! Love the creativity!
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They say that necessity is the mother of invention. Your contraption rocks ! Good job
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Thanks, guys, but most of the credit goes to a buddy of mine. He was the "brains" behind it.
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