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Old 01-13-2016, 10:02 AM
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First picture, not sure if it posted right. My buddy and I put this together on Monday, still have some sanding and filler work and maybe some stain but I'm pretty happy with it considering all we had tool wise was a drill a circular saw and a palm sander.

Let me know what you think. Also looking for suggestions for how many holes and dowels to put in for tools and spools or any other suggestions to make it more useful or efficient. New to tying so I'm a bit worried about some detail I'm not aware of.

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Old 01-13-2016, 10:34 AM
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Unless you make it much larger it will be easy to overflow it when in use. Drill holes for the tools you have now. Add a few more holes for the additional bobbins you are likely to buy. After you use it a while you'll discover what you want if you decide to build a larger tray/caddy in the future. I would tie a fly with it before you drill for tools. Appears you may be a lefty? Figure out where you don't want a tall tool standing up in your way. In any case a small caddy is handy for portable use. I take one to fly tying club meetings.

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Looks pretty good. I built one out of an old folding TV table. Drilled holes every 1 1/2" along the sides for tools and thread dowels. Didn't glue any in so I can adjust it if I want.
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Looks good

The number of holes and dowels is totally up to you based on what you have for tying tools you want to put in the holes

Size the holes according to the diameter of the tools
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Old 01-13-2016, 10:58 AM
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Yeah I am a lefty. I wanted it smallish to have a chance to tie on the couch during wife time(which usually means tv time). Hopefully I'll be able to put extra stuff on the table or desk for a bigger tying session.

I was planning on gluing in the dowels but that's a good point, at least until I know what I want.

I was thinking the taller tools would be best behind the vise so I wouldn't have to reach over them but, maybe it would be a hassle to reach around the vise to get to them. I will tie one on it first to get a better feel for it.

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Unless you make it much larger it will be easy to overflow it when in use. Drill holes for the tools you have now. Add a few more holes for the additional bobbins you are likely to buy. After you use it a while you'll discover what you want if you decide to build a larger tray/caddy in the future. I would tie a fly with it before you drill for tools. Appears you may be a left? Figure out where you don't want a tall tool standing up in your way. In any case a small caddy is handy for portable use. I take one to fly tying club meetings.
Good advice. Before long you'll find yourself needing 3 of those to hold everything. Looks good though and a lot cheaper than buying one.

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Definitely alot cheaper than buying, I had the wood so I only have about 10 bucks in it for the filler, dowels, coupler and thumb screw.

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I think it will be large enough as long as you are willing to only pull the stuff to do one or two different kinds of flies at a time. I like to do it that way anyway, so I'm not losing track of stuff and wasting time rummaging for the right stuff during a session.
I would drill a lot more holes than you think you may need. Theres nothing wrong with having extra storage, and as you keep tying your only going to keep having more tools, materials, etc. What you have now may be doubled, tripled, or more down the road.

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I think it will be large enough as long as you are willing to only pull the stuff to do one or two different kinds of flies at a time. I like to do it that way anyway, so I'm not losing track of stuff and wasting time rummaging for the right stuff during a session.
I would drill a lot more holes than you think you may need. Theres nothing wrong with having extra storage, and as you keep tying your only going to keep having more tools, materials, etc. What you have now may be doubled, tripled, or more down the road.

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Good advice, thanks. My plan to keep this affordable for now are to concentrate on a few patterns for now (zebra midge, pheasant tail, hopper and elk hair caddis) and fill in the holes with store bought, so tying several of one type at a time should be easy.

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Lee: Very nice work as the others have already stated. It will be interested to see how that evolves over time after you have had a chance to tie with it for awhile, but definitely a good place to start.
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