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    Exclamation Rod Turner Ideas - please

    Hi all.

    A month ago a guide broke off my rod. It's a rod I built some years ago. I procrastinated with fixing it and with my big 3 day weekend of fishing planned here - this Thursday-Saturday - I finally wrapped the guide last night and stopped by my local shop to find they no longer have any turners! They used to have 3 or 4 but have been loaned out and never returned. Aside from what terrible form that is, I am in a major bind.

    Of course I have a couple other rods, so I will fish, but either a 2WT or 6WT!

    Anyone have a creative idea to keep my rod turning while the epoxy dries? (that does not mean I sit there with a six pack for 3 hours rotating my rod by hand )

    I think I may just order Flex Coat's 50$ model and have it overnighted for another 15$...ugh, at least then I'll have it for this winter if I do around to making a new rod...

    ideas welcome! Thanks.

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    You are in a fix there, other than using a grill rotisserie I would have no suggestion. I have an ancient 3 rpm job that I got long ago, it has no rod chuck and I had to make one for it. Parting with the dough to ship one over night is a bummer but at least you'll have one.

    We had a post from a member who says he has compounded a fast dry finish that gets it done in minutes but he's in Florida and you would still be waiting. Fast dry sounds good but having experience in the wood and furniture restoration business for many years I found fast dry to be a problem. The post he made with photos certainly made hes finish compound look like the best thing since sliced bread.

    If you don't have a rotisserie, better price one at the nearest place that sells them and have a look to see if you can use it in a pinch. I suspect that size will be the main issue, then there's that how am I gonna attach a rod to this thing...................

    Looks like overnight to me,

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    Ok, this is a stretch I know, but you wanted creative. And you can take this for what its worth since Im no rod builder and dont have the slightest idea what rpm you are looking for.
    Use a thick rag to go around the appropriate end of your rod, then use a cordless drill. Im sure this goes without saying but only tighten enough to turn tge rod. then use something, either toothpicks, popscicle sticks, or something else entirely to make some sort of yoke. Level it up, set your speed with a piece of duct tape across your trigger and let her go.
    I know this is about as jack-leg as you can get, but it would work in a pinch.
    You gotta admit, its creative......
    Seth

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    Default Re: Rod Turner Ideas - please

    Quote Originally Posted by cattech89 View Post
    Ok, this is a stretch I know, but you wanted creative. And you can take this for what its worth since Im no rod builder and dont have the slightest idea what rpm you are looking for.
    Use a thick rag to go around the appropriate end of your rod, then use a cordless drill. Im sure this goes without saying but only tighten enough to turn tge rod. then use something, either toothpicks, popscicle sticks, or something else entirely to make some sort of yoke. Level it up, set your speed with a piece of duct tape across your trigger and let her go.
    I know this is about as jack-leg as you can get, but it would work in a pinch.
    You gotta admit, its creative......
    I think I've seen this done on the innernets! I mentioned this idea to my buddy at the fly shop and he gave me odd look. I bet the battery would on my cordless drill would run out at just about the right time too!

    Thanks for the ideas, guys. I found a place in CA with the 7 rpm Flex Coat turner...I'm calling them now...

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    Take the little motor that turns the turn table out of your microwave. I actually took one out of an old unit and thats what I use. Just make sure its the right voltage. I took one out and it was 21v, and another was the right voltage to just plug it right in. I've built 5 rod on it and its perfect. I made a rod chuck out of a pvc cap.

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    UPS next day was gonna run $45! The wrapper is $49.90. I settled on two day for $19. I can swallow that. And it's only one guide, so hopefully I'll have that done in time to pick up my buddy at the airport Wednesday night, have a few beers and use the rod Thursday!

    Wish me luck!

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    Default Re: Rod Turner Ideas - please

    You don't need a turner
    Cut 2 Vs in opposite ends of a cardboard box and lay the rod across it
    Apply your finish and hand turn the rod
    Turn it often at first.... you'll be able to see the finish sagging
    Then every 8--10-- 15 minutes or so for a hour
    That's it,
    I have a rotisserie turner and never use it, preferring to do it by hand
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    Default Re: Rod Turner Ideas - please

    Why not pay your local rod shop a few bucks to do it?

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    Default Re: Rod Turner Ideas - please

    imxer, I gladly would have, but there aren't any shops here that do it. There is one shop that supplies rod building stuff and offers classes in the winter. That is the one I just assumed that I could borrow the turner from, like I have in the past, but they all got loaned out and never returned!

    It's alright, now I'll have for the new rod I've been wanting to build...this winter's project.

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    this may be a moot point now but rip tide's right, just cut some Vs opposite each other in a cardboard box (uhhh, open end up first) and hand turn the blank/rod as the thread finish sets. i've never done it but it's the basic method many have used over the decades.

    eric
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