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I removed the clamps from the last of the strips this morning. After letting them sit for a day to let the glue cure, I'll start working on putting the initial 60 degree angle on the strips.

 

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It kinda makes me wish We didn't have so many great fly tyers on this site.

 

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Very cool Carl...very cool...I am so intrigued...time to go to the library and get some bamboo rodmaking reading...

 

'Nix

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Thanks rouge and thanks 'nix!

 

Here is a list of recommended reading:

 

General information on bamboo rods:

 

Fishing Bamboo by John Gierach

Literally a one night read, but a great introductory book. Lots of tidbits on classic rods, all with the typical Gierach humor.

 

Splitting Cane: Conversations With Bamboo Rodmakers by Ed Engle

A fun read. Each chapter highlights a modern rodmaker. The last few chapters are about bamboo rods in general, plus a chapter on where Tonkin Cane comes from.

 

How to Make Bamboo Rods:

 

A Master's Guide to Building a Bamboo Fly Rod by Everett Garrison, Hoagy B. Carmichael

The Bible of bamboo rodmaking. Enough said.

 

Fundamentals of Building a Bamboo Fly-Rod by George E. Maurer, Bernard P. Elser

A great book for beginners including good step-by-step instructions and some really nice tapers

 

Handcrafting Bamboo Fly Rods by Wayne Cattanach

Another classic with great instructions. Cattanach's Hexrod (computer interpretation of Garrison's mathematics) is invaluable for comparing and constructing rod tapers.

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QUOTE (OSD @ Aug 25 2004, 11:15 PM)
It kinda makes me wish We didn't have so many great fly tyers on this site.

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Now that the glue is dry, it's time to start working the strips to their initial 60 degree angle. Recall from geometry, a 360 degree circle can be equally divided into 6 - 60 degree angles. That is what we are going to do, and is one reason for selecting a hexagonal cross-section for cane rods.

 

There are basically 2 ways to do this. The first is to use a set of rough planing forms. Using each angled groove, you plane each side of each strip to the target 60 degree angle.

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I have done strips this way before, and will often use the forms for touching up, but I have decided there is a better way - power tools. I purchased a rough beveler from JW Flyrods. A very nice machine which is basically a router set on it's side, with a straight cutter and a fancy table and grooved form. Using this I can plane a rods worth of strips in about 15 minutes. It takes me about 8 times that long by hand. Needless to say, it's considerably easier to get good results as well.

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Each strip is run through the beveler 4-5 times, several on each face. Not only does this put the initial angle on the strips, but it removes a lot of the material so that I don't have to do it by hand when we get to the final planing stage. I bevel the strips to within about .020-.040 of the target dimensions. In this case, about .200 for the butt strips, and .140 for the tips.

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We are now ready for the final planing. I'll get into that as soon as I can, but first, let's all thank my girlfriend for so graciously allowing me to do all this tool work in our kitchen. shocking.gif cheers.gif I don't have a shop, and outside is not feasible for some of the rodmaking steps, so the kitchen is the obvious solution. We'll be picking bamboo bits out of our dinner tonight. laugh.gif

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That's a rare woman you have there Carl. I know my wife wouldn't allow it. When I give a tying class in the dining room, I have to vacuum as soon a the people leave. dry.gif

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that is awesome carl... its cool that you have such an understanding woman..... when I used to tie deer hair flies in my apt the ole lady would clam up for weeks..... not a good punishment (yeah, i gave up deer hair flies at home for a while then).

 

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my wife would have a fit if she knew I was making a rod in the kitchen...she isn't too pleased that I have space in my den to tie flies, though I think she has gotten over it in the past few years. kudos to Carl's girlfriend for understanding the need for space!

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Ok Carl, you've had all weekend to post the latest update, and I'm really bored here at work. tongue.gif

 

This post is better than anything I can find on TV. I knew bamboo rods were involved, but didn't realize that they were this involved. This thread is worse than crack. I'm addicted!

 

I keep waiting for a call from our IT department saying "We've noticed that you've been spending over your alloted internet time on www.flytyingforum.com. We're revoking your internet privelages." Oh well, it's well worth it.

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This is very intresting, this rod is gonna cause alot of great fly tyers to tye better.. i cant wait to see what everyone is sending in .. think I'm in a little trouble here.. shifty.gif

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laugh.gif Thanks Matt! I just got back into town, and I'm planning on doing the final planing and glue up today. Don't change that channel!

 

 

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I've set most of today aside to do the final planing and glueing. After I'm done today, the rod will begin to take on it's final form.

 

I start out the morning with more blade sharpening. More than anything, it's important to have SHARP plane blades at this stage.

 

The one really important tool in bamboo rodbuilding is the planing forms. They are simply 2 steel bars, about 6'6" long, with push/pull screws every 5 inches along it's length. Using a depth gauge, I set the forms according to the taper chart (page one of this post).

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When the forms have been set and double checked, it's time to really get into it. The first thing I do is to remove the enamel from the outside of the strips. Being careful not to dig into the power fibers, I'll begin with a Lie-Nielsen scraper, touch up with a hand scraper, and finally clean everything up with a touch of sandpaper.

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When the strips have been cleaned of their enamel, you can really start to see how the final rod is going to look. Here is a picture of one of the splices. When done well, they can barely be seen.

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I then begin the planing. I'll start with the non-grooved plane set to remove about .007-.009" of material, and plane down both non-enamel sides of the strip until they are close to their final dimensions. I carefully do the last several passes on the strips with the grooved plane set for a very fine .002-.003".

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Not only do you need to be careful that you don't remove too much (or too little) material on each strip, but they must be kept at a precise 60 degree angle. Several times on each strip I'll stop and check the angles at different stations to be sure the angles are kept accurate.

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After finishing all 6 of the strips for the butt section, I align them with their enamel sides down on a piece of masking tape.

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All that I need to do next is to roll up the strips into a full rod section! It's starting to resemble a fishing rod...

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I'll plane the tip strips later this afternoon.

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