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Posted 22 January 2020 - 11:14 PM
Posted 23 January 2020 - 06:17 AM
I typed in "mini lathe", and the search engine showed multitudes of options. Some of them inexpensive enough to warrant NOT DIY.
Typed in "DIY mini lathe" and I got almost as many plans and YouTube videos on doing it.
Barbed hooks rule!
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Posted 23 January 2020 - 06:33 AM
Like many I did build a rod building lathe years and years ago - and still use it to this day... The motor is just a simple 110v sewing machine motor with the foot control that came with it. I have it turning a six inch pulley with a hard rubber belt and the pulley is turning a horizontal mandrel with a half inch Jacobs chuck on the business end.
It serves a variety of uses when its not being used to wrap rods or turn down rod grips including filling or in-loading spinning reel spools, grinding down the feet of rod guides to prep them for wrapping, as well as with a wire brush wheel - buffing down small metal parts on reels Im cleaning or repairing...
Its been a very useful tool for more than forty years now...
Posted 23 January 2020 - 06:45 AM
Posted 23 January 2020 - 10:37 AM
Dremal used to sell a rather inexpensive mini lathe but I don't think still do. You might sign up on some woodworking forum sites and place a want ad for one.
Posted 23 January 2020 - 10:43 AM
I've got a mini lathe from Lee Valley Tools but it is more suited to turning fly rod grips and reel seats and is probably overkill for your intended use. I like Gillage suggestion
Posted 23 January 2020 - 10:45 AM
Forgot to mention - along with the Unimat you might also look up "jeweler's lathes" to see what's commercially available before looking up the various plans to be found...
Me? I long ago quit shaping heads for poppers that I used to do in great quantities for fly shops - Instead I chose to use Perfect popper heads (mostly the soft foam variety) to make my Speed Bugs...
Here's a pic or two of the finished product - everything in the backcountry of the Everglades attacks them on sight - when it's a day with little wind and the waters are warm enough - particularly baby tarpon...
the Speed Bug, hook size - #1
some of the various colors that shops have asked for - the original, though, was always plain white with a different color thread - very, very quick to tie - thus the name... surprisingly durable in use...
Posted 23 January 2020 - 11:12 AM
I also gave up on trying to carve or mill popper heads years ago and now use the Rainy series of foam popper heads. Easy Peasy
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Posted 23 January 2020 - 11:25 AM
or $42 on amazon
Respect someones else's ideas. We are all different people. Your way is not the only way.
Never argue with a self proclaimed expert
Posted 24 January 2020 - 07:18 AM
I have a HF mini lathe that I bought maybe five years ago after my 1970's era kit lathe broke. With a super coupon I think you can get them for around 120.00 bucks. If you go mini lathe get one that takes a Morse Taper 2 (MT2 head.) The really small mini lathes use a MT1. The MT2 is a standard and offers many more options for lathe options.
I do not do a lot of turning in the wood shop but the HF lathe worked great for turning saltwater plugs. I have never done popper heads on it since I find hand carving them very thereaputic. I found continuously running a drill and applying side pressure is a good way to burn out drills that cost far more then a cheap lathe.
Posted 24 January 2020 - 01:45 PM
I think, if you like tinkering and building things, build a lathe. If you like making lures and carving poppers (or think you will) do it and if you want to start with ready made poppers that's great too.
I made some steel from scratch one time, smelted it from Alaskan iron ore, I have a bunch of it.
I think it's really cool that you could make usable stuff from the things you get from the earth. I have made knives from 100 percent Alaskan materials. I'm planning on making flies from 100 percent materials too, including the hooks. The tricky part will be making my steel into good wire. But I will.
It may not be economically feasible to do some of these things but how many people can say they made their own hooks literally from dirt.