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Custom Fly Tying Bench
Posted 20 July 2012 - 04:14 PM
I am new to fly fishing and looking to support the newest of hobbies. I have been looking into the idea of building fly tying benches as a way for my son and I to spend some off season quality time together. We had this idea while we were looking over some unique hardwood stock that I have from other projects. Before we get to deep into a project like this with getting plans drawn and our shop set up I would appreciate some feedback on the poll questions I have posted here.
Your input is greatly appreciated.
Posted 20 July 2012 - 04:29 PM
If you can have a seperate table, desk, area just for your tying it will make it all a lot easier.
Also in the 'would you buy a desk' question, I guess I was rolling in reddies and someone built a perfect desk I would buy one regardless of cost. But making your own and continuing to tweak it, as I am currently doing seems to add that extra something.
It is a great thing to get into though and all of a sudden there will be a lot of new 'friends' wanting to test your creations.
Based Scottish Highlands. UK
MUSTAD The wise anglers choice.
Posted 20 July 2012 - 05:21 PM
Dont know if this helps!
Posted 20 July 2012 - 07:57 PM
Posted 20 July 2012 - 09:15 PM
"Peace is that brief glorious moment in history when everybody stands around reloading".--Thomas Jefferson
There is no such thing as a blank day for a fisherman. It will be saved for him by the white-throated weasel, who watches his fishing from a hole in the wall under which is lying a fish that refused all flies; or by the excitment of identifying insects; or by the apple-bloosom in a nearby orchard; and no one would call that day a blank on which he has seen a king-fisher." -- Arthur Ransome Rod and Line, 1929
Posted 21 July 2012 - 05:34 PM
I built my own fly tying table/bench years -- no decades -- ago with two dominant issues in mind. I hated tying flies hunched over a vice with my legs all cramped up in a shortish chair undernaeth the tying surface. So I made mine fairly larger than most, out of planed white oak stock, and, after hard use, it is still strong, well built, thanks to some expert tutelage and good to my back.
It is 38" inches tall which allows me to sit straight backed and tie --- ty? -- at about chin level while seated in one of those drafting chairs that adjust upward from normal chair level as high as I want. (I also made a higher pedestal for the vice itself to get to the right height.) I can extend my legs to the floor easily or rest them on the chair's bar at normal sitting position. I made the thing about 24" deep to allow for materials to spread out on a good sized work surface and then my plan went sour. I only made it 38 " wide in the expectation that other wood working projects to follow would provide storage for materials, tools, gadgets, adhesives, dubbing machines, etc... that would be ready to hand when needed.
Then my woodworking expert pal with all the right machinery moved and phase II never happened.
Now, that work surface is just too small and cramped. Migod how the stuff has accumulated, not to mention the hair,feathers hooks, and now, dammit, synthetics that crowd the storage space. The surrounding horde of plastic containers -- I count 40 of them -- makes for an unsightly and grossly inefficient warehousing 'system' -- all crammed into a corner of the "family room". Finding just what I want is often as time consuming as the tying and getting it all back where it should be for the next time.... don't ask! Keeping the dogs out of it?
I still love to tie at that table. No pinched back muscles, leg cramps, or eye strain. But starting over again, I would have a room of my own with rods and reels, waders, on one wall and another wall dedicated to a serious fly tying and storage area. The third wall would be a floor to ceiling gun case for my Ruger #1 collection. No puter , no TV, no phone... DVD player with my music. Dogs by invite only.
Sorry, I started to babble there...
Posted 22 July 2012 - 08:40 AM
I have since changed the back to have two rows of spool holders.
Posted 22 July 2012 - 08:47 AM
Based Scottish Highlands. UK
MUSTAD The wise anglers choice.
Posted 23 July 2012 - 06:28 PM
Posted 24 July 2012 - 12:49 PM
Posted 28 July 2012 - 06:56 AM
i definitely know what i want in a tying bench and someday before i die i'll find that woodworker who will build me one
i have an oasis tying bench. pretty woods but lousy ergonomics
Fly tying - The art of attaching feathers, fur, wool, and silk to a tiny hook to create artificial lures that imitate insects, a skill easily mastered by anyone who can peel a grape blindfolded with a pair of tweezers and a butter knife while wearing oven mitts.
Posted 03 August 2012 - 08:06 PM
Posted 06 August 2012 - 04:06 PM
Would love to make my own but I no longer have my house or shop in the cellar. I would
also consider buying one. I also would love a wood chest to keep my tools and material
in. My brother is a machinist and has a beautiful wood chest with felt lined drawers for
his micrometers and verniers. I have seen a lot of fly tying chests which look a lot
like that.I definitely need something for my new Peak. Here's my current storage box,
an old Plano tackle box for hooks,tools and material and an old Tupperware bread box
for my feathers.---John
Posted 08 August 2012 - 02:43 AM
Lots of lessons learned in making this one. The next one will be very different. Though if I could find one of the large roll top desks favoured by doctors, at a price I can afford, I'd modify that. Should I gain access to some workshop space then I will build one that will be a corner unit with a curved edge.
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