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One For The Fishermen...Fishing Line Spool Minder

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Project by BusterB posted 04-30-2015 09:12 PM 1325 views 4 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My son considers himself to be quite the outdoorsman and has been wanting me to buy him a fishing line spool tender for sometime. I guess that for those who use bait caster reels, you need a small amount of tension on the line as you put new line on the reel. The tender consists of a 3/8ths dowel with 2 six inch plywood circles and a collet with a small set screw that was in a HF dowel kit. A small spring holds tension against the plywood circle and the tension can be increased or decreased by moving the collet in or out on the dowel. The base is oversized to keep it stable during the line replacement. The verticle upright is mounted to the base with glue and screws. This is the deluxe model, i drilled a small hole to hold the hex wrench needed to adjust the collet when not being used. It was all made with odds and ends laying around the shop so it only cost me my time….now I think I will go back and use that left over purple paint to spruce it up for him…lol.

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)





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farmerdude

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#1 posted 04-30-2015 09:25 PM

Another fine job by BusterB! Don’t know much about your boy but I think the purple sounds like a great idea. Nice job on the ole spool tool. When my wife sees me headed into the house with a pole in my hand she knows she’s on deck to hold the spool on a screw driver. Guess she shouldn’t see this or she will have me making one for myself. Keep the projects coming buddy.

-- Jeff in central Me.

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Carbide

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#2 posted 04-30-2015 09:37 PM

Superb idea for such a daunting task. The spring tension with adjustment is great. Keep up the good work!!

-- When it feels like a job, it isn't a hobby anymore.

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BusterB

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#3 posted 04-30-2015 10:05 PM

Jeff- thanks buddy. A screw driver…that’s high end living there!!! We always used a #2 pencil or a wooden spoon (as long as momma didn’t catch us). He deserves the purple paint job if for no other reason than I had the circles from a set of corn hole boards I finished this morning for his girlfriends dad. He sucks up and I wind up doing the work….think I will go smack his momma….nah….lol

Carbide- thank you sir. The really snazzy bass pro ones are metal but still tension with a spring.

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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luv2learn

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#4 posted 04-30-2015 11:29 PM

Wow Buster, I use a #2 pencil and my thumb for tension. You made me feel bad…LOL!! Nice job by the way.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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Jim Jakosh

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#5 posted 05-01-2015 01:14 AM

Good Idea, Buster!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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BusterB

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#6 posted 05-01-2015 01:32 AM

L2L- thank you my friend. I can picture your version of this … Computer assisted tensioning, automatic spool loading and a digital readout showing how much line you have spooled off…..a #2 pencil and your thumb….yeah right…lol

Jim- Thank you sir. Its not an original idea, just my version of an existing one. The pic I saw was a nice metal one…you have the skills to build one like that. This was the el cheapo version…. Lol

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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doubleDD

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#7 posted 05-01-2015 04:13 AM

Good one Buster. I made a similar one years ago and it got plenty of use. Of course there’s nothing wrong with using a pencil or screwdriver. I think we all have. Good thinking on this .

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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TheFridge

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#8 posted 05-01-2015 04:32 AM

Hell with bait casters! I tried once…

Good thing it’s was daddy’s rod :)

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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Todd Barrone

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#9 posted 05-01-2015 04:34 AM

Very clever idea buddy, I like it.

-- "The Cedar King" https://www.facebook.com/BarroneFarm

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CFrye

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#10 posted 05-01-2015 11:51 AM

Gets the job done, Buster. Never heard of such a thing, but then I haven’t been fishing since I went jig fishing with Grandpa fort…, uh, a long time ago. When you paint it be sure to accent that spider looking knot in the last picture! Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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JoeinGa

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#11 posted 05-01-2015 12:08 PM

Simple, yet very effective. The goal of us all.
Another good job, Bud !

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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helluvawreck

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#12 posted 05-01-2015 01:16 PM

It’s a nice practical project and you did a good job on it.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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BusterB

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#13 posted 05-01-2015 03:20 PM

Dave- Thank you sir. Until my son started going on about wanting one, I never knew that anything like this existed…what will they think of next…lol

Fridge…I understand completely. First (and last) time I tried using one, by the second cast it resembled a birds nest. Guess I will forever be a zebco type of guy…lol

Todd- Thank you buddy. May need a slab of that massive cedar of yours to weigh this thing down. I figure it there is gonna be an issue with this thing, it will be in it being too light. We shall see.

Candy- Thank you mam. Was kinda, sorta kidding about the paint…of course highlighting the spider may be appropriate since I figure no more than he will ever use it, it will wind up in thae garage with more than its share of spider webs on it…lol

Joe- Thank you sir. You should know by now, if I can figure it out…its gonna be a simple project…lol

Charles- Thank you sir.

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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MarkTheFiddler

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#14 posted 05-01-2015 08:55 PM

Buster,

Problem solved once again. Well done sir.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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whitebeast88

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#15 posted 05-01-2015 11:35 PM

Very nice.Great way to use that head for more than a hat rack.lol.
Nice job buddy!!!

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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