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Project by stefang posted 01-23-2010 08:54 PM 4400 views 0 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this fly tying caddy for my grandson. It’s nothing fancy or noteworthy, but I thought it might encourage some of you fly tying woodworkers to make or post something better (I need ideas for a nicer/better design. The idea for this one came from a similar one I made for my son a few years ago to his specs. The top tray will be filled with foam rubber to hold stuff that can be jabbed into while fly tying and the bottom is a place to lay materials, scissors and such while working. Your right, I haven’t got a clue!

Its pretty simple. Birch ply with box joints. I did hide the ply on the top rim and the bottom front by gluing on solid Birch edging. I was at my son’s place today and I saw another accessory we woodworkers could make. It was for evening up strands of hair or fur. A little two piece dingie that could be turned on the lathe and drilled out. They cost about $15 each on the net and I expect one could be made at home for about 25 cents.

I don’t feel the need for any positive comments on this project, so if you want to vent any anger or anything just do it here. I sure I feel the same way about it!!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.





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#1 posted 01-23-2010 09:57 PM

Since you don’t need any positve comments, how bout a question? What is up with the box joints on the front and the weird angled piece. I ask cause I kinda like the look of it. Darn, forgot about the positive comments. Guess I might as well say that to me some of the best pieces are not pretty desk or pretty boxes, etc. But instead pieces that are made to fit a very specific need for someone special. One of my favorite wood projects was a 8”x10”x12” pine cube I made my wife for photography. Something about posing children at different heights to match more close to the rest of the family in the picture. Your right I haven’t got a clue. Still one of my favorites. Now what did you do to those box joints?

-- Jimmy, Oklahoma "It's a dog-eat-dog world, and I'm wearing milkbone underwear!"

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#2 posted 01-23-2010 10:43 PM

I’ve tied a lot of flies and I haven’t got a clue either Mike, don’t feel alone ;-))

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#3 posted 01-23-2010 11:24 PM

Jimmy I think I filed it off a little when I put the edging under it on and didn’t notice how ugly I made it. If you look at it from the front it is straight. I didn’t see it until I took the picture. It is a pretty sorry project, but I’m trying to stay away from pride this week as a character building exercise and I thought posting this project would be just the thing to help me in that endeavor. The interesting thingies on the front are absolutely necessary additions. I accidentally pulled out some the top ply layer next to the joint on the right, so I had a design change as they say and had to extend the change to the left side as well. It pays to be flexible when it comes to design.

“Bob” Why tie them when you can just swat them? LOL .

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#4 posted 01-23-2010 11:33 PM

After a little though, I’m sure it is for cleaning up when Mom says to pick things up when he is in the middle of tying. Easy to get it back out. I’m still a little kid and this happens to me with my wife all the time ;-))

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#5 posted 01-23-2010 11:35 PM

Mike, it’s a lot more fun to catch and hog tie them than just meerely swat them ;-)) haven’t you seen a rodeo?

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#6 posted 01-23-2010 11:40 PM

It was the design change I was talking about. I didn’t notice any uglyness, but being humble is a virtue we could all stand to learn a little more of. Especially me. I really like the design change detail. Might have to do that on purpose at some point.

-- Jimmy, Oklahoma "It's a dog-eat-dog world, and I'm wearing milkbone underwear!"

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#7 posted 01-23-2010 11:42 PM

I’m an avid fly fisherman, but I haven’t tied flies since I remarried (due to other interests, time constraints, and the infamous “honey do” list). How’s the fishing in Norway, Mike?

-- John from Hampstead

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#8 posted 01-24-2010 12:13 AM

I didn’t expect any nice comments, but I got some anyway. LJ member are truly kind people.

John I’m not a fly fisherman, but my son and oldest grandson are. They seem to catch a lot of trout, but their big favorite is fly fishing for salmon. I guess with all the salmon rivers and a zillion lakes fishing is pretty good here, especially in our district. I’ll try to get some photos from my son’s fishing trips and show it with some woodworking project. I wish I were a fisherman, but just can’t seem to work up the necessary enthusiasm or cough up the necessary outfitting money.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#9 posted 01-24-2010 01:38 AM

well now you’ve really done it…the words trout and salmon…...i think i would like Norway…but it doesn’t look like its in the plan…but glad to see you making gifts for your grandson…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#10 posted 01-24-2010 03:07 AM

so you finished then, hope he liked it. Talking about finishing things I did actually decide to do some fret work on the box that I was learning those finger joints on. I will post it later when its done.

-- Theresa, https://www.facebook.com/derrymore/

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#11 posted 01-24-2010 03:25 AM

Did someone say trout and salmon! Fish of any kind, especially Walleye!! So hows the Walleye fishing in Sweden Mike? Anything like that over there? Or all you got is Luktfish? I had a buddy from Sweden in the Army, he wouldn’t eat dried fish from Sweden, he said they laid it out to dry on long wooden poles about a foot off the ground and the dogs would go around and pee on it. So we always laughed at people in bars that would buy dried fish to eat with their beer. Oh almost forgot Mike, that’s a so so project. LOL

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#12 posted 01-24-2010 03:27 AM

Unique Box Mike great idea.

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#13 posted 01-24-2010 03:31 AM

As someone who has made a few flies too, I envision that a strip of (sheet) cork, on the top of the side edges would be quite functional—as a place to set a hook, or as a place to set/display finished flies while the lacquer (head cement) dries. I would always jab the tip of the hook into the cork so that it it fell, it would fall into the box. It’s always troubled me alot when I’ve dropped hooks into the carpetting—though if I dropped one today I’d use a strong magnet to recover it.

Bill

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#14 posted 01-24-2010 01:31 PM

Once again thanks for the kind words everyone. I shows that there are many charitable folks among us!

Theresa, I am looking forward to seeing that box. With your scroll sawing skills I’m sure it will be a knock-out! Yes Erling liked the caddy, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he wanted to make a better one in the not to distant future.

Mike I have no idea about the fishing in Sweden as I live in Norway. The fish you are talking about is “lutefisk” in Norwegian. It is dried fish, usually Cod and then soaked in a potash lye solution. My youngest son and his Swedish fiance’ are planning to move to Sweden way up north. I will check out the fishing when I visit them and let you know.

Bill Thanks for the tip on the cork. My son was complaining that he hasn’t found any foam as stiff as he would like, so the cork sound like a good addition. I would like to make a really nice caddy out of an interesting hardwood with all the bells and whistles and a lot of small nice details and also some way to personalize it with a carved name or something like that. It will be a form of penance for this one.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#15 posted 01-24-2010 02:45 PM

Cork sounds like a good idea. Recalling my tying days, I had troubles finding things – like small tools hidden under feathers or dropped on the floor or into the big plastic box that held all the various materials. If I were to build a caddie, I’d consider a bunch of drilled holes of various sizes to hold the tools, plus something to hold an open lacquer bottle upright. Maybe some dowels to hold the tread spools.

I told my wife that next time she returns home to Ukraine, I want to meet her in St. Petersburg, and then visit Sweden and Norway. I’ve always been intrigued by Norway since I saw that old Kirk Douglas’ film, “Heroes of Telemark”. I remember it was shot on location there. Absolutely awesome country! I vaguely recall an old Errol Flynn film about Norway also.

“Way up north” in Sweden? Your son is one hearty soul.

-- John from Hampstead

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