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Project by Cheapguy82 posted 02-11-2018 09:08 PM 1041 views 3 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I made this fly fishing rod case for a friend of the family for an 8’, 4 piece fly rod of his. The body of this hexoganal case is made from Goncalo Alves (Tigerwood) and the end caps are walnut. One of the end caps contains some nice crotch figure and the other was hand engraved (by me) with a trout. I did the engraving using a dremel tool and several different bits. (The part of the pic of the engraving that looks kind of ‘off’ is the reflection from the ground in the gloss finish.)

The inside of the case is covered in a faux fur that was some of the softest stuff that I’ve had in hand. I did the leather work for the handles but ordered the brass plate. The case is held shut by rare earth magnets that I inlayed along the inside lip of the case and aligned so they line up correctly.

This is the second one of these that I’ve made and I plan on going back and redoing the upholstery for the first one now that I figured out how to do it with this fur. My first try (at upholstery) was pretty horrific; the case was for myself, so it was okay, though.

The recipient really loved it and told me that rather than taking it out, fishing, he was going to use it to hold a bamboo rod that his grandfather had given to him many years ago. It is an honor for my to know that my work is held in that high of a regard.

I hope that you all like it. Enjoy!

Stephen

-- Stephen - Georgia





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wcp

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#1 posted 02-11-2018 09:45 PM

very nice work on the fly rod case.

wcp

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Redoak49

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#2 posted 02-11-2018 10:09 PM

Excellent work !

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Mike_in_STL

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#3 posted 02-12-2018 12:19 AM

Very nice! None of my rods would be nice enough to go for a ride in that case. Superb work.

-- Sawdust makes me whole --Mike in STL

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Jeremymcon

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#4 posted 02-12-2018 01:23 AM

Cool! I love the hexagonal shape and the fact that it hinges open. I buy cheap fly rods, so I’ve only ever made a pvc rod case.

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torus

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#5 posted 02-12-2018 02:58 AM

It is a showpiece! I would mount it or keep it on the mantel.
How heavy is it?

PS. Yes, PVC rod cases for my rods too….

-- "It's getting better..." - put this on my RIP stone!

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doubleDD

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#6 posted 02-12-2018 04:18 AM

Perfect home for the fly rod. You did a great job with some fine detail.

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

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Cheapguy82

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#7 posted 02-12-2018 11:29 AM

Thanks for the kind words, everyone.

Torus-the case isn’t really that heavy; maybe 2-3 lbs. The body of the case is pretty thin specifically to keep it to a manageable weight for someone to tote around.

I am lucky enough to have a friend who took a class on making hand split bamboo fly rods a while back and who was willing to teach me. I have another project on here showing the first case that I made and the rod that I made it for (the one my friend walked me through making). When I redo the upholstery for that case, I think I’ll do another short blog entry (or two) about the build since folks seem to like it.

-- Stephen - Georgia

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EarlS

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#8 posted 02-12-2018 12:29 PM

Gorgeous fly rod case.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#9 posted 02-12-2018 01:56 PM

Nice rod case. I like the way it opens. Please do a blog.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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pottz

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#10 posted 02-12-2018 06:58 PM

man thats a beautiful case but i dont know if id want to through that in the back of a float plane in the alaskan bush.even the heavy duty aluminum cases we have used take a beating.you did a great job and im sure your friend will have that case forever and hopefully will be handed down to the next generation fly fisherman.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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helluvawreck

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#11 posted 02-12-2018 09:33 PM

You did a wonderful job on this fly rod case. Congratulations.

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

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

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Grumpy

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#12 posted 02-14-2018 09:57 PM

Stephen , nice job and congratulations on your ‘Daily Top 3’ award.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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Cheapguy82

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#13 posted 02-14-2018 11:39 PM

Thanks everyone. I have a couple projects to get done then I’ll work on fixing my first rod case. I’ll be posting a blog about it since there seems to be interest.

Grumpy – thanks for the congrats. It’s my first time making the top 3 list. Pretty cool stuff!

-- Stephen - Georgia

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TheMadCarpenter

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#14 posted 02-15-2018 02:36 AM

That is beautiful, practical work

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