|Project by Carey Mitchell||posted 02-10-2013 04:38 PM||2340 views||6 times favorited||10 comments|
I have built several of these for my vintage bamboo fly rods. This one is done with 3/16” thick maple strips, alternated with lacewood. Getting the 30 degree bevel on long thin strips was a bit of a safety challenge, then had to design a jig for the glue-up.
A second challenge was the brackets for the leather handle. They are made of 3/16 brass rod. Filed 45 degree notches, heated, bent and silver soldered. Made the plates of 1/16 brass and soldered the rods in.
Some of the cases have a brass plate on top with initials engraved.
Really a classy way to carry an antique rod on the trips to Montana.
THERE WERE SEVERAL QUESTIONS:
1. The bevel on the strip edges is 30 degrees. I made all the half dozen cases on the table saw, very carefully and without incident. Featherboard from the side and hold-downs in front and back of the blade, and a zero clearance throat insert. There is probably a better way, but this worked.
2. The simple glue-up jig consists of 30 degree support blocks spaced about 6” apart. I made 2, one with the blocks on one side, and the other with blocks on both sides. On the early ones I used thin brads to hold the strips for drying. Then I changed to a pin nailer and the holes were almost invisible——BUT, the pins usually break instead of pulling out, so I’m back to brads.
Someone mentioned using tape, similar to glueing up a box. I have done boxes successfully using tape, but trying it on a case 38 or 40” long with 6 sides would present a challenge, and I only get one chance at it.
3. The outside width of the strips on this one is 1 1/4”. This yields a case large enough to hold 2 3 piece rods with 2 tips in cloth cases (see photo). A 1” strip width yields a case for a single 2 piece rod. Strips 3/16” thick seems to work best, although 1/4 would be fine, just a little heavier.
Hope this helps.