Fly Tying, Rod Building, etc.

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Project by Paul M posted 03-21-2013 01:28 PM 4450 views 5 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, several years back, I built a couple of portable fly tying boxes to get my materials in order, and they worked out well for awhile. Now the old problem cropped up again= out of space and resorting to shoe boxes and tin cans in a tomato box. Bit disorganized and non too elegant. Since I also build a few rods and have a little archery thing going on, I needed to rethink and get things in one place. Now the cellar is devoted to wood work and bicycle maintenance.

My design has gone in a different direction than most fly tying units I have seen. Most seem to look like a table with a unit built on top. My goal is to make them as a piece of furniture that doubles as a practical work area. Actually built 3 units, but the third one, seen in one shot, is not going to be used.

The units mortise and tenon and are Oak for the main structures and oak plywood for panels and some drawer bottoms. The larger base unit has a top that slides forward to give extra knee room, and removes to reveal a hidden compartment, for storage of secret fly’s and rare materials. And it’s sort of fun to have hidden compartments. All but the bottom drawers, of the large piece, have notched sides for partitions, for even more segregation, of “stuff”.

This set is sort of a conceptual thing, as I wanted to see how pieces could fit in several ways. The small boxes on top are from the past project.
1. The two can be used as shown.
2. The smaller piece can be turned at right angles to the large one and used in a doorway so the drawers open to the side. (this drawer arrangement was sometimes done in Shaker Sewing pieces and on Sailing ships for charts.)
3. the small unit can be placed on top of the larger one to save floor space.(In this instance the portable chests would not be used.)

-- Paul from New England "No man is a failure who is enjoying life". William Feather

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Jim Rowe

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#1 posted 03-21-2013 03:08 PM

You seem to have come up with a solution the problem that all flitters have – too many feathers and not enough space to store them and find them when you need them. I like your solution. Tight lines!

-- It always looks better when it's finished!

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#2 posted 03-21-2013 04:09 PM

Looks well thought out and great solution to the inescapable problem all tiers experience with the numerous accoutrements incidental to the hobby and art. The best part is that you’ve actually done something about it, employing your wood working skills. I’ve been mentally designing a Wooten style desk (only in an Arts and Crafts design as opposed to the classic Victorian style the Wooten was manufactured) for 20-years now; and, it’s still on my “bucket list” with all my fly tying materials still being stored in plastic tubs and plastic drawer organizers. Out of curiosity, what was your solution for storing capes and did you employ and cedar drawer sides or bottoms to discourage our little insect friends that can wreck havoc with our supplies? Thanks for sharing, and I join Jim in wishing you tight lines!

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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Paul M

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#3 posted 03-21-2013 10:35 PM

Thanks for the kind words. On the question of capes and moth damage, I ruled out cedar for now. The problem with cedar is that it needs to be sanded every few years to expose more of the oils. If and when I make another I may just use some cause it smells better than oak. In the meantime, I am using that old system that has worked for decades- plastic bags. What with the new closure systems it is pretty much foolproof, but non too elegant. Newest problem is that even though all parts function well, the older top boxes do not match well. I may, in time, make a new top piece to replace the Asian themed one.

Never ending story?

-- Paul from New England "No man is a failure who is enjoying life". William Feather

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#4 posted 03-22-2013 02:33 AM

I don’t know anything about fly fishing, but I do know these are some sweet cabinets. Nice build.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#5 posted 03-22-2013 07:22 AM

Wow, great job all the way around. Very well thought out on the design and the craftsmanship is amazing. LOVE IT! Thanks for sharing

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#6 posted 03-25-2013 01:30 PM

They are indeed looking like fine furniture, great design and build on those beautiful storage solutions. Great idea and great work!

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