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Blog entry by stefang posted 751 days ago 4130 reads 2 times favorited 43 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I just finished making the item pictured for my oldest son Steven. I wondered if others had made something similar and I thought it might be fun to see if others would know what it is used for. One thing I can say up front is that it is not being used for a woodworking project, although it could be.

I feel that a big hint is in order her, as it is very specialized, and fairly obscure. I can tell you that it is related to a fly fishing equipment project.

The white bit is a hollow plastic tube and the lid at the top would be removed while being used and the bottom end would be sealed with a cap. The black tape will be thrown away and has no use. The stand itself could be made in different ways and it’s sole purpose is to hold the tube steady and straight up.

I hope you will give a guess or even better just tell us what it is. Good luck!


-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#1 posted 751 days ago

A holder to help you tie giant 4’ flys ? LOL

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 751 days ago

No idea Mike, but I can’t wait to find out.

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it.

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#3 posted 751 days ago

its a fly fishing rod tester, you fill it with water and insert the fishing pole, if it bobs up to the top, then you know your fly rod is sealed and will float if it gets away from you…:)........or you fill the tube with water and you stand back and cast at it, if your fly goes into the water in the tube, then you know you have a dead on aim and can place your fly where ever you choose to…so its a fly aiming casting device… are any of us close yet…lol

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

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#4 posted 751 days ago

I think it’s a dip tube for applying finish to bamboo rods.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#5 posted 751 days ago

It’s obviously a very large test tube holder
....or a piano stool
....or a christmas tree stand

-- If you can't joint it, bead it!

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#6 posted 751 days ago

Needle Tube Fly Vice
Assuming I would find it hard to fix these slim tubes with my existing tying gear, Grays sensibly sent me their Needle Tube Fly Vice. The assumption (and it’s a good assumption) is that I already have a vice, so this came without a clamp or pedestal. The shaft is 8mm diameter so should fit the clamp already supplied with most vices and does fit mine. The head is simply a pin-vice fitted to a block which rides on the shaft. One screw fixes the block on the shaft and sets the tying height, the other locks the pin-vice in position – release that and you can turn the vice or remove it from the block.

The pin-vice head is like a small drill chuck: four sprung jaws inside a threaded collar, tighten the collar and the jaws are forced closed, unscrew and they open.

Take a step back and the design of this vice is not particularly pretty, however, this is an utterly practical solution to the problem of holding a slim tube in position while I tie on it.

Obviously, this vice head can hold other tubes if they are slim enough and a larger ‘optional’ vice head accepts tubes up to 3mm diameter. This method of holding tubes really only suits metal tubes and even then I would be wary of tightening on an aluminium tube. However, I can fix a darning or sewing needle into the standard jaws and that can hold softer tubes, eg plastic and aluminium, so this is more than a one-trick tool.

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

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#7 posted 751 days ago

Potato gun.

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#8 posted 751 days ago

coat rack

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#9 posted 751 days ago

A butter churn
A fishing pole holder
A quad pod
A form for thatch brooms
A taxidermist fish holder
New an improved Harry Potter Quidditch Firebolt Broom

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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Greg The Cajun Box Sculptor

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#10 posted 751 days ago

It is for holding up an umbrella

-- Every step of each project is considered my masterpiece because I want the finished product to reflect the quality of my work.

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#11 posted 751 days ago

Mike, this is a good quiz! My first blush guess is something to do with bamboo rod building, like holding it while the strips dry.

You’re talking me into a fishing trip to Norway which is already on my bucket list.

-- John from Horse Shoe

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#12 posted 751 days ago

Fishing rod case, the stool is just to hold it.

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#13 posted 751 days ago

No fly fisherman here. I’ll be interested to hear what it is

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#14 posted 751 days ago

A periscope to see where the fish are.

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it.

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Joe Lyddon

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#15 posted 751 days ago

Open sided Butter Churner… ?? (LOL)


One Hat hat rack?

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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