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stefang

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10-15-2009 08:52 PM

One of our members is going to turn an antique wooden fly reel much like the one of my posted projects. I used Birch for that reel, but after a couple of years it warped a little, enough in my mind to ruin it’s appeal. One side is removable and is only about 3/8” thick. That part has a piece of brass across most of it’s diameter attached. The stress caused by this could be the culprit causing the warp. However, the original I copied was probably 150 years old and it hadn’t warped. I have no idea what kind of wood it had, but it looked a lot like birch. I thought mahogany would be a good choice for stability, strength and resistance to the elements, (mainly moisture and drying out) as it will be used to fish with. The person who is making the reel wants to use beech, but I advised him against it because of stability issues. He Lives in Montana and so would probably prefer to use a local hardwood, and he has plenty of well seasoned beech. What would you advise?

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.


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#1 posted 10-15-2009 08:55 PM

I would use a good hardwood teak or iroko or posibly maple if looking for a lighter option

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#2 posted 10-15-2009 09:02 PM

maybe ipe ?

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#3 posted 10-15-2009 09:04 PM

I don’t know if this has the stability but Wenge would look beautiful

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stefang

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#4 posted 10-15-2009 09:17 PM

Pommy good advice, but would prefer native U.S. wood. Is maple good outdoors and getting wet? I’m not trying to imply it isn’t. David I already suggested Ipe’, but I don’t thick he wanted to use it. Thank you for the help so far guys. Sorry I’m being so fussy, but I’m trying to help someone out and I have to consider his desires.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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hairy

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#5 posted 10-15-2009 09:35 PM

I’m not sure about how it turns, but cypress should hold up to the water.

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#6 posted 10-15-2009 10:17 PM

I think it would be good if he were to change his mind about Ipe but if not maybe madrone but still not sure of the weathering aspect of madrone.

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#7 posted 10-15-2009 10:27 PM

How about lignum vitae or rosewood Indian rosewood is nice.The lignum vitae is indestructable and will last years it’s ahrd to come by and too heavy to post a large piece but a small piece for a fishing rod would be no problem good luck.Alistair p.s let us see it when finished sounds great.

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#8 posted 10-15-2009 10:27 PM

teak? i have a friend who does marine stuff and all he uses is teak

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#9 posted 10-15-2009 11:58 PM

I think maple should be good. We’re not talking about 24-7 outdoor exposure like furniture.,

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

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hairy

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#10 posted 10-16-2009 01:24 AM

Here’s one in walnut.
http://www.scientificcollectables.com/page_enlarge610.htm

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#11 posted 10-16-2009 01:40 AM

I didn’t think of walnut, I’ll re-vote of it :-)) Thanks hairy, nice.

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

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stefang

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#12 posted 10-17-2009 12:13 PM

Thanks guys. I’ve got enough good suggestions here to forward. I also favor the walnut.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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