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Bill B (Tarfu)
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« on: August 26, 2017, 04:41:32 PM »

A while back a traded for a Kencor Rod, but found the reel seats were split.  Not wanting to cut off the Kencor Blue foam grips, had a friend of mine (who just happened to get a new lathe and was looking for a project) make some reel seat hood clamps.  So I drew a set of plans for reel seat hoods that would clamp onto the existing reel seat barrel after I cut off the split hoods and a week later he delivered.



How many of your rods suffer from this?


My dimensions for this hood are:
ID= 1"
OD= 1 7/16"
OAL= 15/16"


I split the hood in half with a rotary tool, knowing I would loose some ID and counting on it to provide clamping pressure.


Drilled and counter sunk the screw holes (Next time I will probably use 2 each side) tapped one side with a #6 NC 32
 tap, dug out some corresponding machine screws.  I had to turn the screw head down to fit the milled screw hole using a drill press and file.


Using a reel frame, scribed the profile of the foot and using the rotary tool carved out the material for the seat to fit in.  Leaving it a bit shallow for the new hood to clamp against.


Here's is what I ended up with...




Found it to be rock solid.  But lessons learned, I started off trying to use a blind hole for the threads but it didnt work out so I drilled all the way through.  Next time I will have the screw head on top and the open hole on the bottom.

Good thing I had him make me three hoods.


I realize without a lathe this would be impossible and having a machine shop do it would be expensive, but hey my friend needed a project  Wink....Bill
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« Reply #1 on: August 26, 2017, 05:43:38 PM »

Great idea Bill, and nice work following it through. Carving out the recessed area for the reel foot would have taken a fair bit of time.

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It can't be too difficult - a lot of people do it.
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« Reply #2 on: August 26, 2017, 05:44:54 PM »

Nice,,,,I think I got one that needs that,,,,, Grin
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« Reply #3 on: August 26, 2017, 06:20:15 PM »

Absolutely ingenious.

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« Reply #4 on: August 26, 2017, 06:26:36 PM »

Hey Bill, outstanding job.  Dominick
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« Reply #5 on: August 26, 2017, 09:08:38 PM »

Excellent! Tough and good lookin(like you Bill?). Seems like there could bea custom part market for somethin like this if it could be done in various sizes.
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« Reply #6 on: August 26, 2017, 11:21:35 PM »

That's much nicer than the original Bill.  Reminds me of a high-end Varmac.
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« Reply #7 on: August 27, 2017, 07:17:13 AM »

Bill that's fantastic work.  I bet I have a few magnaflex right now needing that bit.  Well done.
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« Reply #8 on: August 27, 2017, 07:42:30 AM »

That's much nicer than the original Bill.  -steve

Steve the Original Bill was working out of a 30' trailer and had limited tools, basically a dremel and small bench grinder....the Improved Bill  Cheesy has a few more and a garage to work in.  Good to be home  Grin Grin

Thank you for the kind words...Gonna have to get a mini lathe have a couple more rods that needs this treatment  Wink  Bill

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« Reply #9 on: August 27, 2017, 07:59:13 AM »

"original Bill",.....….LOL.....thats funny!
Seriously tho, great idea!
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« Reply #10 on: August 30, 2017, 04:05:46 AM »

Bill, glad you got to get back to the family. I'll ring you next time I'm out by there.
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« Reply #11 on: August 30, 2017, 06:37:20 AM »

But lessons learned, I started off trying to use a blind hole for the threads but it didnt work out so I drilled all the way through.  Next time I will have the screw head on top and the open hole on the bottom.
You could probably make this work if you went up one screw size....
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« Reply #12 on: August 30, 2017, 06:41:48 AM »

Bill - good save Smiley
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« Reply #13 on: August 30, 2017, 07:18:19 AM »

Great work,  ..  Lou
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« Reply #14 on: August 30, 2017, 11:16:42 AM »

Great repair.
Friend of mine once had a break on a reel seat and made a temporary fix by using a stainless steel hose clamp around the foot of the reel.   It worked so well he never made a permanent repair.   Just screwed it open or closed to replace a reel when needed. Grin
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