Saturday, October 16, 2004


Building the second Worried Shrimp Battle Rod... 

Here we go then!

Behold the All Star blank specifications:

BAST785MS-2

Mag Spinning
6'6"
2
1/4-5/8
8-17
Ex-Fast
Medium
5.0
0.465
2 1/3

After gluing the cork rings I began shaping the handle with my steadfast drill lathe. I've covered the exposed blank with masking tape in order to protect it from high speed harm.



Steady as she goes...




In short order the cork handle taper is close to perfect.




The long stretch of handle between the reel seat and rubberized cork butt will be wrapped with rattan and stained a dark brown. I've elected to utlize some left over burl cork from Sally's rod to fashion a cork insert between the skeletal reel seats and create the fore grip.




China pencil marks denote the high spots requiring further sanding.




A file here helps me recess the end of the handle in preparation for the rattan.




No Worried Shrimp Battle Rod is complete without a proper Hex and requisite shrimp!

Why here's a little BEAUTY!




In she goes...




Followed by the blank specifications and a bit of a yarn.




Oh what the hell! Let's give 'er another shrimp!




Now we'll cork the varmints up





and rod bond the final rubberized cork ring on the butt.




Snug as a bug and solid as a rock after a 24 hour clamp job.




Final shaping is done by hand - file and sandpaper.




Not a bad job if I say so meself!




OH BOY! Welcome to the world of rattan... Here's a hank of narrow rattan soaked in warm water for about an hour...





while still wet I wrap it snugly around a wooden dowel a bit narrower than the cork handle which will receive it.





I've wrapped several shots of rattan on this long dowel in preparation for the job.




Rather than bore a hole/tunnel in the cork in which to stick the bitter end of the cane I've decided instead to bevel the rattan end with my dremel tool and fine sandpaper, this gradual taper will allow my wraps to leave no gap. In this instance I must trust the bonding integrity of Titebond II, for it will be glued directly on the cork handle surface.



To begin I've glued just a small portion, taking care to make it snug against the lower reel seat.




At first I started applying the glue with a brush to the cane itself...
but found that method to be excruciatingly tedious.




Next I elected to just paint Titebond directly on the cork handle surface.
Much better...




Paint a little glue down the handle and wrap. Works well. Be sure and have an alcohol damp rag to wipe the excess glue from the surface of the rattan.




You beauty! YOU!




When you get to the end of a hank of cane just clamp it off...




When you began another piece of cane take some time to bevel the ends so that when you lay one over the top of the other they will lay even.




Well... after some more fiddling I finally finished the rattan wrap, but not without some mistakes... please take heed and DO NOT use heavy clamps like I did, for they left unsightly impressions in the handle...

nonetheless, I proceed.

I have purchased a can of 'Weavers Stain' danish oil finish, (black walnut) to give the cane handle a dark finish to match the burl cork portions.



Here is an example of what the finished stained cane might look like, this is a sample spray on a rattan wrapped dowel.



Finishing up the cane wrap was not without challenges. Here is an instance where I had to tediously shape a bit of cane to fit in a gap left in the wrap.

Oh, well... craft and learn.



After the disappointing dimples left by my strong dremel tool clamps, I've chosen rubber bands to hold the cane down while the glue sets up.



At this point I'm using fine and extra fine foam sandpaper to lightly finish the bare rattan handle...




thusly...



Now comes the long awaited finish... Be sure and wrap the butt end and reel seats/blank with some suitable paper and masking tape to ward off the messy danish oil spray!



The stain finish is not exactly what I had hoped for, a little too motled. To achieve a deep gloss and protect the rattan I've added a couple of coats of Casey's Tru-Oil



here are some pictures with a shamino 201XT mounted.









my method for guide placement begins by placing a bend in the rod then china pencil marking guide locations from the tiptop back. Since this blank is extra fast the guides tend to be nearer together in the tip section.



Here is the blank fitted with reel and sprialed guides taped on ready for test casting.



Before attaching the guides I've elected to place an under-wraps using fine black silk thread.



Notice I've taped the guide in place for final wrapping with size A gudebrod black thread. Tiny zip ties work even better for holding the guides in place.



Since this is a single foot guide I'm using a locking wrap.



gone fishing...













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