Post by Coastrider on Apr 13, 2020 21:00:37 GMT -8
Well it's been some time since I got to the lathe but with fishing weather upon us I had to get the kids rod finished up. I originally had plans to have this done for her 10th bday but as her 11th bday approaches on May 1st I will finally have it complete. Got the 1st coat of epoxy on today and will get the 2nd done Wednesday. Hope to get her lined up for Emma this Thursday and Friday.
Last Edit: Apr 28, 2020 0:58:45 GMT -8 by Coastrider
Post by Coastrider on Apr 16, 2020 14:59:25 GMT -8
Managed to get the 3rd and final coat of epoxy on Emma's rod this morning and it's now drying in the sun. I had to do 2 coats on the guides and 3 over the feathers as they didnt lay completely flat. It looks a bit heavy but it's what I had to do other than shave the high spots down. I switched over to my heat gun at 150 degrees for clearing up the bubbles and heating the epoxy as the lighter caused some black Mark's in the epoxy due to the dirty fuel. Turned out not bad and I have to say I'm getting way better at the epoxy, just need to speed up the application as I need to mix a couple batches as I gets too tacky by the time I'm getting to the last few guides. I'm guessing it comes with time. Here's a few pictures in the sunshine.
Post by Coastrider on Apr 16, 2020 15:01:38 GMT -8
Here is a close up of these guides I got from Phil at Racerocks Custom Rods, they are pretty cool. They remind me of that old BASF paint everyone wanted on their cars back in the 90's, it really pops in the sun and the color change is cool.
Post by Coastrider on Apr 16, 2020 17:34:22 GMT -8
Thanks, I just took it out in the back yard for a test cast with a unknown line. I'm sure it was a bit light, more of a 3/4 line so I will try it with a 5/6 line tomorrow. I could easily get 50' out in the back yard, rod is a bit heavy and slow but it is surprisingly responsive. I wouldnt want to be casting all day with it but its gonna be amazing trolling on the boat👍