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Re: Two for CKTG!!

Fri Jun 15, 2012 7:59 pm

Great tutorial!! Thanks. I picked up some good tips.
Wish I was as fast as you.

Re: Two for CKTG!!

Fri Jun 15, 2012 8:13 pm

I have lots of machinery, some new, some old, that makes it much easier! I have a method down where I just go through the processes. Trace, cut out the profile, drill the holes, finish off the front edge (belt sander 60 grit belt, Ex fine Iwasaki File, 320, 400 sand paper, 1500 micro mesh), then epoxy. After that, the belt sander does quick work on rough shaping the handle and the Iwasaki files work very quickly to prep the handle for hand sanding. After that, it's all fit and finish work! The belt sanders really make the work quick, especially the 1x30 with the small contact wheel. I can usually get a handle done in around 2-3 hours. I always let them sit for a day after I bring it up to the 12,000 grit finish, and then go back and hand sand all of the scratches I find out and go to like a 1500 grit with the Micro Mesh. I like a little grip to the handle; the 12,000 is truly polished and can be slippery. Once I clean everything up with the 1500 Micro Mesh, I rub in some coats of Tru Oil to help seal up any tiny pores in the handles.

Re: Two for CKTG!!

Fri Jun 15, 2012 8:25 pm

Wow i really want to learn to do this for myself. This looks extremely neat. i admire your work. Please post more pictures whenever you have time as you do sound very busy. Thanks

Re: Two for CKTG!!

Fri Jun 15, 2012 8:25 pm

Got some better pics! The Tru Oil helps make the grain pop a bit more and I found some slight shade.

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Re: Two for CKTG!!

Fri Jun 22, 2012 7:19 pm

These two got packed up and UPS'd out today!

Re: Two for CKTG!!

Fri Jun 22, 2012 9:47 pm

Hi Tim,

Great work. I'm really excited to see these in person.

Those of you that might want to have Tim do a handle for you feel free to pm him and deal direct.

Tim, do you have a website where we can see your fishing poles? You're welcome to put a link to a blog, facebook or website on your signature line here so people can check out your work. I'll be sending you more stuff next week. :)

Re: Two for CKTG!!

Fri Jun 22, 2012 9:50 pm

I have a website TAJOutdoors.net that I use, but I haven't updated it in a while. I have a blog at tajoutdoors.blogspot.com that I keep a running photo log of pretty much all of my rods and stuff since when I started the rod business back in 2008. The rods have slowed way down lately, so I added in the kit knives and rehandling to give me something to do. I enjoy the knife work more than the rod work!

Looking forward to the new stuff Mark!!

Re: Two for CKTG!!

Tue Jun 26, 2012 9:19 am

Mark should be getting a box from the Little Brown Truck of Joy today!! UPS is delivering them a day early!

Re: Two for CKTG!!

Tue Jun 26, 2012 2:13 pm

Saweeet! Nice fit, I love looking at rehandle work like this

Re: Two for CKTG!!

Tue Jun 26, 2012 8:13 pm

HI Tim,

Got em and they're GREAT! Well done! :)
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