Turns out this whole lockdown thing was perfect timing to get going on building some custom rods. I’d started planning to do this back at the start of the year and finally have all the gear in hand and pieces for the rods I need to get going.... and have my work area setup. No more excuses but to get after it
My work area with power wrapper ready to go
Bits and pieces
Rod blanks standing at the ready
EVA foam blocks waiting to be cut up, glued back together and then turned into custom decorative grips
Various threads for the decorative wraps & guide wraps on the rods
Last Edit: Apr 9, 2020 10:19:46 GMT -5 by mwardncsu
Before I get to putting finish epoxy on the rods, I was worried about the cool temps in my basement work area and also bugs, dust, pet hair and such finding its way into the finish - so, in order to put off the hard work of wrapping the rods a bit longer I built a quad drying cabinet.
4, 12 VDC motors with variable speed controls, a heater strip element to warm the cabinet (used a heat strip for reptile cages), a programmable thermostat PID and a timer to shut it down if I forget to go back and cut it off, and a couple of led strips - one inside the cabinet and one under to get more light on the bench.
11.5’ overall length and can hold rods a little over 10.5’ long.
Last Edit: May 18, 2020 18:18:07 GMT -5 by mwardncsu
Those may be the nicest extra lumber storage shelves I've ever seen!!
Oh, and the rod drying contraption thingamajig looks cool too!! :-D
Thanks Chris - built those racks almost 15-20 years ago I think - some of that lumber has been there that long - Some of the chair rail molding that I keep intending to install in the dining room at least 😂