MOAR Mod II

After a couple of months of beveling bamboo fly rod strips with the rougher, a couple of things  became apparent…the bed of the rougher, 6061 aluminum alloy was leaving marks on the enamel sides of the bamboo strips.

Machining the teflon on the bed of the bamboo fly rod rougher

Machining the teflon on the bed of the bamboo fly rod rougher

So the bed for the bamboo fly rod strip beveler was put into the Kurt Vise, and inletted for PTFE strips.  After the strips were glued to the bed, the entire bed was machined flat:

machining ptfe bed into bamboo fly rod beveler

machining ptfe bed into bamboo fly rod beveler

This modification eliminated the discoloration of the bamboo strips when run through the rougher.  While the machine was apart, I decided to add a depth gauge to allow the accurate positioning of the cutter.  This allows the machine bed at the cutter to be preserved so that the bamboo fly rod strip is supported thereby eliminating tear out.

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The teflon guide strips eliminate discoloration as well as making the push-in pull-through process drag-free.  The addition of the depth gauge allows consistent,  easily-repeated positioning of the cutters.  Dial-in of butt strips and tip strips is done at a twist of the dial.

Posted by on April 14th, 2009

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