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    Default Finishing a cane rod

    I have taken delivery of an impregnated cane blank and would value any advice on finishing the rod.
    I assume the reel seats and preformed handles generally advertised for rod building will need to be used, however will i need to put some binding on the cane where these items are to be fitted, or do I use the glue to fill the void that will be present due to the hexagonal shape of the blank?
    I would like the whippings to be neat but do not want the translucent type of finish, any advice on silk or nylon, size of thread and varnish would be appreciated.
    Thanks

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    If you are not used to shaping cork then a ready made handle will probably be best.
    Make sure that it is a tight fit,the adhesive,which should be Araldite slow,will lubricate the passage of the cork over the cane.Use a rough Rat-tail (round) file to open out the bore.
    You can fit the reel fitting over about four buildings up with masking tape,you probably will not need to use enough to cause any problem.
    Araldite Blue/slow again.
    You can use any proprietory nylon thread in size A,or if you want an entirely unecessary challenge you can use Pearsalls Gossamer silk.The finer the better and the more hassle to get it right,there must be no daylights.
    If its your first use nylon.
    All you need is Humbrol model varnish-glossy.No need to varnish the blank so just keep varnishing the whippings once a day until they are smooth,this takes up to eight coats!A small pot is all you need.
    You can use epoxy,I think it looks vile,especially on cane.
    Don't buy a cheap cork handle and spend money on a nice reel fitting,there is absolutely no point scrimping on the fittings of a cane rod,it defeats the object,you are trying to produce a thing of beauty and a small work of art.
    Brushes are important,you need a small,flat sable artists brush,it cannot be too soft,it will cost.
    robin

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    Good advice above.

    Translucent wraps are done by using natural oil based varnishes (Tung oil based/Spar varnishes) on silk wraps, so as long as you avoid these varnishes you should be OK. Take a look at some bamboo rods to see how they finish the rods, finecanerods.co.uk is a great website for this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cassley
    I have taken delivery of an impregnated cane blank and would value any advice on finishing the rod.
    I assume the reel seats and preformed handles generally advertised for rod building will need to be used, however will i need to put some binding on the cane where these items are to be fitted, or do I use the glue to fill the void that will be present due to the hexagonal shape of the blank?
    I would like the whippings to be neat but do not want the translucent type of finish, any advice on silk or nylon, size of thread and varnish would be appreciated.
    Thanks
    Have a look here Rodbuildingforum.com tons of info there ,got ther own bamboo section

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    Quote Originally Posted by snaggit
    Have a look here Rodbuildingforum.com tons of info there ,got ther own bamboo section
    If it's info on cane rods then the Rodmaker's list server is what you want:

    You can subscribe & get the posts emailed and you can also search the archives:

    http://www.uwm.edu/~stetzer/rma/index.html

    Related websites:
    http://www.canerod.com/rodmakers/index.html
    http://www.uwm.edu/~stetzer/Tapers/hexrod-archive.html

    But. Gary Marshall (finecanerods) sets out the process for translucent wraps in more detail on this site (http://www.flyforums.co.uk/showthread.php?t=2843&page=2) than I've found elsewhere.

    Different builders have different methods and you'll see other approaches described. Amazingly generous of Gary to explain how he does it in such detail though - and to such a high standard.

    Ian

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