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    Default Making your own snake guides.

    This has been mentioned by a couple of people on this forum, myself included and has for some reason caught my imagination. Probably because I'm tight fisted! Anyway here's my step by step to making your own snakes.
    To begin you need some hard metal in smallish blocks, brass would be pretty as would bronze and I'm sure aluminium would be fine as well. All I had available was some steel in 3/4" square left over from making my planing forms so that is what I used. I started by cutting a couple of blocks about 1/2 an inch thick. The exact size doesn't matter much so whatever feels right in your hand.

    The next stage is to cut the central pin that the guides will be wrapped around. I used an old 5mm drill bit and cut it about 15mm in length.

    That done it's time to drill the steel blocks to accept the pin. You are aiming for a depth which will leave a gap between the blocks of between 5 and 7mm when the guide maker is assembled.

    Next drill the holes which will feed the wire. These should be 1.5 to 2mm in diameter and should be set 2mm from the edge of the pin holes. They go all the way through the blocks.

    The finished makers.

    Half assembled.

    And assembled.

    Time to make your first guide.
    I used stainless steel wire bought from a local tackle shop. It is normally used in the construction of lead sea fishing weights. You can also use piano wire, dental wire or if you can get it tungsten. Place a length of your chosen wire through the smaller 2mm holes and bend one end at right angles to prevent it slipping.

    Then simply twist the right hand block clockwise one full turn to create the snake.

    Once you are happy with the amount of twist in the wire snip off the right angled bit and separate the maker to remove the guide.

    Trim the ends to length and hammer flat to create the feet.

    Here is my first completed guide pictured beside a shop bought one for reference.


    Different sizes of makers can be made by varying the size of the pin, a small pin makes a small snake. Just find a drill bit which corresponds to the size of guide you want to make.
    Hope you liked reading this, I've had a great time playing in the workshop.
    Tight lines everyone.
    Simon.
    Last edited by 19 Fut Sheelin; 16-01-2009 at 09:09 PM.

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    Thumbs up Great Stuff!

    Thanks for posting this - it is really helpful and looks nice and straightforward. Love the step-by-step - I will be knocking one of these up at somepoint soon! Thanks very much!

    Toby

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    Well done Simon, brilliant, enjoyed the step by step.
    Men and fish are alike, they both get into trouble when they open their mouths.

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    Great stuff Simon, thanks for posting.
    Do you think the stainless wire is any more likely to get bent (damaged) in use than the shop bought ones or does it appear as strong?

    Pete

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    Thanks for the kind words gents. I really enjoyed making this, great fun and I'll never be stuck for a guide either. Toby, it really is as simple as it looks, it must be after all I managed it! By the way, how are the planing forms coming on? Stephen, thanks friend. Pete, I wondered about that at the initial stage because the wire did seem a bit soft. I went ahead just to see if it would work and after twisting the wire it is a lot stiffer, maybe its the shape that does it or maybe "cold working" the wire hardens it a little. I'm not sure but it is definitely much stronger in the finished form. I suppose you could go to the trouble of case hardening the wire after completion but I really don't think you need to. It seems as tough as the bought ones to me. Sorry to take so long answering but I've been in the shop cutting steel and drilling all day, I've three more sizes to make!!
    Tight lines all,
    Simon.
    Last edited by 19 Fut Sheelin; 17-01-2009 at 09:17 PM.

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    Looking forward to you showing us how to make a tip ring now.
    Clever so and so.
    Men and fish are alike, they both get into trouble when they open their mouths.

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    Talking superb

    top man step by step guide, you've made it look so simple, the manufacturers will be after your guts, whens the tip ring step by step coming out
    tightlines
    Tommy
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    Thumbs up Have to agree.

    Quote Originally Posted by mrtrout View Post
    Well done Simon, brilliant, enjoyed the step by step.
    The most unusual (a good thing) 'step by step' posted on the Forum. Too Cool!

    Fred

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    Tip ring step by step????? Gimmee a break guys, I'm new at this. Anyway I'm still trying to source agate sheets and nickel silver wire for the stripper guides.

    http://www.bamboorodmaking.com/html/guide_making.html

    Nice eh?
    Tight lines,
    Simon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 19 Fut Sheelin View Post
    .... Anyway I'm still trying to source agate sheets and .....
    http://www.crystalage.com/online_sto...FUse3godDBEZmg

    Half way?
    Plusnet/Madasafish > Liars to the internet community

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