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    Default Fitting Ferrules

    I have two cane rods which I have been fitting new ferrules to for 25 years or so. ie job not yet finished. When they are put on the cane the ferrules do not puh in far enough and in the past I have filed the ferrules to get a good fit but have often finish up with play.

    Is there a knack to making ferrules fit?

    rusty

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    Hi Rusty

    On new ferrules the male part is usually supplied one or two thousands of an inch over the diameter of the female. The method I use is to mount the rod in a lathe and use a strip of 600 or 1000 grade abrasive to slowly reduce the diameter of the male ferrule, checking it frequently, until you get the fit you like.
    You can do it by hand, and you're less likely to take too much off. A loop of abrasive around the ferrule and turning the rod with your other hand. Try to keep an even pressure on the whole length of the ferrule so that don't end up with a tapered ferrule. You might want to start with a slightly rougher grade of abrasive and switch to 600/1000 as you get close to the final fit. I wouldn't use a file - it's going to be too rough.
    The 'knack' if there is one, is to go slowly and keep checking the fit.

    I'd much prefer it if they supplied ferrules ready dressed. It's annoying to say the least when you get through all the stages of rod building and then ****** up the ferrules by taking too much off.
    Pete

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    Rusty,

    Theres a description in Harry Boyd's article on global fly fisher you might find useful.

    http://globalflyfisher.com/rodbuilding/bamboo7/

    Also an article on bamboo rod making by Dave Collyer:

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

    Ian
    Last edited by IanH; 03-12-2006 at 04:04 PM.

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    Thanks for your time and trouble in replying.

    When I find the time I will put your suggestions into practice.

    I hope to have a knock free rod.

    Regards

    rusty

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    Quote Originally Posted by rusty
    Thanks for your time and trouble in replying.

    When I find the time I will put your suggestions into practice.

    I hope to have a knock free rod.

    Regards

    rusty
    See my mail in the thread below, it cures rod knock caused by wobbly ferrules, a very good trick if you "over do" the sanding.

    Quote Originally Posted by The Otter Startler, SJF
    Female ferrules that are slightly oversized, or that have become worn and slack can be easily tightened again, I’ve done it.

    What you need is a cheap DIY pipe cutting tool, the sort with a cutting wheel that screws down on to a pipe rolling on two rollers, the tool itself is palm sized and sort of C shaped. They are a couple of quid. Anyway, unscrew the blade and pop along to your local bearing factor (yes, they are all over the place you’ve just never noticed!) and buy a bearing to replace the cutting wheel. About 1.50.

    Then you just snug it up on the outside of your female ferrule and turn it round a couple of times, tightening slightly as you do. Keep checking the fit, and remember to do this all down the female ferrule. It really does work a treat and I’m a cack handed git. You end up with two tools for the price of one as well
    Last edited by The Otter Startler, SJF; 17-01-2007 at 04:20 PM.

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