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: Blending cork around the top of seat...

05-02-2002, 07:33 AM
Anyone ever sand down the top seat cork ring thing by hand? I don't have a lathe.

John Desjardins
05-02-2002, 08:22 AM
I saw the picture you posted, and wondered the same thing. Since I haven't done it before, take this advice with a grain of salt. First mask off the grip and seat with masking tape. Next get use a rasp or double cut file to get the diameter close to of the handle. Then use 120 grit turning the grip by hand to bring it closer, and follow up with 220 or finer. Save some of the cork dust in case pits need to be filled & sanded.

Nooksack Mac
05-02-2002, 05:22 PM
I do it about the same way as John. If you have a favorite rod handle, work with it close by as a visual/tactile template. With calipers, you can copy and match a grip's diameter at any point.
Working freehand, you can custom-fit a grip. I frequently leave a flat or gentle concavity on the top/front of a single-handed fly rod, for my thumb, and sometimes I make a slight concavity on the rear side of the grip for the pad of my hand (on the left side, since I'm a port-sider).
Work slowly; test frequently. You can grind cork off, but you can't put it back. (Except as glue/dust caulking for the pits.)

05-21-2002, 05:08 PM

Just be careful, the repetative motion of shaping a rod grip can become addictive! Some have even been known to go blind from it!

05-21-2002, 07:25 PM
I need my vision for sight fishing... I'd better put it on the lathe :eyecrazy: