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  • Vice modification: Cradle arm addition

    Still rainy out. Been watching a bunch of BigT tying videos. He has this cool swing around thing on his vice to hold the bobbin in place while using the rotary function for hackle. Naturally I got jealous and wanted one too.Honestly didn't even know what this swing around thing was called. Looked it up. Its called a rotary cradle. I used my engineering skill to fashion my own...this is temporary while I fashion a more permanent one out of wire like on the griffin odyssey spider. Boredom not necessity is the mother of invention :


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    I don't understand how this is supposed to work, can you explain? Jim

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    • #3
      Jim,
      It appears that he has two table clamps and is using the top one to swing the bobbin rest into the desired position.
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      • #4
        Originally posted by nielson View Post
        I don't understand how this is supposed to work, can you explain? Jim
        it holds your bobbin in place when used on a rotary vice, to allow access to the fly from all angles when spinning the vice. It is helpful as it gets the free swinging bobbin out of the wau, and keeps the bobbin from adding more wraps on top of your fly as you rotate the vise.

        It makes a lot more since in practice than it does in words. I have this feature on my peak vise, and almost never use it, except for getting the bobbin out of the way for making dubbing brushes.
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        • #5
          Originally posted by Chuck Morris View Post
          Jim,
          It appears that he has two table clamps and is using the top one to swing the bobbin rest into the desired position.
          bobbin rest sounds better. Cradle arm sounds like a baby stealing monster.
          We are the music-makers,
          And we are the dreamers of dreams,
          Wandering by lone sea-breakers
          And sitting by desolate streams;
          World losers and world forsakers,
          On whom the pale moon gleams.

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          • #6
            Pure genius, no surprise given the OP.
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            • #7
              Is that bobbin stuck in that chunk of dowel being used as the rest or is it supposed to be the bobbin used in tying? That's what I don't understand. Seems a piece of coat hanger wire bent to shape and attached to the dowel piece would work too?
              Jim
              Last edited by nielson; 04-25-17, 09:21 AM.

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              • #8
                Gout-U is a very handy guy! After seeing the awesome racing spoiler on the back of my Corvette, he just had to have one for his own ride.

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