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Old 11-18-06, 02:28 PM   #1
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Smile How I make cork grips

OK, several people have ask me about how I make my cork grips, so I took a few pics while making one this week, so i could explain it better. I figured I would go ahead and post it for anyone that may want to see.
Note: I'm sure there are others that build them different and better , But this works for me.

pic one - Here is all the stuff I use to build a 7'' grip. Cork rings, 1/4'' threaded rod, washers, nuts and 60min epoxy. All the cork for this grip came from here http://www.lamarfishing.com/


pic two- I have mixed the epoxy and am putting it on both sides of the cork rings (only coat one side of the end rings) I apply the epoxy to the ring and then scrape off as much as i can, leaving a very thin layer of epoxy.


pic three - After putting the epoxy on the rings I slid them on to the treaded rod.


pic four - I have glued all the ring together on the treaded rod, now i put a nut on the other side and tighten it down. I will let the rings dry over night like this.


Pic five- The rings have dried, and now im ready to turn it, Here I have put the threaded rod into my homemade lath, and made sure it is level. Be sure to make sure that it is level. I learned this the hard way Im using a 1x2 block with 60 grit sand paper stapled to it, to get the cork size down closer to the final grip size.


pic six- now I have started using 120 grit sand paper, holding it in my hand and shaping the grip. On this grip, I am tring to match the other one you see in the pic, so I am checking the measurments often.


Pic seven- I have got the grip close to the shape i want so i switch over to 300 to get just how i want it. Once i have the shape perfect i go over it with 600 grit to get it real smooth.


Here's how it turned out


I hope this helps, Im not very good at explaining thing so let me know if you have any questions. Streamer

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Old 11-18-06, 04:37 PM   #2
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Do you use any kind of release agent to make sure that the grip doesn't stick to the threaded rod? Also, can you give some details of the jig that holds your drill? Did you buy it or make it?

Thanks!

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Old 11-18-06, 04:50 PM   #3
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I dont use the a release agent, I just use plyers and turn the grip, it breaks loose easy and then unscrew it off the rod. I have never had a issue with cork breaking.
Here is some pics of the lath i build.


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Old 11-18-06, 08:35 PM   #4
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Ok, thanks.

What is that shown in the last photo, the sleeve the rod slides into?

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Old 11-18-06, 09:34 PM   #5
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Pretty slick Streamer , and looks like "on a budget" as well. I like it.

Also, got your P.M. and was not being rude, just real busy. I will give you a call, maybe the week after Thanksgiving.

Again, pretty slick lathe.

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Old 11-19-06, 11:10 AM   #6
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flyby, it a bushing i found at homedepot.

Rickster, no worries.
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Old 11-19-06, 03:00 PM   #7
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Neat post streamer. I think you did a great job explaining. And that's a great looking grip as an example. Is it going on a special blank?
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Old 11-20-06, 08:31 AM   #8
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Thanks GTS, I was hoping others would understand it. It going on a new rainshadow 7'9'' 3wt. Not a special blank, but i really like it.
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Old 11-20-06, 09:10 AM   #9
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They build into a great small stream rod imo. Looking forward to some fish porn pics with the finished rod in the background.
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Old 11-20-06, 11:01 AM   #10
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Gonetoseed is there a way to retain this post as a sticky?
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