Fly Fishing Rods #3: Gluing up the birch bark

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Blog entry by Matt Vredenburg posted 10-06-2009 07:16 AM 5182 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 2: Cutting out the birch bark Part 3 of Fly Fishing Rods series Part 4: Turning the handle »

While waiting for some of my rod materials to come in, I started the process of preparing the birch bark. You’ll see that I have cut circular pieces of birch bark using a 1 1/2 inch hole saw with a 1/4 in hole in the middle.

Before the glue up, I used some sand paper to clean up the surfaces…and then veneer the individual wafers together using Titebond III glue. Clamping then up using a 1/4 inch threaded rod (approximately 12 inches long), with a large washer, piece of wood (1.5×1.5) and a nut that I can tighten.

See the work in process pictures and the final glued up pieces of birch bark veneers.

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-- Matt, Arizona

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#1 posted 10-06-2009 01:17 PM

Nice. Can’t wait to see the finished rod.



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Matt Vredenburg

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#2 posted 10-06-2009 04:09 PM

Sorry about the play-by-play process. Between a pretty demanding full-time job and a 22 month old daughter, i don’t have much time in the workshop. Not to mention that I am working on three or four different projects at the same time. That’s the beauty of being a hobbyist, I work on what I am in the mood for.

Hitman – keep an eye on the blog, once I receive my reel seat – the rod this should come together pretty quickly.

-- Matt, Arizona

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#3 posted 10-08-2009 04:45 AM

I love fly fishing and I love woodworking, can’t wait to see where this goes :)

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