The rod on the operating table!
First step completed.......getting the butt cap off was a struggle! Turns out it has an aluminum stud that is epoxied into the butt of the rod......had to use a hacksaw to deal with that! Used a file to flatten the backside of the buttcap so I could re-use it. Took the foam,winding check, and thread off with a razor knife and used some sand paper to remove old epoxy.
Same thing for the other part of the grip. Used a flat screwdriver to remove the old foam from the mortise on the rear of the reel seat.
Used a piece of handle foam from Mudhole.com and began by cutting it to rough length and reaming the inside to get a snug fit on the blank. Tried doing this by hand, but gave up and used the drill pretty quickly!
Put the rough grip on a mandrel and then used my benchtop lathe to take it from 1.375" to the 1.10" diameter of the rear of the reel seat. It looked pretty plain this way, so I made a very slight taper towards the back and then a little flair back out to mate with the buttcap.
Cut to final length on the lathe and also cut the tennon to slip into the reel seat.
Used epoxy to glue the new grip on.
Fun build and I wouldn't hesitate to do it again............might have to try it on one of my own Cumaras!
IMHO, it made the balance slightly better since long rods with a split grip tend to be tip heavy.JDLaman wrote:Looks really nice. Great Job! Did it affect the balance very much?
Y don't like the cumara's split handle , the bottom grip is too small, IMHO
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Very nicely done..professional
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never thought I would see the day that guys would be going to full grips!
next thing will be guys building. with macro guides! hehe
I like split grips on all my rods up to 7', I prefer a full rear grip on rods over 7'. It making them balance better thus making it feel lighter.Iowa Matt wrote:IMHO, it made the balance slightly better since long rods with a split grip tend to be tip heavy.JDLaman wrote:Looks really nice. Great Job! Did it affect the balance very much?
Great build Matt, thanks for posting all the steps.
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