Sunday, April 19, 2009

Fishing line stripper

I made this simple line stripper to take the fishine line off my reels this year. I cut about 12" of 3/8" dowell and cut a 3" long slit on one end. Set the drag as low as you can on the reel and slip some of the line through the slit on the dowell. Run the drill as fast as it goes. Be very careful not to let the line get up by the chuck of the drill it could cause damage to the drill. When done you can pull the line off the end and bring it for recycling.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

planer board mast in place

Bolted on and ready to fish.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Planer board mast

The reels of the planer board mast I made completely in my shop. I used glued up maple for the center of the reel and the ratchet. 1/4" plywood for the outsides. I made a circle cutting jig for the bandsaw to cut all the round pieces. I layed out the notches for the ratchet in AutoCad and traced them. I free handed the cuts for the notches.

The stops against the ratchet are also maple and pushed forward by die springs attached to the metal structure of the mast base. My buddy refers to this as the midevil torture device. You can really hear and feel the clicks as the ratchet goes past the stops and the stops snap back.

I built the reels oppposite hand so I can reel in both lines without any complexity of my hands going opposite directions. Of course the port side is orage dacron and the starboard is green (as close to red and green as I could find).

Planer board mast

This give an overall of the mast in it's finality. I made the base at work with metal that we had laying around. The pulleys are from Lowes and are designed for dog runs. They are rated to 150%. I put a tiny bungee cord towards the bottom of the mast to keep the lines tight.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Rod holder "rocket launcher"

1 1/2" PVC. holes drilled through 2x4 with a circle cutter. I ran the 2x4 through the thickness planer on a fixture that held it tilted. I drilled and ran screws through the 2x4 and pipe to hold in place. The rods bottom out on the screws. I made stainless brackets that fit my Bert's custom tackle track. I sanded the pvc to remove marking and scuff. Sprayed with Kilz primer, good to go. When I'm done for the day the rocket launcher is easy to remove.

Collapsible planer board attempt

In the folded position they measure 34 1/2" (88 cm). Not tiny, but maybe less awkward?

This bottom view shows how the 1/4 x 3/4 aluminum bar will wedge against the boards when open.