Here are the photos of the rod wrapper that I promised. The wire thing holds the thread perpendicular to the rod. I look down on the rod as I wrap. I want to barely see the straight thread stretched tight below the rod. That's my plumb line. I can see where the wraps are going to lay on the blank by the angle of the thread. It just takes a couple minutes to wrap a guide foot with this setup. Without a plumb line, it might take 10 or 12 minutes. I've experimented with several different wrapping setups and this is the most comfortable for me. It also produces the best results.
I got the idea for the tensioners that hold the thread from Tony Spezio. I can't remember where I got those cup shaped plastic washers. I just remember that it was something Tony told me I could find at the hardware store. Whatever it was, it was cheap, and works great.
Also, notice the rod cradles mounted to clamps. I use four clamps to cradle the rod. You've probably seen much cooler looking wrapping jigs, but this one does everything the high dollar rigs do for a really small investment. Like a dollar a piece for the clamps at the flea market and homemade cradles from scrap plastic. This rod wrapping setup cost less than $10. The vertical height of the cradles is adjustable by about an inch to level up the rod. Horizontal adjustments are unlimited...just move the clamps as needed. Simple is good!
Monday, December 08, 2008