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I sliced the snot out of my finger this evening.  I was final planing the tip of my fourth rod and was admiring how nicely the planing was going - smooth. I ran my ungloved finger over the surface - and along the edge.  F@#$!

How is it that I constantly find new ways to screw up? This was the second tip on a one tip rod, if you know what I mean.  I hope the blood stains won't mean I have to make a third one.  (Dan Zimmerlin)

P.S. to Harry Boyd:  Before slicing my finger, I heat treated my rough planed strips using my new heat treating forms.  They came out straighter than any strips I have seen to date.  Thanks.

    Leave the blood stains, let them be a reminder!!

    If I scrapped every strip for blood stains I'd still be trying to finish rod #1  (Pete Van Schaack)

      And let's not mention where some of those blood stains came from...  (Mark Wendt)

        On the subject of blood and stains, the is a great movie called "The Red Violin" - use your imagination about the title.  Maybe you could use your blood to achieve a nice coloring to your rods.  (Tom Key)

    Just hope the straightness of the strips didn't contribute to the injury. <g>  Glad you like the fixtures.  Yours were among the first I shipped out of the new batch.   (Harry Boyd)

    I use the 1" wide white medical tape wrapped 1 layer around the tip of my fingers when planning. Really cuts down on the slices. I did the same when making my planing forms, kept the blisters to a minimum.  (Bob Gansburg)

    I sliced the snot out of my finger a week ago and amazingly I can barely feel it now. I used super glue to close it up and I was a little worried about an infection, but it appears to healed rather fast and all that is left is some extra dead skin and some discoloration just underneath. I have been wearing a glove religiously for the past few days.  (Scott Bearden)

    PS Where does the snot come from?

      Lack of grits...   ;-)  (Mark Wendt)

    One of the beauties of rodmaking is that when you get to the elevated skill level where you are sure that you have discovered all the ways there are to screw up-- why, you just suddenly invent a new one!  (Steve Weiss)

      Boy, idn't that the truth.  Check out my latest foible here...

      Scroll down to the last set of pictures and you'll see what I mean.  it hasn't quite reached the level of a "True Nunleyism™" since there was neither blood nor direct pain, but nonetheless...  (Mark Wendt)

        UGH!   I put a bored out cork ring in my rest to help keep that sort of thing from happening.    (Neil Savage)

          I bored out the "rest" to a hole of about an inch and a half.  The "rest" really isn't a rest, it's just there mainly to keep the end from whipping around and self destructing.  Unfortunately, the "rest" got cocked, and that's how the rod section ended up with two "wheely" marks on it... (Mark Wendt)

            I had a similar, but worse , incident on my First Rod.  I had already installed the tip top and was lapping the ferrule.  Finished  the lapping  and was  pulling the  tip out of the jury-rigged guide and it fell over on the bench!   AHHHH!!!!! Broke at about the 10" station.  I just went into the house and had a beer.  Two days later I went back into the garage to look at the damage.  It hadn't broken all the way through.  The broken part was long splinters so I elected to repair ALA Garrison directions.

            I fished that rod hard  for a year and had no problems with it. That was with TB II and no extra repair wrap.  It was partly under a guide though so I guess that counts. So now that rod has takes it's place where all "First Rods" go. It sits in the tube in a corner.  I do take it out and cast it about once a year though.   So it doesn't feel TOO lonesome.  (Larry Swearingen)

              I can empathize.  Isn't the first time I've done something stupid in the shop, though none have quite actually reached the heights of a Nunley.  My shop floor has this lovely coating of polyurethane varnish for one.  I tell my wife I coated the floor to keep the concrete dust down...  (Mark Wendt)

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