ROD BUILDING TIPS
Cutting Abrasive

By Mal Mowbray

Here is a tip from Volume 2 - Issue #1 of RodMaker Magazine.

RodMaker Magazine

Before applying the epoxy for your tapered reamer, wrap the length of the rod blank with 1/2" masking tape, leaving at least an equal distance between tape wraps as the tape width itself. After spreading the epoxy and grit, unwrap the tape before the epoxy sets to allow space for the sanded material to move into after it is cut away. This helps to provide space for the removed material until it is brought out of either end.

Additionally, you can obtain the exact same cutting grit material from your local shopping mall. Just ask the janitors for a small bit of the materil they use in the asktrays. It is the very same stuff! Each time I have done so, I was given about 2-pints of material. No sense in paying for something that isn't necessary. I have also asked my local casino for some and they gave me a whole coin cup full. Since not everyone will have a local casino, I might also suggest trying the local hotel industry as many of them also use this material in their ashtrays. ~ Mal Mowbray

Publishers note:

If you have any tips or techniques, send them along! Help out your fellow rodmakers! ~ Publisher, FAOL

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