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Pocket size drying wheel
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Posted 02 January 2008 - 04:31 PM
I have seen many idea son TU about how to make a drying wheel, but no one is good for me. I don’t have a work shop to put such a big thing in. I needed a small drying wheel, very light, and easy to dismantle and put it away in a wardrobe. After months of scratching my head for solutions, I had the idea of using 2 CDs to make a light wheel. I used the transparent type of CD, the kind used to protect the real ones, but real ones could also be used. I made 4 discs out of rubber material, which I glued symetrically between the 2 CDs. Then I made through holes in the rubber and CD. After that, I enlarged a little bit the holes into the CDs, so that the lure holders would meet only the rubber material (there is no friction between lure holders and CD).
I bought a second hand microwave electric motor, and I made a clamping device for the motor out of metal sheet. The hardest part was to find a linking part between the motor and the wheel, to make the pass from the small diameter of motor axle, to the bigger diameter of the CD. I found this part in a very old radio set. But it was not made exactly for the job. I had to extend the side with the bigger diameter. I succeded to do this by gluing rubber discs at the end. Now this linking part is even better, because the rubber disc enters the hole of one CD, and there is enough friction between the red rubber disc and the CD.
The smaller diameter was a little bit large, so to corrected that, I wrapped some heavy duty adhesive tape on the axle of the electrical motor. I push the linking part gently into the axle, and again, there is enough friction, so I don’t have to use the blocking screw which this part has by construction. I know that engineers would be very surprised to see such a „technical” solution for the problem, but I can tell you this: it works, and it works good.
Now about the lure holders.
In the thread „Lure holders” I posted pics of a lure holder which I imagined during the reading of the thread. I said there I needed 6-7 minutes to make one. But for these lure holders I needed 3-4 hours for the first one, and about an hour for the last one. I used steel metal sheet, and it is extremely difficult to drill holes into such material, especially with a hand drilling machine. I also had to make washers to fit the metal sheet. I used thicker metal sheet. I soldiered the washers at the ends of the steel metal strip. With the screw and nut tight, I also soldiered the nut on place, on one of the washers. I did not find wind nuts for 3 mm screws (the smallest they had was 4 mm, but 3 mm screw is enough to clamp the lure - and I wanted to keep everything as light as possible. In this case, I had to make myself some wind screws.
I also glued some sanding paper on the inside part of the metal sheet strip ends. This gives an extraordinary clamping force . My first idea was aluminium or copper metal sheet, but I think sanding paper is the best.
The wheel, the linking part and the 4 lure holders weight only 88 grams (3.1 oz)
I used this drying wheel only for 2 lures up to now. I left it run for almost an hour. The motor got warm, almost hot, but I don’t think this would be a problem.
One more thing: the guy from whom I bought the motor, told me it has the speed that I was asking for, 5-6 rpm. Only after making the disc functioning, I was able to time the speed: it has 15 rpm!. To compare, I measured the speed of my microwave oven: it has 5 rpm. I hope this would not be a problem. Anyway, the disc being so small, the peripherical speed is not so high.
I guess some TU members who do not have a working shop, might consider such an idea for a drying wheel.
And those who make musky size baits, might take into consideration the idea of using rubber to put the lure holders in. It is much cheaper than electrical or audio jacks.
I almost forgot: thanks, Hazmail, for your thread about uploading multiple pictures.
Posted 02 January 2008 - 04:50 PM
Rofish. I think that the size and design are absolute genius. I still learn something new on TU every day and these really has my gears spinning. I have never really looked at CDs as a building material before. I can also see having several drying wheels driven off a single microwave motor using rubber belts. Thanks Rofish!
Posted 02 January 2008 - 06:55 PM
Very neat! But don't you get epoxy all over your pocket when you insert the dryer with lures attached? BTW, for guys seeking a good cheap 4 rpm AC gear motor, I can recommend a Macro Yang AC1011. Used one for several years now with no failures and it cost me around $6. They have a surprising amount of torque for a small gear motor. I wouldn't try running a bicycle wheel dryer with one but they do nicely turning a small 10" axle with 6 lure clips on it. I've seen them on Ebay as well as on the American Science & Surplus website.
Posted 03 January 2008 - 02:31 AM
Rofish, exceptional wheel, made out of bits anyone will have around the house. Innovative ideas included in a drying wheel, big and inexpensive enough for your average (small) lure builder too. I appreciate some of the difficulties you must have, especially posting this in your second language, it must have taken hours, I know some of mine do, and I am supposed to be literate in English. Great work 'rofish' .pete
Posted 03 January 2008 - 02:31 AM
Just managed to see the photo's, my system is not good, unlike your drier, which is excellent. Great design.
Posted 03 January 2008 - 03:14 AM
I do not insert the dryer with lures attached. The wheel stays fit on the axle of the motor. I take a lure holder, clamp the lure in it, topcoat it, then I turn off the motor (if there is another lure for drying), insert the small stick (handle) of the lure holder into the hole of one of the 4 rubber discs on the wheel, then turn on the motor again. For the first lure which I put in the dryind wheel, I have a "false" lure on the opposite rubber disc, to balance the weight on the wheel. Also, I put a false lure for the 3rd lure to dry. Or, I would better say, I will do that if I ever put 3 lures at a time to dry, but I don't think this will be the case, because I don't have more than 2 lures at once on the wheel.
When I insert the lure holder, I must keep the other hand on the wheel, opposite the lure, because the wheel is flexible, and otherwise it would flex or move.
The drying wheel has 3 parts, but I see no reason why I should not glue the linking part to the disc. What I like about this dryer, is that it is very easy to assemble or dismantle. It takes me less than a minute to stop the drying wheel and put it in a wardrobe.
Posted 03 January 2008 - 11:15 AM
Excellent idea for the small builder like myself. Thanks
Posted 03 January 2008 - 06:51 PM
That is excellent, rofish.
I think you're baits are excellent also.
Posted 05 January 2008 - 03:44 PM
Thanks to all.
One more thing to say. Meanwhile, I have managed to break the stick of a lure holder. I cut these sticks off the plastic handles of some cheap paint brushes. I liked the fact that they have a slowly decreasing diameter towards the end. Or maybe I was to lazy to think of a better material. Anyway, I should have tested the handles before gluing them in the lure holders. Now I have found out that they break easily. I have some bamboo sticks at home, which fit the diameter of the hole in the metal sheet. When sanding them, I noticed that some fibers of the wood tend to split from the wood. I solved this problem with propionate solution. 3 layers, sand, one layer, sand, and so on until I was satisfied with the result. Now it is very smooth. And I don't think this will ever break.
So if you think you will make lure holders similar to mines, pay attention to the materials you use.
The picture below shows how I keep the lure holder between my fingers when I topcoat the lure.