rofish

Pocket size drying wheel

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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!

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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.

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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

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Just managed to see the photo's, my system is not good, unlike your drier, which is excellent. Great design.

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BobP,

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.

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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.

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