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Question - Wire Former
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Posted 03 November 2008 - 08:04 PM
Here's Mach 3 version, I found the one I made on Saturday fiddly to handle and time consuming to make. This one takes about 1/2 hour to make and is just a matter of drilling a pilot hole to take the turned wire barrel, cutting 2 slots in a 1/2' bolt, and filing some 'grip' grooves, and cleaning up. I found some thicker/harder s/s wire, which made turning the loops much easier.
Thanks Bruce for the 'Blogs Wire' link, I will have a look - and yes I know what you mean about the right tools, I have little holes and scratches all over my left hand. As I said previously, this would only be useful for tying the occasional one piece through wire, arthritis takes hold after a couple of hanger sets.pete
Posted 04 November 2008 - 07:11 AM
Pete - Your wire has a very "finished" look to the final appearance. The tight wraps look nice and clean.
The Boggs tackle maker has a "King Pin" in the base and is used to put a kink in the wire that has a centering effect on the wire loop. It's difficult to explain, but simple to perform
You see the first part of the kink in the wire, this is followed by flipping the wire and putting a kink in the other part of the wire after the loop.
Hope this helps produce an even better finished product.
Posted 05 November 2008 - 05:29 AM
bruce - nice little machine and pretty versatile- yesterday I was looking at 2 of those 'spinners' you gave me in Clinton, and again realised how well made they are, I have decided ,I'm going to fish one shortly, maybe those big trout will have a go at them.
That loop is where I have had problems, and as you say it really has to be centred first, or things become very difficult - will have to make a back yard version - if I had a greater call for through wires, I would invest in one of those 'Bloggs' machines, but you know me, nothing like a challenge. pete
Posted 05 November 2008 - 08:39 PM
Pete - I think a simple form using 3 nails might work, something like that in my poorboy diagram. The may thing is getting those sharp bends on either side of the loop.
If you decide to engineer your own tackle maker, add more length to the head shaft to make longer spinners, even if you don't use it right off. If you ever want to make longer spinners, you won't have to wonder how to get some extra space included.
Edited by Spike-A-Pike, 05 November 2008 - 08:40 PM.