Wooden grasp replacement

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Wooden grasp replacement

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I picked up this Terry reel at the first ORCA Convention I attended about 15 years ago. Being a newbie at that time and eager to score a deal on an old reel, I picked up this Terry reel that was offered at a relatively low price because the grasp had been replaced with a piece of roughly shaped cork. The rough condition had been bugging me for years and I was reminded it was on my shelf when David Lehman came to visit a few weeks ago. So, now that our weather is warm enough to get into the garage I finally decided to do something about it. I made a nicer looking grasp on my lathe using some African blackwood. Of course it cracked as soon as I peened it back onto the crank arm :bash: but the cracks aren't that noticeable and it looks kind of authentic that way. I may make another just for practice.

New grasp assembled onto reel:


Before:



Taken down:


On the lathe:

My process was to secure a wood blank in the headstock, turn it into a cylinder, drill a hole for the pin, then start shaping from the base up to the tip, sanding well before it got to the tip. The central hole makes it part off a bit too soon so additional hand sanding is required after it comes flying off the lathe :lol:. I ended up re-mounting between centres and shaping some more as my initial attempt resulted in a grasp that was a bit too short. I guess it is still a hair too short which is why it cracked when I re-peened.



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Beautiful job Paul.
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Nice, Paul! Murphy's law, right?
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Very nice, Paul! That’s pretty wood! I've never worked with that one. Will have to check it out!
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john elder wrote: Thu Mar 17, 2022 11:47 pm Very nice, Paul! That’s pretty wood! I've never worked with that one. Will have to check it out!
I’ll keep my eye out next ice storm on my property…. Seriously though, great work, Paul.
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Very cool. Very pretty.
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