Bamboo Table Saw Jig and Bamboo Band Saw Jig
These jigs came about after a discussion at the Colorado Rodmakers Reunion in July 2014. Several rodmakers were sitting around discussing the new band saw jig Jed Dempsey had just put out when someone suggested trying to saw cane with the enamel side down thus eliminating the all the work to clean out nodal dams. I really liked that idea since I was already sawing my strips.
I spent the next couple of months working on different ideas until I came up with what you see here
The table saw jig is designed to hold a half culm of bamboo which makes it possible to get an initial clean, straight cut on your culm. The jig is five feet long with three bungee hold-downs to secure the bamboo. The right side of the jig is positioned 2.625" from the blade, I suggest the use of feather boards on the left side of the jig to ensure it runs true.
The band saw fence is placed to the left of the blade by the desired thickness of the bamboo strip. The band saw jig is mounted to the table of the band saw flush to the fence. There is a .5625' deep slot where the band saw blade goes, this allows strips up to .500" wide. The cut side of the bamboo is placed against the fence and pushed down the fence to give you the desired width strip. I have sawed numerous culms of bamboo with very few strips needing straightening.
Watch the videos to see how to use these.
Bamboo Table Saw Jig - $175 plus shipping
Bamboo Band Saw Jig - $50 plus shipping
I have shrink wrap available in 2, 3 and 4 inch widths.
The 2 inch width is perfect protection for your cork grips during construction, the 3 inch width can be used to protect a rod tube label for 1-5/8 inch rod tubes, the 4 inch protects labels for 2 and 2-1/2 inch rod tubes.
50 feet of 2 inch wide shrink wrap $6.00 plus shipping
50 feet of 3 inch wide shrink wrap $8.00 plus shipping
50 feet of 4 inch wide shrink wrap $10.00 plus shipping.
Snake Guide Maker Kit
For those of you that want to twist your own snake guides I have a snake maker kit that will twist guides from 4/0 to 6 and as a bonus I provide barrels that you can use to twist hook keepers. Made from C360 brass and a stainless steel dowel pin the snake twister is small and functional.
The kit also includes a foot press that can be used with a vise or arbor press to flatten the feet, the press is made from A2 tool steel and hardened for durability. The foot press is designed to fit the guides made from my twister.
My personal preference for snakes is either 18% half-hard nickel silver wire or half hard bronze wire however you can use music wire, memory wire or stainless steel wire.
Snake Guide Maker Kit - $85 plus shipping
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