ROD BUILDING TIPS
Protecting Hook Keepers
Or Protecting the Finish from Hook Keepers

By Thomas C. Duncan, Sr.

When turning a rod that has a "ring and saddle" hook keeper, the ring - hanging loosely off the saddle loop - will often fall into the finish and cement itself to the wraps and/or create blemishes in the finish. To eliminate this hassle, use a needle or quilting pin to hold the ring straight off the blank while the rod turns. Just stick it through the ring at an angle and poke the tip into the cork grip. The pin will then keep the ring out of the wet finish.

Be sure to use a fine wire pin, or it will leave a hole in the cork. A tiny hole will self-heal due to cork's elastic qualities. ~ Thomas C. Duncan, Sr.

Publishers note:

If you have any tips or techniques, send them along! Help out your fellow rodmakers! ~ Publisher, FAOL

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