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I started today (10-10-2013) with a new splitcane rod. The tapering is mainly a Gillum 7.6 ft for a 5wt line. I shall make it in 3 pieces. I shall show you the pictures and now and then I will describe what I am doing.
 
 
I will use the left pole for the rod 
 
The first knot is away 
 
The first split from the pole 
 
All the 9 pieces of bamboo, ready to use 
 
Splitting was easy: a nice pole. 
Midsection is cut of at 80cm
 
 
Three sections are on 80 cm, knots evenly distributed on pairs.
 
Planing the knots
To file the outside knot
To file the inside knot so you can press the outside straight
Make the knot hot
Pressing the outside knot away
 
planing the bamboo lath square
six almost square laths
 
 
 
 
 
Making the blade of the plane sharp 
 
18 splines more or less quadraat
 
 
adjust the gauge with pieces of 0.3 mm 
 
here you can see the two pieces of 0.3 mm between the two sides of the gauge 
 
turning the nuts  
 
the gauge is ready to use for rough planing the splines in 60 degrees
 
the spline is about to be planed 
 
planing in 60 degree 
 
rough planing is ready 
 
 so much curls 
binding the strips together before baking
 
 
The three pieces of the rod before baking
 
 
 
Heating my "oven" before the bamboo pieces go in the oven
It has to be 160 degrees celsius
keeping the air in the oven at 150 degrees celsius by blowing hot air in it
The temp is about 150 degrees and the bamboo stays there for 20 minutes to bake the moist out of the bamboo
A list of all the digits that shall make the tapering of the rod
The gauge is made ready to plane the first spline on the right thickness
from 3.33 mm half thickness of the rod to 3.94 mm ( this is the butt)
 
If the spline is almost good you have to measure with a digital caliper gauge, measuring every ten cm (4 inch)
till the thickness is within 3/100 of a mm.
on the outside of the spline there is a "enamel finish"
 
I use a scraper to remove the enamel
here the enamel is removed, showing the fibers on the outside
 
the three pieces are planed
 
helas there is room between the spline number 2 and 3 from the middle section: I have to make it again
The good news is: I had a piece of bamboo that has the knots on the right place.
 
I put the splices with the outside of the rod on the glue-table, the string is removed from the butt.
 
The butt, the middle section and the top glued on the glue-table
 
 
making the glue
 
Putting the glue on the splices with a toothbrush
 
the glue must be everywhere
 
Here I heat the glued sections on 90 degrees Celsius to make the glue like glass
 
the middle section in the tensioner
 
The string is removed so I can scrape off the glue on the outside
 
 
The package from mister Chapman arrived today 
 
 
All the things to make from a blank a rod 
 
The ferrules are fitted on the blank and glued  
 
 
Making the corkrings ready for the handle 
 
 
The handle ready to be glued 
 
 
On top of the handle comes a piece of wood to protect the cork. Ray send me this piece, it is butter nut. 
 
 
Ready to turn the piece of wood in my "primi-lathe" 
 
 
the piece of wood in the drill 
 
 
The handle glued in the press. 
 
Protect the blank, the handle is in the drill and the blank in the plastic tube.
 
The handle turns in the drill and with a file I shape the handle: outside because of the dust.
 
first stage ready
 
fine shaping with sandpaper
 
It is a quite slow process: don't try to do much at a time
 
Turning the handle is ready
 
 
This is how it will be.
 
The rod is ready 
 
 
 
 
Stripping guide with agate inlay