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Old 06-14-2018, 10:57 PM   #1
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First 3 Guns

Thought I'd post the guns that I've made so far. Wanted to kill some fish with them before posting them so I don't have to come back with a disclaimer about how they exploded in my hands in the water.

First one I finished was my 49" two stage teak roller. Shoots a 140mm hunt 7.5mm shaft with an ulusub reel. It's my daily diver. It used to be a lot more square, but I took my spokeshave to it after a bit to help it swing easier, I tried using hand tools when practical. My great grandpa was a master carpenter so I had a big box of vintage Stanley planes and spokeshaves as well as some nice classic chisels they all just needed new edges and some tlc. I added the tied in kicker because the 7.5mm shaft was shooting a little slower than i was wanting. Roller band is 16mm small id @ ~360% and the kicker is a 14mm small id. Will probably retie the roller band as a 14mm small id @ 370% when the 16 is shot.

Second gun is a 32" hole gun. The teak board that I picked for the roller was too short to put back on the rack after cutting it so I had to buy the whole thing. Was long enough to make a hole gun with the "scrap". This one is fun to use on the boilers on flat winter days, using a light and crawling through 3-8' of water. 6.75mm 60cm pathos shaft with an mvd reel. I sat down with the dremel and some scrap teak to make the handle scales.

My third gun is more like a round 2 of what I wanted to build first. I wanted a 3 band light bluewater/wsb gun about 56-59". The first attempt was an ipe/sipo mahogany 57" and was pretty bulky. It was gonna be epoxy coated, but literally on my last coat it fell off my mickey moused rotisserie and screwed it up. Every gun since has been an oil finish. Maybe someday I'll try epoxy again, but I'm just not good at it. At the time I had already been thinking about scrapping it since I had got a lot better and faster at working with stuff making the other two guns.

I went ahead and bought some padauk and got laminating. While the blank was aging doyenofcastle posted some abellan muzzle cage clones. I had already been contemplating a muzzle cage, but had no metal working ability so I went ahead and bought a couple from him. I bent it, but then took a little too much wood off the muzzle so I had to tweak it a little more to fit, that's why they may look a little funky. I had the abalone circles from the ipe gun so I reused them here. I also wanted to try a poured track and poured an open graphite track here, was my first one so I ended up with a few surface bubbles, but it worked out alright. Track and mech pocket were routed, but I did all shaping with the spokeshave and sandpaper. Ended up with a 58" 3 band gun, this one is rigged with 3 14mm small id bands @360% and an 8mm shaft necked to 7mm for a mori slip tip, fins nice and far back, only rigged for breakaway. Not too sure on the shaft brand, I found it in the misc bin at j&j, also have a 160cm 5/16 flopper shaft I got from GR.

Really happy with how it shoots, I just got back from BoLA last week and finally shot it in some decent vis. Got a nice cabrilla at the end of the double wrap.
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Old 06-14-2018, 10:59 PM   #2
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Re: First 3 Guns

The padauk gun
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Old 06-15-2018, 02:23 AM   #3
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Re: First 3 Guns

Looking good!! Not a fan of that kind of handles, but they seem popular in the US, so why not!

I still have to try an oil finish. The woods I have used are not suitable for that, so I do epoxy finishes for all my guns.
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Old 06-17-2018, 12:35 AM   #4
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The padauk gun
great one
one suggestion the last hole down in the muzzle can be bend 90 degrees and let the rope go through it .
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Old 06-17-2018, 12:39 AM   #5
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great one
one suggestion the last hole down in the muzzle can be bend 90 degrees and let the rope go through it .
Ya I saw that. I'll probably do that on the next one and use a reel. This one is going to stay rigged for breakaway so I left it flat.

Thanks again for the parts

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Old 09-04-2018, 11:49 PM   #6
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They look great! I really like the longer one. Nice work
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Old 09-05-2018, 02:11 PM   #7
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Thanks, I made that one for shooting yellowtail and finished it just in time for my first summer that I didn't have access to a boat.
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Old 09-05-2018, 02:52 PM   #8
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Nice job(s)! Happy hunting.
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