Selection, splitting and staggering.Step two
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Heat treatingStep five
Hand planing 1Step six
Hand planing 2
Final dimensionsStep eight
Attaching hardwareStep nine
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After the strips are straightened and the nodes are addressed, I create the basic equilateral triangle. This can be done with a hand plane and a basic form with no taper in it.. The picture at the right is the original form that I built when I first started.
It can also be done by used of a Beveler. This is one of the few steps where I use a motorized machine. Since each strip will be hand planed to final dimensions, it speeds up one of the steps that does not require close tolerance.
The Beveler I built is based on designs that have been around for some time. I adapted it to my "taste" in machinery. Originally I didn't use the weights to pull the rollers down and keep the strip from bouncing. Notice the point on the strip. It allows the strip to go under each roller. When I create the point on each strip, I also bevel the butt section from the center to the outside. this makes it easy to spot a strip that's not right, when I got to bind.
(Part of the "fun" of building bamboo fly rods is the great many challenges we makers get to overcome, in the tool department. For example, slotted planes are not available at your local home improvement store. I had to come up with a way - actually several - to make my own.)