Making an Aerial-Match

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Re: Making an Aerial-Match

Post by Lovatt » Wed Aug 08, 2018 3:34 pm

Beautifully made piece of equipment!

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Re: Making the Aerial-Match

Post by Watermole+ » Thu Aug 16, 2018 8:42 pm

..The latest up date on the project so far.

The spindle, together with the hub has been the most exacting component to make and despite one-or two setbacks, enough have been made now for those reels currently under construction.
Because of limitations, each one had to be made individually as a single, complete item before moving on to the next so yes, it has taken rather a long time!
I have matched each spindle with it's own hub and lapped them together as a mated pair, so although in theory they ought to be interchangeable with another set, in the interests of accuracy and long reel life, they are not.

The spindles have been made from a very high quality steel-which came with it's own Certificate of Conformity-and the first step in making them was to turn down a length of it so that it would go through the bore of the lathe..


These are a series of pictures to show how each spindle was made. Please click on each photo for a better picture.
The first stage was to rough out the excess material. This steel contains quite a bit of chromium in it and big cuts on auto feed proved a bit troublesome for the Myford so I did this bit by hand..


Next, I roughed in the tapered step..


...and put the groove in, though I do stress that this is neither finished to the correct angle, nor final size. It is just to remove unwanted material before the finishing process to prevent distortion.

At this stage, the hardened steel bearing is put in..


We now have the correct lead angle and are roughing out the concentric location diameter behind the flange and also starting to finish some of the others before lapping and polishing..


After each one was then parted off, they were finished to length and a hole drilled and tapped for the fixing screw.
I made the screws from 316 Stainless steel and radius slotted them for the screwdriver previously, recorded by Leigh on a video.

Anyway, here are the finished spindles, hubs and screws all together..


The bearing ends of the spindles and fork grooves have now all been lapped in and polished.


That's all for now..Thank you for watching.

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Re: Making an Aerial-Match

Post by Paul D » Thu Aug 16, 2018 8:53 pm

Wonderful as normal Sir, I used to love working with 316, as you know its a marine grade stainless steel, apart from gold and titanium its the most corrosion resistant metal there is.
You really need to try carbide tipped tooling, for roughing out and parting/grooving there is no equal. :Hat:
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Re: Making an Aerial-Match

Post by Keston » Fri Aug 17, 2018 8:39 am

I love the bespoke aspects of your reels , lapping in each spindle to match with a particular hub is fascinating in such a detailed and crafted approach .
Great update as usual.

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Re: Making an Aerial-Match

Post by Lea Dweller » Fri Aug 17, 2018 8:48 am

I have run out of words to express how superb this project is turning out, no pun intended! :Hat: :Hat:
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Re: Making an Aerial-Match

Post by Wallys-Cast » Fri Aug 17, 2018 9:23 am

Absolutely wonderful Leszek, thanks again for this insight into your craftsmanship and engineering skills.

I think I will keep a copy of all the photos to this post on a disc just in case they should go astray.

photobucket has totally ruined many really good posts, I don't want it to happen again with this one..


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Re: Making an Aerial-Match

Post by Paul F » Fri Aug 17, 2018 4:57 pm

Leszek, You never cease to amaze me with your attention to detail and skillful workmanship :Hat:

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Re: Making an Aerial-Match

Post by Northern_Nomad » Fri Aug 17, 2018 5:10 pm

Nearly missed this instalment.

Superb as ever Leszec. Time consuming but ever so rewarding I would feel, to have a batch of top class components ready for use.

Again, superb :Hat:
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Re: Making an Aerial-Match

Post by Marc » Sat Aug 18, 2018 8:43 am

Like exquisite chess pieces. Stunning and turning me green with envy as always.
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