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castaway exposed blank reel seat
Posted by: Terry Fude (---.dhcp.fdul.wi.charter.com)
Date: March 17, 2017 05:47PM

Hello: I was given 5 castaway exposed blank reel seats, they are 14MM, 14.5MM & 15MM which I had no idea what that was when they were given to me, so I would like to be able to use them, but the bass rods I build are way too small for that size. Is there any way that these can be made useful or do I need to find someone that needs them that big to give them to?



thanks for any ideas

terry

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Re: castaway exposed blank reel seat
Posted by: Thomas Kaufmann (107.77.111.---)
Date: March 17, 2017 08:40PM

Terry hold onto them as you may come across a need for them in future builds. With that type of seat you can ream them to fit larger blanks but don't want to try shimming for smaller.

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Re: castaway exposed blank reel seat
Posted by: Norman Miller (---.lightspeed.jcsnms.sbcglobal.net)
Date: March 17, 2017 08:48PM

You may be able to use a carbon fiber reel seat insert in the size 15 mm seat. That is the same ID as the Fuji TVST size 16 reel seat which requires a reel seat insert. The carbon fiber inserts come with a foam core and can be reamed to fit a blank. If this works it may be quite possible to ream the size 14 mm and 14.5 mm seats to accept an insert. You can also make your own insert to fit.
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Norm

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Re: castaway exposed blank reel seat
Posted by: Terry Fude (---.dhcp.fdul.wi.charter.com)
Date: March 17, 2017 08:55PM

thank you for the replies, i knew everyone would have ideas on these, i will hold on to them and i like the look of the CF inserts.

terry

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Re: castaway exposed blank reel seat
Posted by: Gary Kilmartin (---.sub-174-221-5.myvzw.com)
Date: March 18, 2017 09:15AM

I made a ECS seat fit a much smaller blank using one of these.

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Glue it into the seat, bore and ream to fit the blank, and trim away the part of the arbor in the exposed area of the seat. A careful sanding of the trimmed part, before installing the seat on the blank, gave me an acceptable looking seat. I wish I had pics. I gave the finished rod to a friend, and did not think about pics until it was too late.

Your best bet is to hang on to those seats until you need one that size, but what I did will do the trick. You just have to be slow and careful trimming away the excess arbor. Trim it over sized and sand the rest of the way.

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