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final cut
Posted by: darrel odland (---.lightspeed.frokca.sbcglobal.net)
Date: August 30, 2017 09:23PM

Anybody have some tips on final cut. I have issues with frayed string when final cut is made. I use a new blade for each build.. I use silk thread???? Suggestions???
bend rods to ya
darrel

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Re: final cut
Posted by: Nick Lam (---.hsd1.ca.comcast.net)
Date: August 30, 2017 10:09PM

Trim the thread before you pull the thread puller, instead of pulling the thread all the way through. Or use a lighter to clean up the frays.

Best of luck
Nick

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Re: final cut
Posted by: Norman Miller (---.lightspeed.jcsnms.sbcglobal.net)
Date: August 30, 2017 10:29PM

Have not used a blade to cut thread for years. Insert the tie off loop early and when the wrap is finished insert the tag end of your cut thread into the loop and pull the end of the loop to edge of the wrap. Cut the thread with scissors very close to the loop end, then pull out your tie off loop. This will put the tag end under the wrap with no nub sticking out. Works great and saves time and finishing problems. Try it you will like it!
Norm

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Re: final cut
Posted by: Donald La Mar (---.lightspeed.lsvlky.sbcglobal.net)
Date: August 30, 2017 10:43PM

Try putting the pull through in place several more wraps from the wrap end than you are currently. Then instead of pulling the tag end of the wrap thread under a bunch of wrap turns. gently pull the pull through so that the wrap thread tag end is locked under only two turns of the wrap. Next cut the wrap tag end as close to the wrap as possible. Last step is to pull the pull through from under the wrap. When done correctly (and it does require practice) the wrap thread tag end is locked under four or five turns of wrap with no tag end to trim. It works for silk and nylon.

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Re: final cut
Posted by: Chuck McIntyre (---.hsd1.co.comcast.net)
Date: August 30, 2017 10:45PM

Nick,just any FYI: Silk thread is a natural fiber as opposed to nylons which are synthetic. They don't necessarily react the same to heat. When using silk thread,the best option is to wrap in such a way to not create fuzzies.

Darrel,this subject has come up many times in the past. The search feature is your friend.
To answer your question, insert your tie off loop sooner. Cut the thread with fly tying scissors. Insert the end through the tie off loop and cinch it tight to the edge of the wrap. Again,using the scissors,cut the end of the wrapping thread again very close to the edge of the wrap. Pull it through and the end should disappear under the guide wrap.

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Re: final cut
Posted by: Norman Miller (---.lightspeed.jcsnms.sbcglobal.net)
Date: August 30, 2017 10:50PM

Looks like several of us were writing our replies at the same time.
Norm

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Re: final cut
Posted by: Tom Kirkman (Moderator)
Date: August 30, 2017 10:51PM

It may also help if you twist the thread a bit, in the direction it is spiraled, prior to cutting it. This firms up the end and makes for a cleaner cut.

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Re: final cut
Posted by: Nick Lam (---.hsd1.ca.comcast.net)
Date: August 30, 2017 11:27PM

Thanks Chuck, never used silk before.

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Re: final cut
Posted by: roger wilson (---.hsd1.mn.comcast.net)
Date: August 31, 2017 12:46AM

After building just a few rods, one of the long time wrappers at the place where I took my training suggested that I use one of Dr. Slicks fine tipped fly tying scissors.
So, I purchased a pair of these scissors and have used the same pair of scissors for many many years with no issues. I sharpen the scissors every few years, but never use a blade and never leave any long threads or any nicks in the wraps.

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Re: final cut
Posted by: Lou Auret (204.16.161.---)
Date: August 31, 2017 07:43AM

If you are going to cut rather than tuck( a three turn trim etc), i use a high quality( around $15 at most pharmacies) toe nail clipper.
Slightly curved with a fine point and very sharp.

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Re: final cut
Posted by: darrel odland (---.lightspeed.frokca.sbcglobal.net)
Date: September 08, 2017 04:58PM

Thanks everybody, I will try these ideas and get back to you all!!
"Bent rods to ya"

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