Show us your bench #13

featured, Fly Tying Desks & Tying Areas — By on November 9, 2011 9:44 pm

So, we’ve taken a few weeks off in our “Show us your Bench” series. But with winter lurking, there are tiers all over the northern hemisphere getting back into tying mode. Here is some inspiration.

R. Bruce Bolster from Clandeboye, Manitoba writes

“We lived for several years in a log house with no room for a tying bench, so when we moved to a larger home with a full basement, the first priority (after building a workbench) was a fly tying bench. This one started as a spare piece of good-one-side fir plywood, which became the top, and sort of evolved from there. I made nice deep drawers for materials and tools – and found that food storage bins from Wal-Mart fit nicely in the drawers and keep the materials organized. Shelves will be added overtop for additional materials when the drywall goes up.

The second set of pictures show my vice setup. The contraption on the right is a bobbin rest inspired by the Nor-Vise item, but adapted for my Peak rotary vise so that I can use a Nor-Vise automatic bobbin. The wooden base supports a Peak accessory post mounted in a Peak riser. The bobbin rest itself consists of a collar assembly that came with the vise, which was used to support the original bobbin rest. This was moved to top of the accessory post. I ordered the brass screw replacements for the vise, and one of these was simply screwed into the tapped hole in the support collar, through a tap washer with the center hole slightly enlarged. To park the bobbin, you simply lay it in the tapered slot behind the tap washer, and before cutting the thread on the automatic bobbin you wrap it once or twice to capture the thread. The beauty of this coaxial setup, like that of the Nor-Vise, is that you can continue to wind materials on the fly by rotating the vise with the bobbin parked, without winding thread onto the fly at the same time.

The third set of pictures shows a rod rack that was likewise inspired by some spare bits of fir, pine and cedar left over from other projects. The outer sections of the top rack slide out to permit rod removal, and a hinged compartment in the lower section holds reels and spare spools.”

Chris Pelham sent in pictures of the bench he built for his garage. Super clean appearance, and really liking that tub/bin storage.

And to round out lucky #13 is Avril Anjers from Avril wrote “It’s always nice to be able to take your tying bench anywhere you are, this is my idea of tying with a view in Belize. Here are some flies I tied on the trip and gave away on my site.”

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  1. Bud says:

    Only problem in tying in a location like this, how would U ever be able to pack it up and leave such a place.

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  2. Ross aka the flytyinfreak Slayton says:

    Wow awesome Avril~! I especially like those stonefly nymphs you tyed in the lower left of the pic. Hows about a trade?

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