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nunavut4 03-04-2008 09:39 PM

Cork handle
 
I was not sure where to post this, but the cork handle on my rod has a few chips in it. Not the rod makers fault. I am kind of hard on gear. What can I do to keep the cork handle in good shape and should I do anything to the chipped spots I already have? Thanks for your help.

tennswede 03-04-2008 11:18 PM

Try some sawdust mixed with some wood glue. Aftet that put some UB40 cork sealer or similar sealant on it.

Grousegunner 03-04-2008 11:23 PM

You can fill in the cracks with some almond colored wood-filler and sand them smooth with some fine grit sandpaper. Then coat the entire grip with cork sealer.

Grousegunner

nunavut4 03-05-2008 11:09 PM

Thanks guy's. I will try the wood glue saw dust and the cork sealer.

Appreciate the help.

Mark

Paula Begley 03-06-2008 08:25 PM

I have heard of using wine cork gratings for the filler, mixed with the glue.

Paula

jeffnles1 03-07-2008 12:43 PM

This may be stating the obvious, but it wasn't mentioned in the thread.

If you use the sawdust and wood glue mix, two things to consider.

1) use a water proof glue designed for outdoor use. Check the labels but I believe Tightbond Plus yellow is approved for outdoor use. A lot of wood glues are not outdoor approved and when the handle gets wet, the glue will turn to mush.

2) the wine cork idea from Paula is the way I would go. If you don't have wine cork, go to a hobby store (hobby Lobby etc.) and buy a small package of corks. Anytime you're filling a hole in wood (cork is a wood bark) using the same species of wood (maple, walnut, pine, etc.) will help ensure a closer match.

The added benefit of the wine cork is you now must drink the bottle of wine since it no longer has a cork.

The more I type this, the more I like Paula's idea. Skip the Hobby Loboy and go to your local wine shop and get a nice Merlot or Shiraz. Be sure it has real cork for the top (not those plastic faux corks being used on some wines), take a good corkscrew and remove the cork. Cut it deep enough to get past the wine stains, sand some bits of the cork to mix with your glue and patch the holes on your rod.

By now, the wine has had ample time to breathe. What you do next is up to you. Personally, I"d get a glass, fill it up and watch the glue dry...

Jeff


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