Here’s a great video from the Eclectic Angler showing his fixture for making the side plates for a fly fishing reel:


Love the use of the toggles to make it easy to pop a new workpiece into place.  Note also the pins that position the workpiece at the top and left before the toggles are applied.  Ideally, you’d like to use a combination of pins that does not “over constrain” the part.  Ideally, that would mean two pins at the top and one on the left.


Because the three pins at the top over constrain the top edge.  It only takes 2 points to identify a line, and he’s using three.  Two points at the top and one point on the left would be the ideal way to build a fixture like this, but his is working extremely well as you’ll see from the video.

Check out the Eclectic Angler’s site: some very nice reels if you like fly fishing.  He even sells books if you have a desire to build your own reels.

Disclosure:  Michael is a G-Wizard customer.


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