thread carriage and tensioner

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  1. Picklepork

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    I love my Alps wrapper, but the stock clamp style thread tensioner leaves a lot to be desired. After searching for ideas from this forum and various Google searches, I came up with this design. With some scraps of mahogany and $20 in hardware, I now have a decent 4 spool upgrade.

    I have a few rods to wrap in the coming weeks, so we'll see how it works out and if I need to make modifications. If it works, then I'll make another version with a nice solid wood base and upgraded metal tracking wheels

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    Thanks for sharing. Rad upgrade!
     
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  3. JTrelikes

    JTrelikes I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Really nice work...
     
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  4. Picklepork

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    Thanks
     
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  5. Cubeye

    Cubeye I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    How are you keeping the spools aligned on the threaded rods? Cone washers? Or do they have the same I.D. as the threaded rod?
     
  6. Picklepork

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    3 options for the Madiera mini cones.
    1. A wood spool that's been cut and tapered
    2. 1" washer that fits inside the cone and self centers since the inside of the cone is tapered
    3. 1.25" washer with nylon washer that sits inside the cone. There is a small lip in the cone that keeps the cone close to centered

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  7. steelfish

    steelfish the BBB, Baja Bass Boy..

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    love the DIY tools, great idea
     

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