How to varnish a whole rod blank

Tools needed:

  • fine sandpaper
  • methylated spirit
  • cloth
  • sharp knife
  • plastic bottle
  • thin rubber sheet
  • needle
  • meths burner
  • cigarette lighter
  • gloves
  • varnish/epoxy
  • measuring cup
  • bench vice
  • old newspapers
  • pliers
  • How to varnish a whole rod blank

    STEP 1

    a)

    Clean the blank by rubbing down with fine sandpaper.

  • How to varnish a whole rod blank

    b)

    Using methylated spirit and cloth, clean the blank.

  • How to varnish a whole rod blank

    STEP 2

    a)

    Make a varnishing spreader.

  • How to varnish a whole rod blank

    b)

    Cut neck from bottle.

  • How to varnish a whole rod blank

    c)

    Cut hole in screw cap.

  • How to varnish a whole rod blank

    d)

    Cut thin rubber sheet to fit inside lip of plastic cap.

  • How to varnish a whole rod blank

    e)

    Heat up needle in flame.

  • How to varnish a whole rod blank

    f)

    Burn hole in rubber sheet.

  • How to varnish a whole rod blank

    g)

    Assemble bottle neck, rubber disk and cap.

  • How to varnish a whole rod blank

    STEP 3

    a)

    Place vice on to old newspaper and clamp rod blank in vice. Be careful.

  • How to varnish a whole rod blank

    b)

    Push the bottle cap down the rod blank to the bottom.

  • How to varnish a whole rod blank

    STEP 4

    a)

    Mix the epoxy coating or varnish in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions.

  • How to varnish a whole rod blank

    b)

    Add mixed varnish or epoxy to the bottle cap.

  • How to varnish a whole rod blank

    c)

    In one motion gently pull the cap containing the varnish up off the blank. This will give a thin, even coating all around the rod blank.

  • How to varnish a whole rod blank

    d)

    Hang blank up to dry in a door frame with newspaper underneath to catch any drips.