SAFE HAVEN FOR FLIES
A home for all those fly tying necessities.
SHOP OWNER: Jim Chestnut
LOCATION: Dixmont, ME
I was pawing around WoodCentral looking for information on staining and finishing for the radius doors I was jabbering about on the main messageboard. During my search, I ran across pictures of some gorgeous fly-tying boxes.
Having started fly fishing in the Florida Everglades in 1957, and continuing throughout my life, I made a crude (by comparison) tying box in 1979. Like an idiot, shortly after finishing it, I gave it to a girlfriend I was trying to get interested in fly fishing (and tying flies for me). I have yet to make another. All my stuff is a complete mess and kept in a rusty old Craftsman toolbox.
If you are a fly fisherman who ties his own flies, you may find the design of this box to your liking. To prevent the tinsel, floss, chenille, etc. from unraveling, I used foam-wrapped dowels, which make contact with the spools. It was a simple matter to pull out and cut the tag ends without ever messing with the position of the spools.
Each of the drawers has a top, which slides in dados. They open or close automatically, with the movement of the drawers. The drawers are removable by swinging up the little gates mortised into the face frame rails. The notches beneath the gate allow small dowels, sticking up from the sliding top, to pass. The purpose of all this was to keep hooks, hair, and hackle in their respective places while the whole box tumbled around in the baggage compartments of airplanes.
I fit the tying vice in the space beneath the tinsel racks. Necks fit into the large bottom left drawer without bending. Tails, fur strips, peacock hurl, etc. fit in the compartments accessible when the vice table was rotated out of the way. A tapered dowel holds the vice table rigid for tying.
Someday, if I live long enough, I'll make another.
. . . Jim Chestnut, a.k.a. "Clampman"
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