Sweet! These will work great until I can get the nickel silver ones turned down. This Payne would have originally had ferrule plugs, the original tube is long enough to accommodate them, so I’ve wanted to get this done for some time. Thanks again Russ! – Lee B. (USA)
We’re proud to bring you a simple, traditional design in a variety of sizes that will accommodate ferrules ranging from 8/64-26/64.
Like the ferrule plugs used by Payne and other classic rodmakers, these are crafted from polished aluminum and feature a cork plug that can be sanded to fit a range of ferrule diameters. To be clear, you, the rodmaker, must adhere the cork plug to the aluminum stem, sand the cork to match your ferrule, and then trim any protruding aluminum stem so that it is flush with the bottom of the cork. We suggest using U-40 RodBond to epoxy the stem to the cork plug; it’s also good practice to use masking tape to protect the polished aluminum finial during the sanding process so that you don’t scratch it. Sand the cork plug evenly & slowly and test the fit often. Unsanding is a particular challenge.
A question was asked about what sand paper to use (H/T Lee B.). I suggest getting the cork slide close to spec with 220 or 320 Wet/Dry paper, then finish up with 400, or maybe even 600 if you want the cork to be as smooth as possible. Our coarse (green) polishing paper is roughly 600 grit…ideal for finishing up, but use paper that is more aggressive to get the slide close to fitting. Here’s a tip for even sanding of a cylinder if you don’t have a lathe to help keep things spinning concentrically: mark the surface with a graphite or colored pencil, then sand just through the marked surface, re-mark, and remove more material. Over and over. On nickel silver parts you can do the same thing, but use a black magic marker…don’t use the marker on cork because you can stain the cork deeper than the layer you intend to remove and may wind up at final spec with a blight of blotches on the cork.
We offer five sizes of plugs so that the visible cap is scaled to match the female ferrule welt. Please note, the nominal sizes listed below are scaled to match the male OD/female ID for Swiss style ferrules of the same nominal size (not the actual size of the female ID/male slide OD). This would include GW Field Grade ferrules, Super-Z ferrules, Super Swiss ferrules, Truncated Super Swiss ferrules, etc.
There’s another way to ponder and determine the correct fit of these ferrule plugs. Make certain that the ‘welt cap’ on the plug (the largest diameter, nearly flat span of aluminum just above the cork slide) meets or exceeds the Outside Diameter of the welt on your female ferrule. Overshooting the welt size a hair is just fine…the point of a plug is to keep the grit and grunge out of your female ferrules when they’re not in use. Here’s a chart of approximate sizes:
Nominal Size OD of Welt Cap
Sizes are ‘approximate’ because these things are made by humans. They’re all pretty darn close to each other in size, but anything that is hand polished, as these are, will manifest small size differences part to part. Thanks for understanding.