Step 1 – Finding the Spine

Step 1 – Finding the Spine

Step 1 – Finding the Spine
This step confuses most beginners. Simply put, all blanks are tubular and hollow and due to the way they’re manufactured, they have a stiff side called a spine which should be located in order to properly position the guides and reel seat. All you really need to do is put the butt section (of each part) on the tip of your shoe and lightly – did I say “lightly?” – press down on the tip until the blank finds a natural curve. Mark the convex, or outside, curve of the blank to help you align guides. You can place a piece of masking tape on the butt and tip of each section to aid this process. Simply put the mark on the tape.

Congratulations! You’ve found the spine and it wasn’t that difficult at all. That’s all there is to it! We’ll discuss where the guides go in relation to the spine a little later in Step 4.

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