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Anybody found a good way to straighten a shaft? - 06-22-2016, 11:49 AM

I have an old Meucci shaft with a good bit of warp in it. About 1/8 ". Anybody find a good way to straighten a shaft. This shaft did have about a 3/8 warp but I can't get that last 1/8" out.
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06-22-2016, 11:57 AM

Honestly, not trying to be a jerk.

Best advice is to see how far you can throw it away.

Buy new shaft, and be done with it. I have seen guys screw around and get this and get that, and pi$$ money and time away on freakin shaft, and if they would have just spent $100 they would have been time and money ahead.

I feel the same way about "cleaning" a linen wrap. Unless it is vintage and real Cortland, guys will screw around instead of just having it re-wrapped.

I wish you the best of rolls,

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06-22-2016, 12:11 PM

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Honestly, not trying to be a jerk.

Best advice is to see how far you can throw it away.

Buy new shaft, and be done with it. I have seen guys screw around and get this and get that, and pi$$ money and time away on freakin shaft, and if they would have just spent $100 they would have been time and money ahead.

I feel the same way about "cleaning" a linen wrap. Unless it is vintage and real Cortland, guys will screw around instead of just having it re-wrapped.

I wish you the best of rolls,

Ken
I agree. Replacing with a straight shaft is the most pain free solution. Brian.
  
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06-22-2016, 12:12 PM

Steam and a lot of patience


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06-22-2016, 12:18 PM

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Honestly, not trying to be a jerk.

Best advice is to see how far you can throw it away.

Buy new shaft, and be done with it. I have seen guys screw around and get this and get that, and pi$$ money and time away on freakin shaft, and if they would have just spent $100 they would have been time and money ahead.

I feel the same way about "cleaning" a linen wrap. Unless it is vintage and real Cortland, guys will screw around instead of just having it re-wrapped.

I wish you the best of rolls,

Ken
Is your advice the same for hard to come by shafts such as the original Predator 314 shafts? I have two of them and one of them has warped a decent amount in the last several years.

I would like to know if there is a way of straightening it because those shafts are north of $200 in decent used condition from what I have seen. Would rather try to fix it instead of throw it away if possible,
  
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06-22-2016, 12:26 PM

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I have an old Meucci shaft with a good bit of warp in it. About 1/8 ". Anybody find a good way to straighten a shaft. This shaft did have about a 3/8 warp but I can't get that last 1/8" out.
Thanks in advance.
The problem I have found with trying to straighten a shaft, or any wood for that matter, is that the wood tends to return to its warped state over time. Usually sooner rather than later.
  
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06-22-2016, 12:38 PM

I put one on a hanger and let it hang for about a week, and that straightened the shaft. It worked once, who knows?
  
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06-22-2016, 12:39 PM

i had that same problem once I dampened the shaft put on the butt one hung it from the tip with fishing line let it dry and it came out good it was also a meucci
  
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06-22-2016, 12:42 PM

Well, there is that Jacoby shaft straightening tool (was it Jacoby?) I bought one, it seemed to work pretty well actually but I could feel the side it rubbed, kind of distracting.
What I've had some luck with, and I believe the climate has a lot to do with it, is I'll hang it in the basement from a pipe tip down, and tie a few washers (for weight, the more, the better) to a string and tape the string to the ferrule so they hang from the shaft and it hangs for about a week or until I need it. I've had good luck with that. Worked with Predators.
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06-22-2016, 12:48 PM

1/8 warp should be insignificant, right ?
  
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no no - 06-22-2016, 12:51 PM

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Honestly, not trying to be a jerk.

Best advice is to see how far you can throw it away.

Buy new shaft, and be done with it. I have seen guys screw around and get this and get that, and pi$$ money and time away on freakin shaft, and if they would have just spent $100 they would have been time and money ahead.

I feel the same way about "cleaning" a linen wrap. Unless it is vintage and real Cortland, guys will screw around instead of just having it re-wrapped.

I wish you the best of rolls,

Ken
To the OP don't list too this, I've straighten a few shafts David Jabocay showed me how.
He has a tool that he sells and it works good.

After you use that tool it will leave a mark or groove like on your shaft take a high grit sand paper sand it off it be just fine. After that lay it on a flat table and put a few heavy books
on the shaft with the bow up, leave it for a couple days and it will be good to go.

I did this and it worked for me but after 3 weeks just a little bit of roll out came back and
it wasn't as bad as it started out to be.
So I repeated the process and now my shaft has been straight for a year an half. Also I'm
not a sales person for Jacoby ether.


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06-22-2016, 12:56 PM

I have to agree with ken.
Cut your losses now & get a new shaft.
It will be money well spent.

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06-22-2016, 12:56 PM

Yes it jacoby that sells them and yes you can feel where u rub the tool on that side of the
shaft. But it can be sanded right out like nothing.


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06-22-2016, 12:57 PM

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I have an old Meucci shaft with a good bit of warp in it. About 1/8 ". Anybody find a good way to straighten a shaft. This shaft did have about a 3/8 warp but I can't get that last 1/8" out.
Thanks in advance.
Aside from getting a replacement shaft, you might be able to have it retapered and turn it down if its 13mm tip or larger. But you'll have to accept the smaller dia. and increased whippiness of the shaft. Because of the nature of wood, there will always be internal stress that will bend it. Steaming it and trying to staighten it will work for a time, but it wont relieve that stress, and it will return. I would say replace it and have it matched to your butt end. You can send it way or have someone work the shaft to fit.
  
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06-22-2016, 01:11 PM

The Jacoby shaft straightener will still work and not leave a mark on the shaft if you slip clear plastic fuel line over the tool.
  
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