How to Make a Fishing Line Spooling Station for Your Work Bench

How to Make a Fishing Line Spooling Station for Your Work Bench
Threading your fishing reels sometimes becomes a knotted, snagged mess. Clumps of monofilament line become a needless quagmire unusable and wasted. To alleviate this waste, try setting up a threading station in your workshop or hobby room. This device lets you thread fishing reels with little to no snags or knots, keeping the fishing line usable to land those fish. Setting up a threading station requires some tools and a bit of planning.


Difficulty: Moderate

Things You’ll Need:
  • One 2-by-12-by-24 chunk of timber (all figures are inches)
  • One 2-by-2-by-12 chunk of timber
  • One 3- to 5-inch piece of 1/2-inch dowel
  • Power drill with 3/8-inch bit and 1/16-inch bit
  • Pencil or marker
  • Tape measure
  • Wood glue
  • One 1 1/2-inch wood screw
  • Paraffin wax chunk or beeswax
Step 1
Set the 2-by-2-by-12 pieces of wood onto your flat work surface. Fix the 3/8-inch bit to the power drill. Drill two holes into the chunks of wood, 3 inches from the ends of each piece going to a depth of 1/2 inch. Place wood glue in each drilled-out hole, filling them each halfway. Dab one end of the dowel with wood glue, then the other and tap the glued ends into each drilled-out hole of the two pieces of wood. Your result should look like a toilet paper holder, with the dowel connecting the two wood pieces.
Step 2
Set the larger piece of 2-by-12-by-24 wood onto the flat surface of the work area. Put the dowel and drilled wood pieces on top of the large wood chunk at one corner. Trace the outline of the glued dowel and wood chunks on the top of the large wood piece. Your outline will be a square shape. Draw a line from each corner of this square outline into the square center using the tape measure. Draw an "X" where the lines intersect in the middle.
Step 3
Change the drill bit on the power drill to the 1/16-inch bit and drill a hole through the large wood chunk on the marked X. Find the center of the small 2-by-2-by-12 piece of wood where the dowel is glued and mark it. Drill out an inch-deep hole with the 1/16-inch bit.
Step 4
Glue the drilled holes and align the 2-by-12-by-24 piece of wood with the drilled hole with the 2-by-2-by-12 piece with the drilled hole. Screw in the wood screw to attach these pieces together. The dowel should be at an angle opposite of each corner.
Step 5
Wax the dowel with either paraffin or beeswax to give it a smooth threading action. When ready, slide a new cartridge of fishing line over the dowel to begin reeling fishing reels.

Article Written By Eric Cedric

A former Alaskan of 20 years, Eric Cedric now resides in California. He's published in "Outside" and "Backpacker" and has written a book on life in small-town Alaska, "North by Southeast." Cedric was a professional mountain guide and backcountry expedition leader for 18 years. He worked in Russia, Iceland, Greece, Turkey and Belize. Cedric attended Syracuse University and is a private pilot.

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