How To Build a Fly Tying Desk

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A fly tying desk is a useful tool to invest in. This desk helps you write documents and organize and store files comfortably. If you want to have a mini office in your house and do not want clutter, building a fly tying desk is the best thing to do. Here's how to make a fly tying desk:

  • Desk's position and height - You are going to build the fly tying desk to relax while doing some work, so the main consideration should be your welfare. If you are going to build a fly tying desk, you may start with a chair in which you are most comfortable using. Conversely, seek the help of someone to get accurate measures of the desk's height. Make sure that height is appropriate so that you will not have difficulty reaching for knobs and hooks. Neck injury should be considered in measuring the height of your desk. Determine the space needed to fasten the vise on the surface. Make sure that the vise's jaws are located in front. Another thing to consider is the space provided for your legs. The position of your knees, as well as hips, should also be considered.
  • Space and materials required - You need an open space in which you will do the tying of the materials. The materials depending on your design could range from hackle feathers, smooth bowl, or board pegs to knobs. The space should permit the free movement of your hands. It should be a smooth area in which you may freely line up your materials. Make sure that the area is free from disturbance that may knock off your materials. The recommended size for the space is a minimum of 16 inches square.
  • Materials storage - Since you will have more to store, you have to be ready with the storage area of your materials. Your fly tying desk cannot accommodate all so you have to prepare an extra storage area. Plastic boxes are recommended for this task. You may also put a flat drawer in some spaces. These drawers will accommodate the small materials that may be lost in larger drawers. You may also want to store materials that are frequently used in the desk and use the boxes for materials that are used often. Make sure that your storage boxes are sealed from moth, extra moisture, and mites.
  • Help - If you do not know where to start, you can seek the help of other people who have already built a fly tying desk. You can copy their design if it suits your personality. You can also ask them for tips and “how to” guides in building a fly tying desk.

You may now build your own desk, just do not forget to consider accurate measures for your fly tying desk, your and other people's safety and ease in using, the position of your desk, requirements for drawers and vice storage, and the cleanliness of the fly tying desk. 


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