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    I have a pre-1955 Johnson Sidewinder fishing reel to mount in a shadow box along with a lot of fishing accessories. Lures, hooks, weights. I have inset the reel into the mat but am having trouble figuring how to secure it. I am working with my Attach EZ kit but there is nothing to attach it to as it is smooth all the way around. No screw holes or little places to insert the poly string fastner. I am still experimenting but if anyone has any suggestions I'd appreciate it!
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    A photo would help a lot. Not really familar with the reel, does it still have the fishing line on it? Perhaps you could just run your elements from your attach-ez over the area where the fishing line is.

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    I'm not too good at this so I hope it comes through. I thought about the film strips and am still considering it. It is just smooth all the way around and the line feeds though the bottom but is encased in the reel itself. What do you think?

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    Do you want the reel to present like it was attached to a rod? If so, find an old fishing rod that you can attach the reel to. Then you will have several attachment points to work with. You can cut the rod to fit in the box.

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    Originally I was going to set it in the mat board and just show the side with the reel crank. That sounds like a good idea though. I am thoroughly stumped. Can't really even figure out how to use the strips. Nothing to hold on to.

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    In your first photo it looks like you're mounting it handle-up, nested in a round hole in the suede board. Is that right? If so, you could use a one-piece clear film "spider" to mount it like a medal, except the center would be cut out for the handle to poke through. Your circle of clear film would overlay the flat part of the reel, with a rectangular tab extending over the bracket where it is riveted to the body of the reel, including six "legs" extending down the sides and through the mounting board.

    You could also mount it using formed rods, but that technique would be more obvious.

    Or, if you're creative and careful about it, perhaps you could make a non-metallic fastener that would go into the hole where the line comes out, and expand on the inside of the reel. Then you could attach that to the back of your mounting board, holding the reel tight in its round nest cut into the mounting board. That would be especially easy if you could lock the line in place so it would not pull out of the reel.

    Nice reel -- old, but in very good condition.

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    I'm guessing the body of the reel comes apart to load the spool of line?

    If so - open it and put a strap (or two in a +) over one half and close the other half over it/them

    Pass the straps through the mounting board and secure at the back - nothing to see from the front at all.

    I like the idea of a fishing rod handle better though, especially as there are other fishing accessories being included.
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    Great idea, Robo!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Miller View Post
    Or, if you're creative and careful about it, perhaps you could make a non-metallic fastener that would go into the hole where the line comes out, and expand on the inside of the reel. Then you could attach that to the back of your mounting board, holding the reel tight in its round nest cut into the mounting board.

    That approach might well work using a nylon expansion bolt / toggle like what is used when attaching something into drywall.


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    Thanks, Guys. The more I work with it the less frustrated I get and the more fun it becomes. Jim, yes, you are correct in that the first picture is how I was trying to set it. I have worked with the strips and was able to wrap thin strips around the handle and screw on front. Not too obvious but it can be seen. I will try the other suggestions too. I also like the fishing rod handle. I may call my client and see if there was one that belonged to this Grandpa. I'll keep plugging away till I get it. Thanks for your help! The Grumble is awesome!

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    The manufacturer already provided a mounting bracket with the seat of the reel, why reinvent? Pick up an old spinning rod with natural cork wrapped handle and get a couple of the pressure rings that would have held the reel on the rod originally. I would line the rings with something so they wouldn't scratch the reel seat's finish, and probably do something to keep them from loosening with vibration. Perhaps a set screw on the obscure side of the rod.
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    I've had great luck using rare-earth magnets to mount things which contain iron. Is using small magnets, I find groups of three, prevents shifting. Try kjmagnetics.com for a plethora of sizes, shapes, and strengths, some even drilled to receive screws.

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    28 or 29 gauge stainless steal wire run thru the mat board and foam core and twisted tight on the back side. can even be colored with markers to match real. very small and very strong no problem with trying to tie nots or having it dryrot over time.

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    I ended up using the mylar as Jim suggested like for a medal. I opened the reel (was a little leary at first because a fisherman I'm not and didn't want to break anything!) and cut a circle of the mylar the size of the reel and made the spiders as Jim suggested. Made a cross and then closed the reel. Worked like a charm! Now today I get to attach all the lures. Think I'll stay with the strips on the larger ones and probably go with the Attach EZ on the smaller ones.
    Thanks for all the comments and suggestions. This one was a puzzler since there was NOTHING to attach to!

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