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I haven't decided on the overlay colors. I was thinking it would be a 16-plait with 10 black and 6 red, but I may go crazy. smile

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Hi Gary - lookin interesting so far.

If you dont mind me saying, you have some gaping in your strands. For the belly, not the biggest of problems, but it would be a petty on the overlay :-)

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Looking good Gary smile. Make sure to bind it well, and maybe increase the overlay plait count from what you thought (to make sure there's no gapping, like Morten said), and you'll have a really good first whip.

'Sic Parvis Magna'

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Good progress!  Black and red, ooooo!!!! That'll look sharp, Gary!

Inch by inch.

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Just as a rough rule of thumb you can set the number of strands equal to the diameter in mm - so if your handle is 14 - 17 mm thick - go for 14 strands - if thicker maybe 18

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sorry meant 16 strands not 14

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Yeah, the second belly is 10 strands, and clearly should have been 12. I was planning a 16-plait overlay, which still seems to be the right balance. Am I off-track, whip experts?

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Gary as I understand it  increasing the next belly by a rule of 4 is a good way to go. 4>8>12>16 etc. .
It seems to work out well that way for most.

If there's major gaping you can always back up and undo some of it and add a strand too.

Ron

It's ok if you disagree with me.
I can't force you to be right.

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The gaps on the second belly are because I didn't have long enough strands for my later drops - the beginning 10-strand was fine! darnit. smile

For some reason, I was following someone's definition for 8-10-16 instead of 8-12-16. I felt instinctively that it should be 12, but this is fine too - just not pretty for the part that nobody will see. I'll be sure to bind the heck out of it.

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Yeah, gapping is more a cosmetic issue if you have a decent number of strands. As long as you bind it well, roll it hard, and maybe add some hockey tape to smooth it out you should be alright smile

'Sic Parvis Magna'

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After binding the second belly, and adding polyester tape as well. I'm not sure if I'm done. I'll decide whether to plait the overlay or add some more binding after my hands unclench.
http://andysocial.com/whip/2017_03/Whip_ready_for_overlay.JPG

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Gary, you might not like this suggestion, but I'd bind it some more. The visible angle where the thong leaves the handle makes me nervous....

'Less is often more!'

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Robert, in was gonna say the same thing. Aside from that, it looks good, then other thing is, he's talking about tapping. If he bound tighter, it would thin his whip down and prevent gapping. I don't think it was the fact that it was 10 plait. My 16 had an 8 plait first belly, 10 plait second, and 16 plait overlay. I didn't suffer from any gaps.

Now and then we had a hope that if we lived and were good, God would permit us to be pirates.
          -Mark Twain

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I was leaning toward more binding close to the transition, so it's good to hear I'm not mistaken in that plan. I just had enough of the pulling yesterday. smile

The gap issue on the second belly was almost entirely due to not having good strand lengths, not a lack of tightness on the underlying layer (it was rolled and bound pretty darned tight). I trusted a resource to do the strand math for me, and it clearly didn't work quite right. So, I ended up dropping strands earlier than the taper wanted them dropped, just because I ran out of cord. I knew the binding layer would cover up the minor cosmetic problem of the gaps, and the overlay will be using a paranoid amount of cord, just because unplaiting 200 feet of nylon is not on my list of things to do.

Thanks for the input. Maybe I'll get the extra binding done this week, and the overlay is a lot less stressful on my hands, so that should follow soon after.

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Okay. I see what your talking about. How long is this build? I'd be more than happy to share my strand lengths of you wanted?

Now and then we had a hope that if we lived and were good, God would permit us to be pirates.
          -Mark Twain

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This is meant to be a six foot bull. If it ends up being five, I'll consider it close enough. smile

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I might suggest a tight closed binding at the transition would help immensely smile
Apart from that, looking good! big_smile

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