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  1. When I started making my own topwaters I did without really adding sound. I had some trips where I had decent hook sets. Other trips not as great. Was that due to no added sound? The ones I make now are loud and I’ve noticed a small difference with higher hook sets.
  2. Have you tried western red cedar? Another wood I like to carve, but may be hard for you to get is tupelo. Should get great action with that wood.
  3. turtlela

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    Like the color pattern
  4. How thick is each coat of KBS? And how many coats are you using so that the bait holds up to wear and tear?
  5. RTFX, you haven't had any issues cleaning your gun after using the Varathane?
  6. I’ll get some pics of a bait that had bad clumping from the first batch I ever made when I get home. I regards to the question about tupelo wood. There’s two forms of it that carvers like. The part below the water line is the premium stuff. It’s so soft it’s almost like cork and the lightest wood I’ve ever felt. The problem with that part of the tree is it gouges real easy on the lathe and I don’t think I’d trust it holding up even if running wire all the way through the bait. The part I used is a small portion above the water line that is harder, but still super light. It holds up better on the lathe, but can still gouge so I start sanding once I get it close to the dimensions I like. If anyone is interested in trying it, I highly recommend it. I live in south Louisiana and I can find out where my friend buys the blocks of Tupelo. From what he tells me, Tupelo is the finest wood to carve wooden decoys with. Some of his decoys take over a year or two to finish. Tupelo is found in the swamp along cypress trees. I could probably get a few samples for some to try.
  7. Here’s a few. Some have rattles. Other are solid blanks. One of the doctors I work with is a big time duck decoy carver and has premium Tupelo scraps I get for free. I told him I’d give him some baits in exchange for the wood. It’s a process, but I want to eventually turn out really nice baits. My airbrushing skills need the most work, but getting better
  8. You mean just the plain wood sanded before paint? Would I post that here? Read something about posting images in a gallery.
  9. Guess I’ll just start weighing the epoxy. The digital scale I have can measure small weights. I’ll wait to see how this second coat does. Looks good so far. A couple need closer inspection. I want to avoid a 3rd coat due to weight of the bait. I’m experimenting with different woods at the moment and got my hands on Tupelo from a friend. This stuff is light, but easy to run on the lathe compared to basswood.
  10. I let it run for at least 18 hours. I have a scale and I work at a hospital so have siringes at home. I just put the second coat on measuring with a syringe. Let it sit 10 min and then applied. This time I put it on while turning and would stop and go periodically to make sure I got good even coverage. Will shall see. Worst case if it happens again is lightly sand down in spots
  11. What do you use to secure your screws or do you drill through wire through?
  12. Hello everyone, new to the forum and to bait making. I’ve been working on topwater wooden baits for the last two months and I’m making progress. Quick question. I have 5 baits turning on a rack and two of the baits have epoxy that’s clumping up. I use envirotex lite and apply with an acid brush. I’ve been told envirotex doesn’t harden fast and you have 6-7 minutes to apply. I painted all five baits with the same resin mixture. I’m thinking the last two baits with issues received resin as it was starting to thicken. Any thoughts? Advice? One last thing, I make my own screw eyes and wondering what are y’all using to secure your screws inside a bait? I tried using the envirotex but it isn’t working as well as I would like. Maybe loctite??
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