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First time post...Hard swimbait questions...
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Posted 12 October 2007 - 04:35 PM
This is my first post here although i have been lurking and reading for a long time. I have to say that you guys are awesome and i hope i can accomplish a small fraction of what you can do! Thank you for all the help and knowledge you leave on this board. Although i greatly appreciate what you guys are doing I hate you at the same time! You should put a warning up how addicting this is. What have you guys gotten me into!!! Anyways Thank you again.
Ok now my question, and i just want to say that I am an accomplished searcher on this site but i cannot seem to find anyinfo on the two things.
1. I want to order some 3D eyes for Swimbaits but i dont know what size would accomodate a 5'' - 7'' bait. Any recomendations?
2. How do you joint a swimbait and keep the sections even? I have ideas but i know you guys have easier ways.
My idea was to angle my table saw and cut the sections while the wood is in block form. Then drill my hinge holes and insert a dowel like rod and put the bait back together via these rods inserted in the hinge holes. This woud allow me to shape the bait as one. I know u guys must have easier ways with the quality baits i see in here! I am stumped though. I tried cutting one on my band saw(after it was shapped) and it came out uneven. With practice i am sure i could do a lot better but there has to be a better way.
Thanks for the help and i am glad to be a part of this. You guys are great! Kudos to you!
Posted 12 October 2007 - 10:27 PM
Eyes-go to any arts and craft store and look at the eyes in the doll section. tons of them to choose from.
I make a smaller swim bait 5.5 inches long, and I cut the sections first and then carve. But you idea is very interesting.
Posted 12 October 2007 - 11:01 PM
Your method is as good as any that I have read. I particularly like the pre-assembly with dowel pins.
What hinge method are you going to use.
Posted 13 October 2007 - 07:34 AM
LKN4DDB - I don’t make a lot of lures with wire hangers (usually eye screws), but when I am going after something larger than Trout, I cut two pieces of wood the required length and half the thickness I want the lure to be. Then, making sure the sides to be joined are perfectly flat and everything is square, I nail the two pieces together with two of the finest gauge panel pins I can get and then cut the lip slot.
I then sand it to shape, don’t worry about punching the pins as the disc/belt sander will knock them down as easy as the wood. When it is sanded to shape, I gently separate the two halves with a knife or chisel, the pins will stay in their respective halves (Usually) and are used as a guide when gluing the two halves back together). I then lay the pre-formed wire into the slots I have routed out, before I nailed them together (forgot to mention that), coat the halves (Devcon2t), line up the two pins and press together, clean up the lip slot and joint with some alcohol and lightly clamp or tape until set. You get a perfect joint every time, the biggest lures I make are 3-1/4”, so it should not be much harder with 5” – 7” lures, probably easier. Hope this is of some use. It takes about as long as it took me to type this, I’m not a good typist though! ! Good luck. Pete
Posted 13 October 2007 - 10:59 AM
Wow i never thought of doll eyes. I went to a large craft store and all i could find were those "googly eyes" Ill have to check into that. Thanks for the sites too!
HAZMAIL- Your method is a lot like what i am thinking with the dowel. Thank you for the post it gave me some more ideas.
Thank you all i really appreciate your replies. It is almost 9am here so i can almost go crank up the wood working tools and give a jointed lure another try.