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Finishing exotic wood baits?

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Need help with final prep on a hardwood bait. I am curently carving & finishing a glider type bait from Canary wood (other types of exotic wood to follow hopefully), which I would also like to be fully functional as well requiring drilling & weighting. The problem is filling the holes properly with the same wood for a nice clean finish since these baits will not be painted just clearcoated to allow the natural beauty of the wood to speak for itself.

I use 1/4" -5/16" holes fore weighting, rattles, etc. I looked into getting a small hole saw type bit to make my own dowel inserts but the smallest bit they have at Lee Valley Tool in Calgary is 3/8". Also the only dowel material I can find locally are poplar, spruce, oak, etc. The only other idea I had was to make a pile of fine sawdust mixed with glue to make my own filler but not sure if that would work.

Anyone else done the same sort of thing with some ideas? Thanks, John.

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ever think about turning your own dowels for plugs or caps on a lathe that might be better than cutting them with a plug cutter? :yeah:

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I think the plug cutter will probably be better than dowels, because it will allow you to have a flat face grain face, and let you pick wood that matches the lure better. Dowels tend to finish dark, because they are, by nature, end grain when you use them to plug round holes.

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Thanks for the ideas on the plug cutters guys. It turns out that Lee Valley DOES have plug cutters in 1/4" & 5/16" called the Snug Plug which creates a slightly tapered plug for a tight fit. I guess the employee who I contacted either forgot they had them or else didn't know about them.

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