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Posted 21 March 2008 - 01:41 PM
What are you guys using for weight? I dont want to mess with melting lead. Can I use egg sinkers or fill the hole with the little bb sized lead shod I can get at Walmart?
Posted 21 March 2008 - 02:42 PM
I use weighted hook hangers for the initial weighting, and then spit shot and lead wire, adding them to the hooks until the right weight is achieved. Then I pack it into the weight hole, which I predrill and seal, and hold with thick crazy glue, and then with 5 min. epoxy to fill the hole. If the hole's too deep, I take the lead out and put in some crumpled newspaper. Pushing the lead back in packs down the paper as far as it needs to go to get the lead past flush, but still as close to the bottom of the lure as possible.
Posted 22 March 2008 - 09:16 PM
Thanks.....That sounds like it will work for the situation Im in.
I found a pattern for a simple flat sided twitch bait. The pattern reccomends using beech but I only had white pine and a peice of scavenged whit oak. I like working with pine cause it is real easy.....but I wanted to try working with the oak to see what it was like. Needles to say I will stick with the pine. I ended up with 2 bodies in oak and 1 in pine. Because I changed the density of the wood the reccomended weight probably wont do the trick. I will have to play with the size of the weight to make them all sit right. Also......The slab of white oak I scavenged was full of staples and it was so old and dry that the edges kept popping out. I had to do some major filling.
Anyone know what pallets are made of these days. I have access to a ton of them in work that arent weathered. They look pretty new. I was thinking of scavenging some boards up.
Posted 23 March 2008 - 09:25 PM
Pallets are made from a variety of dense woods. Oak is perhaps the most common, as it stands up to forklift wear quite well. Oak is stubborn wood to make lures from, but will work.
Feel free to use domestic pallet wood for lures, but be aware that the buoyancy of the wood you encounter may vary widely. Some pallets come from overseas, and may be made of whatever's available. Those pallets may have also been fogged/soaked with insecticide, and for obvious reasons are not a good choice for lure building.
Hope this helps, good luck.
Posted 27 March 2008 - 12:21 AM
Ok.........I finally finished that lure. I sealed it using polyacrylic. The paint is just some art store cheap acrylic paint. I dont think it is good for this sort of thing because it is real thick and doesnt lay up nice. I gave it a top coat of polyacrylic also. All of it was brushed on. I think I did ok with the wood working but my painting skills are just not there yet. The bait is about 5-1/2 inches long at about 1-1/4oz.The bill is not lexan as I didnt have any at the moment. I ended up using a plastic bass guitar pick. It is tortex plastic and not flexible so I thought it might work. It floats like it should in the sink and I will give it a cast in to the river tomorrow evening.
Also depicted is an attempt at a Divani No Twitch. I tried foiling it is painted with the same stuff as my other lure. Let me know what you think..............
Posted 27 March 2008 - 07:17 PM
Walked over to river to give these a cast or two. I was very happy with the results. I twitched the lipped bait and it dives, wobbles then resurfaces maintaining its balance. I think I got real lucky with that being my first lure. The "Divani No Twitch was wicked. I put it out and cranked it back at various speeds. It has a really tight wobble and can be burned. I can see this being worked on the surface for blues here in Jersey. I am not so happy with my finishing though. I will be reading through all the tutorials tonight to try and better my abilities. It seems ashamed to put in hours and making something that works well only to have it look like some kid fingerpainted it.
Posted 27 March 2008 - 07:38 PM
hay looks good.
dont be so hard on your self the painting can be just as hard if not harder than the carveing.
if it was easey every one would be doing it .....
it just gived you more of a idea on all the work that goes it to a good or great plug.....
just wait till you find what works great for you and you try to reproduce it thats fun real hard fun.
did you seal it with any thing or juat go with what you had ???
Posted 27 March 2008 - 09:03 PM
I did an undercoat and a top coat with Minwax polyacrylic. It goes on nice with a brush and is very compatable with the acrylic paints I used. It is in no way as durable as epoxy, but it is cheap to use during the learning curve. A pint of this stuff is only $3.
Posted 28 March 2008 - 09:09 PM
I looked through the tutorials lastnight and found a good method for foiling. You basically inkjet print on tissue paper and put it over foil and glue it to the lure body. I gave it a tes shot and was pretty impressed. I found a picture of a real bunker and used it in a test run. This is what I got.