Florida Don

Turned this today

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Just thought I'd show you my latest try at turning a lure.

I wanted to see how close I could come to reproducing a lure. So, I opened one of my books to any page at random and picked out a picture to copy.

Here are the results. I did it all free hand (or free sight) as I don't really have all the equipment to do things properly.

I know the center section is a bit too thin but other than that, I am pretty satisfied.

Do you think I should paint this lure or just leave it natural? The wood is redwood.

I have no intension of selling these "reproductions" - I am strictly trying to learn how to turn different items.

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It is a beautiful , natural material , I wouldn't paint it , only apply a tough , glossy topcoat !

BTW : many years ago , at the beginning of my luremaking carreer , I once tested a clearcoated(to prevent lure to soak water prior to final painting) teakwood lure in a canal , pulled it right along the bank , to see how it would swim .

Suddenly a nice perch inhaled the crank , I could clearly view this , it is not always the color , but the action:wink: !

Greetings , diemai

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Dimai and Jamie,

Thanks - I was leaning toward leaving it natural as well. Now, the problem is where to hang the hooks. I can go like the original or try something else. Any suggestions?

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hay way to go it looks great.

if you dont catch on it you can allways snag something with all them hooks lol...:yeah:

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Looks good!

Reminds me I have to try turning up a lure one of these days.

I have a "Clisby micro lathe" that I ordered from Australia a while back that would work excellent on some small turned up lures.

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Thanks! I am thinking of hanging the hooks on the "plain" sides. Both sides have "eyes" 180* apart and plain 180* apart.

I think it may be cool to have the "eyes" left alone to make it something new to the fish. Then again, it may not look very tempting to them. I will only get one shot at drilling for the hooks - so I am spending some time trying to decide.

You are correct about all the hooks - hell, with all that weight it may not even float.:lol:

Just thought of something - I will tape the hooks on in various positions and see what works.

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Thanks! Yep, turning is fun. I also made my first bowl today. Came out pretty good for not having the correct chisels.

I just have an elCheapo lathe that I got at Harbor Freight. It works fine, but I have decided I need something a bit larger - not for lures but for other things.

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Leave it Natural.

Now what is the name of the original so I can get some sleep tonight ???

Great job ... wish I could work with wood .. I really "Butcher" it.

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:lol:Sorry, I didn't mention the name before. I had meant to, but simply forgot.

Here is the info I have on it.

It is called Moonlight Dreadnought by Moonlight/Paw Paw Bait Co.

Circa 1913

Length 4"

NOTES: " Not often found. This unique lure has flat cup hardware consistant with Moonlight baits".

Value $700 - $1000

Really, it is not that hard to turn a lure. I never ran a lathe until about a month ago. If you make a mistake, the design just changes a bit.:lol:

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Thanx

Now I can get a good nights sleep and if I ever see one I will know what it is (ifn I can remember) ....

Tried that lathe work many years ago .. just do not have the touch ..

You guys are great with wood ...

JSC

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If I were to paint it, I would do it like the original. But, I will just leave this one natural, finish it, keep it as a master and make some more only with the center thicker.

I doubt that it is a good fisher, as it wasn't around long.

Thanks to all for the advice.

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Don, talking about the centre section. I notice that you have introduced a radius at each end. This is good design, as a sharp corner would introduce a weak point.

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Vodkaman,

Thanks. But the original has a larger diameter. I have to get some hardware for this lure in order to finish it. I need to find some of the "old" propellers.

My lathe work has piqued my interest so much that all I want to do is turn wood. Will have to get a bunch of lures done and go fishing soon.

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