Posted 05 November 2008 - 11:10 PM
I found some AZEK PVC decking today at Stock Bldg. Matls. in Mar Vista.
They don't carry the mill work, just the decking.
I bought a piece that measures 5/4 X 5 1/2" X 16' for $65.
Pricey, but it is enough to make all the baits I want to for the foreseeable future. I don't think my hands could take any more sanding and shaping than that.
First thing I did was cut off a 6" section, weigh it (405 grams), label it with a sharpie, and drop it in a bucket of water. I'll check it tomorrow to see if it absorbed any water.
I ripped the slick finish off another 6" piece, ripped it down into three blanks, and shaped two more 8" jointed trout bodies, and a 5" punker type glide bait.
It really is plastic. When I machined it, the drill cuttings came off in one piece, and wrapped around the bit shaft, where they cooled and hardened.
And I can't put too much pressure on it with the oscillating sander, or it melts.
But it cut just fine on both the table saw and the band saw, and, so far, seems to shape fine.
I'll do some detailing tomorrow with the Dremel sanding drum. That should be interesting, since the Dremel burns poplar. I may wind up with a gooey mess.