Here is a few tools to get the centre of a blank, best if square and paralell, but the little 'spider' tool will also do EVEN tapers.
Vernier Calipers (everyone should have these), they will measure width/ depth to 1/10 of a millimetre- mine cost about $40, but you can buy them for half that, or a set of plastic ones for $8.
Dress Makers Gague- I bought this at an Amish quilt makers shop in Missouri when I was there in May (cost $3.50)- this will measure depth (lip slot) and length/width , and has a sliding stop, very handy little tool. Just be careful and check the measurements marked on the tool, you may have to file some off the end to make it accurate.
Or this 'Spider', which I made way back, because every stick of wood I cut was a different width. I cut 2 X 'U' sections from aluminium 'U Channel' - file them so the legs are exactly the same width, drill a small rivet hole dead centre, (this is where you really need Vernier Callipers) and rivet the legs together - salvage the broken anvil pin from rivet and sharpen on a grinder to a needle point and drive it back through the rivet as in pictures (this will be the 'scriber'). Straddle it over ANY width piece of wood (as long as it has parallel sides, or which has an even taper, drag it along the stick and you get a scribed centre line. If you are doing multiple lures, it's best to do it along the full length of the stick before cutting off to your desired length lure blanks.
I put more time into these jigs etc, than I put into lures - Don't know which I enjoy more!!! Hope you can use something here. pete
Edited by hazmail, 17 November 2008 - 04:48 AM.