Wilbur311

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I first want to say this is truly the most informative web-site I've found regarding lure making. It's amazing what you guys can do. I just want to say thanks for sharing your knowledge. With that being said I'm having a little trouble keeping the centerline of a crankbait I'm trying to make. When I sand the bait I loose the line. Any suggestions?

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@ Wilbur311

I always re-draw it whilst sanding , before it vanishes completely .

But if the bait is not of too complexe shape , I'd mark and drill my pilot holes for eyescrews , or cut the belly slot for internal wire harness and the lip slot prior to rounding it off by sanding .

Meaning , that at this stage only the outline of the the bait is cut out and smoothened , the sides(flanks) are still parallel plane .

So the centerline isn't that important anymore , though a good aid for eyeballing for symetry !

good luck:yay: , diemai

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Here's a little trick for you if you are needing to keep your lines visible...

Use a "pounce wheel" to roll them on. It's a little metal wheel with points and a plastic handle that is used in sewing to mark paper templates and then shake chalk onto the fabric to see where to cut.

Any fabric or sewing store would sell them.

After you have sanded the lure to the right shape a little wood filler will smooth out the remaining tiny holes and voila!

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I mark the center line with a compass containing a lead marker. If sanding will erase the lines, I go ahead and drill small holes with my Dremel where the hook hangers and line tie will go. I can enlarge the hole on the belly to accept the ballast/hanger when I'm ready for it. I also draw lines as "sanding limits" on the back and belly to guide me when I'm rounding over the edges with a Dremel sanding cylinder.

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I take 2 pieces of wood and paint 1 side of each black and glue the black sides together. You will always have a visible center line no matter how much sanding or cutting you do.

mossy maker

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I take 2 pieces of wood and paint 1 side of each black and glue the black sides together. You will always have a visible center line no matter how much sanding or cutting you do.

mossy maker

Good idea. I use Gorilla Glue to laminate wood for some lures, and it leaves a paint-like line that's visible until it's painted over.

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I don't ever use lines, just start sanding. Once you get the shape close to what you want, look at the lure from the nose, from the tail, from the bottom, from the top. When you have all the angles tapering off each side even, you are there.

Jed V.

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