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Building Baits with Rosewood?

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I have seen rosewood mentioned as an exotic wood in a couple threads when I did a search, but has anyone actually built, or tried to build, a bait using it? Since it is very dense and heavy, would that kill the action of the bait (since it isn't buoyant)? I have access to some scrap and was looking for pointers or suggestions from someone that has experience using it. Thanks!

Jeff

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If I were you, the first thing I'd do is try a test piece with the sealer, paint, and top coat I was planning to use.

Rosewood, like teak, can be very oily, and tropical hardwoods can have weird reactions with paint schemes.

Plus the saw/sanding dust can be very irritating if you breath it.

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I have never used rosewood for lure, but use it a lot for turning pens and other small projects. The above post is correct. The dust is terrible, make sure you wear a mask when working with it.

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Thank you both re: the dust! Fortunately for me, my source is a custom musical instrument builder who uses the rosewood as the bars on his instruments. He has a full shop with all the bells and whistles, including a dust collection system and respirators. I'd hate to see how that dust would affect my asthma :eek:.

Mark- thanks for the tips on testing the wood with paint, sealer, etc. I would never have thought about it.

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Rosewood hasa specific gravity of 0.88 (water = 1.00). This leaves very little room for manouvre with the ballast, in fact, once you have added the paint and hardware, it will more than likely sink.

You should all use a mask when using machines on wood, regardless of the wood type.

Dave

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