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RiverMan

cutting out cranks

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The chinook baits I am currently making from cedar/pine taper at the head and tail. To get the rough shape of the lure I have been first cutting out the side profile of the lure followed by the top profile. Despite my effort to go slow and be careful it seems that I my top profile cuts are never quite as good as I would like them to be. I'm wondering how others here do it, do you use a grinder maybe for the top profile shaping? Do you cut the side profile then reassemble the cut out pieces and cut the vertical?

Thank you.

jed

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Jed, The best way to cut out any bait or other carving from a block of wood is to start with a block about 1/2" longer than the lure. Trace the top and side profile on the wood starting at one end and finishing 1/2" from the other end. Make your cuts only to the end of the lure, leaving the last 1/2" intact. Back the blade out of the block and make your next cut. Back out again and then cut the excess off with a cross cut. By doing it this way you are always cutting on a square, flat surface. Good Luck, Joe

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Riverman,

I also make king baits, though less frequently now, but what type of bait are you trying to make. Is it a J plug/Lyman type bait or something else? The previous post had some good tips, but there are other ways too depending on the bait. A pic or similar bait type would help.

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Thank you Joe, I will give this method a try.

Out2llunge,

Right now I am working on what looks like a large jerkbait but with a larger, rounder, and more vertical lip in hopes I will get a slow wobble. I plan on fishing the bait behind a dropper weight or diver like you would a kwikfish. The bait is about 6 or 7 inches long.

Jed

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