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Posted 10 July 2009 - 10:05 PM
I would appreciate any direction that would help me obtain some wooden jitterbug bodies. I am wanting to put together some 3" Jitterbugs. The 3" Jitterbug actually has a body which is 2 5/8" long and 7/8" thick. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Posted 10 July 2009 - 10:15 PM
Well you can get a hold of someone that is good with a lathe. If I was any good I would be more than happy to help you but Im just a noob at the whole lathe thing:lolhuh:.
Posted 11 July 2009 - 03:06 PM
Guess , that it would be almost impossible finding blanks , that exactly meet your demands , .... apart from having them custom made by a wood turner .
But what you could try is to obtain blanks like these ones listed and cut/grind an approx. 45° plane onto one end for the jitterbug lip to be screwed onto .
Wood Surface Lures Lure Parts Online
Problem about this is , that the plane has to turn out to have exactly the required length for the lip's height to fit on ,...... the indention in the lip's center at bottom edge must sit flush to the lures belly edge and still the tow eye at top of lip must protrude over back edge of the blank .
If the 45° plane should turn out a little longer you could round the edges a bit by sanding(to render the plane shorter) , as evenly and symetrical as possible .
The problem would also be , whether your lip sizes(I guess , that there are only two or maybe even three sizes available) , would match the particular blanks at all , if furnished with that 45° plane ?
A matter of trial and error in that case , I'd say:? .
good luck , diemai:yay:
Posted 11 July 2009 - 09:16 PM
Thanks for the advice so far. I hope there is more. I never would have imagined that finding these would be so difficult.
Posted 12 July 2009 - 07:05 AM
Not sure if the new ones are wooden or plastic, but you can still by Jitterbugs, so why not just go buy some if you want the specific size. Otherwise, grab a large dowel rod and go to town and make a few, doubtful the fish will know if it is perfectly round and you should be able to get it close enough for the lip to fit. You might be surprised, and you might enjoy the process of making it versus buying it!
Posted 16 July 2009 - 10:10 AM
What about trying to pour one out of alumilite, and microballoons. They float just as good, and the newer jitterbugs by hedan luers were made of plastic. Just get an old lure the size you want and make a mold of rtv. amd pour one up...Captain Jerry
Posted 06 August 2009 - 10:21 PM
The is a huge night and day difference between the older balsa jitterbug bodies and the new plastic jitterbug bodies. With the old wood bodies you could use a pair of needle nose pliers and cup the outer edges of the lips and the bait would have a much deeper pronounced sound in comparison to the uncupped lip. You can tweak and cup the lips on the new plastic bodied baits all you want and not have nowhere near the results that you can get with the balsa bodied baits.
I would get various size of the new plastic bodied baits and split them down the middle in order to get accurate measurments for the lip angles then i would cut some out of wood.
Edited by WidowMaker, 06 August 2009 - 10:24 PM.
Posted 06 August 2009 - 11:06 PM
I believe the original Jitterbugs were made of cedar,not balsa.