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Posted 10 August 2009 - 12:40 PM
I'm starting to get into hardbaits and was wondering what kind and size of wood should i start with. Want to make hard swimbaits, something different from soft baits which i already do. Will be buying wood at home depot or lowes. Thanks.
Posted 10 August 2009 - 01:57 PM
Size and type really depends on the target fish......
you going after big Muskie or saltwater? or smallies n trout?
Lowes & Home depot, are really limited on wood variety
I think the typical stock is:
Pine/Fir (of course)
Cedar (really knotty in my stores)
While your there look at the exterior PVC boards like Azek & similar.
I've never used pvc from the box stores but there are discussions archived here.
You'll get much better material looking elsewhere, but I understand the ease of shopping there, I'm in one of the box stores myself at least 3 times a week.
Posted 14 August 2009 - 12:07 PM
Baits will be 5-8" swimbaits for bass. What is this PVC, AZEK stuff. Is this like siding for a house? Was gonna try poplar or maybe basswood(found in hobby store)for the first attempt.
Posted 14 August 2009 - 12:59 PM
Expanded PVC (Azek is a brand) is used for exterior house trim and is sold at most home centers. It has a uniform structure (no grain), will not absorb water, and it floats. The PVC I've tried seems to have a density similar to basswood. IMO, how well PVC or any wood will work depends on the type of swimbait - wakebait, shallow diver, or sinking. It's mostly about how much buoyancy you need in the bait. Buying wood at a home center can be a hit or miss proposition. Sometimes you can find straight, close grained wood that is relative dry - but often not in my experience. Home center wood has been transported in bulk, often stored outside, and so has a much higher moisture content than wood from a specialist or hobby wood provider.