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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.:yay:

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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:

Oak

Poplar

Pine/Fir (of course)

Cedar (really knotty in my stores)

Aspen

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.

Good luck

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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:

Oak

Poplar

Pine/Fir (of course)

Cedar (really knotty in my stores)

Aspen

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.

Good luck

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.

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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.

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