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Posted 21 August 2009 - 03:08 PM
I think you can forget about using trex for a plug, unless you want a sinker.
Posted 21 August 2009 - 03:49 PM
Well crap.....thats not what I want hear....dangit.....I went dumpster diving for nuthin!...i'm still gonna throw some hardware on a small chunk just to see what it does in the water.
Posted 21 August 2009 - 08:48 PM
Yep....thats exactly what happened.....I rough cut a lure shape this evening and dropped it into a bowl of water....it floated just below the surface the same as a large chunk did.....I screwed in three screw eye's and hung two split rings and treble hooks and dropped it back into the water only to watch it sink like a rock......I started removing hardware only to find that even the weight of one screw eye was enough to make it sink.....So much for using Trex.....guess i'll find another use for these scraps or just run them back down to the dumpster I got them from.
Darn, I thought I was set for materials for awhile....easy come....easy go.
Update:...the wife just walked into the kitchen and yells, "why is there poop floating in this bowl"?.....lol....I yelled back,"Its not poop, but it is a turd".....lol.
Edited by 68KingFisher, 21 August 2009 - 08:58 PM.
Posted 22 August 2009 - 01:24 AM
K/F - DON'T THROW IT AWAY--- with a Forstner bit, drill a vertical hole in the top as deep as you think, then cap it off with something - maybe stuff some tissue in and cap with bog?? this extra air should give you some buoyancy where you want it (opposite to lead ballasting) - I'm finding sometimes it's as good to have neutral timber as it is to have heaps of buoyancy (Balsa), for me this is especially true in 'swim baits'.pete
Posted 22 August 2009 - 01:42 AM
Once again, Pete climbs out of his box for a spot of thinking. Nice one Pete.
Posted 22 August 2009 - 01:59 AM
I gotta admit, the thought occured to me about drilling a hole and filling it with spray foam or something...or nothing, and just plugin the hole to see if the trapped air might help.....guess that'll be the next test.....thanks Pete.
Posted 22 August 2009 - 11:11 AM
I can't say Trex has no place in lure building but IMO, you would be better off with a body material that has at least a slow float with hardware, lip and ballast included. Building crankbaits is a lot easier if you work with just a few body materials. E.g., as you work with balsa, you get a feel for its buoyancy and what it takes to build balsa baits that dive and swim the way you want - how it shapes, how much ballast it requires, how to best fit lips and hardware into balsa, and how to finish it. Switch to another body material and you start from scratch. Unless you plan to become a Trex crankbiat expert, I'd let it go. The cost of crankbait materials is insignificant compared to the work you put into them and their worth as fish catching lures.
Posted 22 August 2009 - 11:40 AM
"Its not poop, but it is a turd".
rofl...... Best one I've heard in a while KingFisher. Mind if I use it?
Posted 22 August 2009 - 06:05 PM
She probably overheard you when you found out it sank and said, "Oh, crap!'.
Seriously, I thing BobP is right. I'm pretty sure you could find a way to make it work, but it's not worth all the extra effort.
We are constantly trying to cut down on steps in manufacturing a lure.
Adding steps just to make Trex usable seems to me like a big waste of your time and effort.
Edited by mark poulson, 22 August 2009 - 06:09 PM.
Posted 22 August 2009 - 09:08 PM
That sounds reasonable to me....i'll find another use for the Trex and move on to a different material.....I did snag a couple of pieces of red cedar that I can start with for now....Thanks again for all the great advice guys.
Posted 22 August 2009 - 10:49 PM
Yeah Bob I too tend to agree with you, using four different woods would be a bit like having 4 wives, you never know what to do to keep on the right side of 'the line' - Not that I have ever had more than one!!!!pete