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Wood for a top water/bucktail

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Hey guys,

I'm new to this board and I make bucktails.

I want to make a top water that has a wood body, prop and a bucktail rear end.

My question is this, what would be the bEST wood for this application?

Thanks,

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Sounds like you are looking for buoyancy. Balsa is very buoyant, but not durable. Pine and cedar are good choices. The best for buoyancy and durability... Jelutong! Check your local supplier for foundry pattern makers.

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Hi There, my first choice would be clear pine. Sometimes you can get pine 2x4's that are fairly clear at a reasonable price or if you know of any home builders, they always have lots of scraps which they are glad to get rid of. Good luck. Ken Schmitz Mylures

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It's going to be round, I will have to shape it on a lathe.

I want it to free spin on a thru wire and then attach a bucktail type rear end to it. It will also have to be VERY boyant as the body is what is going to keep the bait on top of the water.

Thanks again,

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I'm still working (break time) on a project and that is red oak dowel rod turned on a lathe and hollowed out center to reduce weight and others are just solid. I suggest using dowel rod on lathes if your not already ,for it saves time ,money & tool ware. Many wood choices in dowel rod.

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Clear, very DRY pine. Wood for carving needs to be seasoned or you will suffer cracks after you carve. I keep a year's supply of woood ahead. If it gets a chance to dry out more thean that, so much the better.

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I would use white cedar if you can get it. I'm pretty sure it is the most buoyant out of the cedar family.

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