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Swimbait Pin/eye Hinge Jig
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Posted 28 March 2011 - 01:44 AM
I build my swimbait joints, using the pin/eye method. Although commercial screw eyes are available, I prefer to make my own eyes, usually twisted soft stainless steel, but lately I have been using brass.
The operation that I always dread when making swimbaits, is setting the hinge eyes. Things rarely go perfect. I always seem to get one joint with the gap too large, or one eye sticking out more than the other on one hinge and I never seem to get all the gaps even. What is worse is that there is no adjustment. At least with screw eyes, you can screw in and out until you get the gaps perfect.
I have been toying with the idea of a jig for this operation for quite some time and after screwing up the tail section gap on my latest lure a couple of days ago, I decided that the jig needs to be built now. I have just glued my first set of hinges with the jig and it worked perfectly. This is what I came up with: http://www.youtube.c...h?v=jD_-pZep5N8
Posted 28 March 2011 - 09:04 AM
Nice solution you've come up with Dave. The jig looks great as well. Will have to remember this one if/when I decide to tackle swimbaits.
Posted 28 March 2011 - 09:55 PM
Thanks ben. Not too many people stray into this forum. My next post here, will be titled 'free sex for lure builders'
Posted 29 March 2011 - 01:36 AM
Ummmm. Will you have an upper age limit on that post?
<g> Just warming up for 4-1-2011
Posted 29 March 2011 - 02:04 AM
No age limit. You just have to answer correctly, 5 questions based on the video and provide a medical certificate of fitness.
Posted 29 March 2011 - 03:15 AM
I'll watch the video, but I'm not answering any questions.
Posted 10 January 2012 - 08:17 AM
Nice solution to a tricky job V-man.It sucks to get that far along in a process and have a failure.I've read on other sites that pretty compitent builders won't build jointed baits because of the failure rate.I can't help thinking that the hinge issue is the cause and your idea may be the cure.Well done.
Posted 10 January 2012 - 09:55 AM
Glad you liked it.
I agree about the difficulties. I mark out and drill all the through holes in the square block, before I even cut the shape out. This cuts down a lot of rejects with hours of work in them. The slots still have to be cut though.
Posted 10 January 2012 - 08:44 PM
That is one elegant jig! I know you hate it when things aren't right, and your jig will eliminate joint problems, for sure.
And a video with a sense of humor music theme to boot!
As for the "free sex for lure builders" video, I've been married three times, and have five kids. There is no such thing as free sex!
Posted 10 January 2012 - 10:19 PM
lmao So true.
Posted 14 January 2012 - 10:43 PM
great video of the jig you might try to market it im sure swimbait makers will love to have it to install the pins like you did
Posted 15 January 2012 - 11:33 AM
Very nice of you to say so.
I think the market for such a device would be very small. Plus the postage from Indonesia would be inhibiting to say the least. I posted this design as my solution to a tedious problem in the hope that it might help a fellow TU'er or even inspire someone to tackle their own tedious problems.
Posted 02 June 2012 - 01:18 AM
Dave - I only done a search for 'Free Sex' and finished up here .
Great solution to one of the PITA's of swim baits.
Thanks for your post mate, it's going in the file.
Loved the 'Black Dyke" band also.