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Posted 09 February 2012 - 11:19 AM
Hi , folks ,
Bored at home , fooling around with the computer for hours , .........finally I've managed to put some older pictures from my files and ol' Jimi together , ......do not know , what I exactly did and why , .......but at some stage it was suddenly there !
Hope that it might come in helpful , off course any further questions will be answered !
greetz , diemai
Posted 09 February 2012 - 11:31 AM
I was just talking to an old boss of mine. He was complaining how expensive large spoons have gotten. Maybe I'll try to make a few and see how they turn out.
Posted 09 February 2012 - 07:40 PM
Thank you for sharing Dieter!
What kind of wood makes the best molds? And how thick is the material your working with? Looks like brass and copper right ?
Posted 10 February 2012 - 06:18 AM
Thanks , folks ,
.................sadly I had to change the soundtrack , 'cause ol' Jimi Hendrix must not be used on German Youtube , ........there have been lawsuits opened by the local music industry against certain websites forbidding them to publish certain music tunes .
As a result this video was not accessible to German viewers , so I had to kick Jimi out to be replaced with a tune offered by YouTube , ...now it should be not banned over here anymore .
Commercial spoons might have become that expensive , because prices for brass and especially copper have drastically increased on world's markets , .........over here we frequently hear about some hoodlums disassembling copper drainpipes , copper roofing or even electric wiring from railroad tracks to sell these to scrapyards .
Scrapyards should be your source of material as well , ........unless you know someone working in a place , where he might get some scrap pieces for free or little money .
I'm making most of my spoons out of stainless steel sheet(getting it free at my work) , but this tuff stuff requires industrial grade power tools to be cut to outer shape , ........I only utilize same methods as shown to furnish the cupping (still comes harder compared to brass or copper) .
I've used 20mm thick beechwood , ........so I guess , any 1" hardwood board would do , .......maple and oak would surely work .
Once I've cracked up such a template , it was deeper cupped and I've bee working on a bigger stainless steel blank , so that wood block received a lot of punishment and finally did not hold up , just split lengthwise in a clean cut .
I've glued it together again and reinforced it with some square hardwood pieces , glued and screwed crosswise against the bottom of the mended template , .......no problems occured anymore with that one so far .
With brass and copper such won't happen(average sized spoons of SST are also OK in that way) , as the metal is softer and bends easier , ........in fact especially with copper sheet ones has to care to to be carried away and furnish the cupping too deep , causing the spoon to flip over onto it's reverse side and only flutter up-and-down instead of nicely wobbling along .
I'd strongly advise to test(with hooks assembled)every spoon prior to polishing , painting , applying decal foil or whatsoever souping-up one intends to do .
These "Shoehorn" style spoons are quite "good-natured" in terms of getting them to swimm well , ....also the tradional German "EffZett"-spoon shape , wider symetric spoons with pointed ends or pointed tail ends in general are a bit harder to do .
Material thickness can be 1,0 to 2,o millimetres , copper sheet even 2,5mm , .......2,0mm stainless requires a helluva beating to achieve the cupped shape , ......not impossible , but only for the passionate like me , I guess !
Once you have the beating tempate , you can also shape smaller sized spoons in it , you do not neccessarely need a template for each size , .......for all of my different spoons , that I've made through so many years(you may check my gallery on the last album pages) , I've only utilized three of these , ......and another shallower one for 0,5mm SST spinner blades .
good luck , Dieter
Edited by diemai, 10 February 2012 - 06:20 AM.
Posted 10 February 2012 - 04:23 PM
Nice spoon making video shows just what people can do if thay try
Posted 11 February 2012 - 02:05 AM
Thanks a lot , fellas , ........these are just some humble attempts to make some good spoon lures , .........but these do work out and they catch !
I've put this video up on German site as well , ..........one pretty much experienced guy there(he built his own CNC router to make hardbait blanks or casting molds) told me , that instead of a wooden beating template one could also use a thicker plate of lead for making the initial cupping of the spoon blank , ........the soft lead would indent under the hits of the plastic hammer .
I haven't tried this before , but I imagine , that one would get a more even surface this way , so that not so many fine-shaping with a ball peen hammer on a steelplate or an anvil might be neccessary after that initial cupping ?
But on ther other hand there would be the usual health concerns about lead !
greetz , Dieter
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