Basic Lure Making Tools...would Be?
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Posted 02 September 2012 - 07:47 AM
Lil River..nix my last query about laminate bits..see where you've already told me they are used for cutting/shaping lexan for lips...I need to quit gluping coffee all nite and read more carefully...senile is as senile does! And you are right Jon Boatin...tis an addictin..but a fun one! Boyd
Posted 02 September 2012 - 08:43 AM
A table top Bandsaw and sander will work just fine.Micro Mark has some neat stuff but they are pricey.Sears and Delta make some pretty good table top tools at a reasonable price...Nathan
Posted 02 September 2012 - 11:02 AM
Thanks Nathan...thought the same about Micro-Mark....I've got use of my Bro's band saw at the moment...so will focus on the sander...have many other uses for that item anyway! Boyd
Posted 02 September 2012 - 11:37 AM
Boyd, I use a belt sander flipped upside down and clamped in my vice to help shape lures. I bought my sander at a flea market by my house. In my experience, Flea markets and garage sales are a good place to find cheap tools.
If the foam you have doesn't work to protect you lures from you vice jaws, try a computer mouse pad. It will protect the wood from the metal jaws and the no slip rubber backing will keep the lure from shifting.
Posted 02 September 2012 - 12:02 PM
Greetings Matt M...
Great idea...my sister loves those things...garage sales and flea markets, not belt sanders I don't think! I'll have to start tagging along with her. Neat idea re using mouse pad....beats my half inch excercise foam mat hands down...thanks Matt! Oh, for us visually challenged, has anyone any experience with Optivision maginfication head bands? Seems to me they may not be much better than the peepers I now have...but was interested in the led lighting attachment dealie put out by another company but fits optivision head bands. Boyd
Posted 02 September 2012 - 01:32 PM
Boyd here is a couple threads from the past that may prove helpful and explain how to use a couple of the tools mentioned.
I have never used the tile cutting bit on aluminum. So, I can not say but who knows you may be teaching us all a new trick or two before long.
Look forward to seeing your fish catching creations.
Posted 02 September 2012 - 03:22 PM
Mine came with rubber sleeves just for that.
Posted 02 September 2012 - 03:45 PM
Littleriver....thanks so much for sharing those post...they were indeed most helpful! As for as sharing a 'trick or two'...best trick i might teach is 'not to follow' type ones...ha! But...you can bet...if I find something utterly amazing that I think worth sharing...you guys will be the first to get the goodies...yep! Thanks much...Boyd
Posted 05 September 2012 - 10:44 AM
My favorite, cannot survive without tool is my belt sander. Great for jobs away from lure building too.
My layout tool is a block of wood with a hole drilled through and a pencil jammed in there. On a flat surface, run the pencil around the blank, flip the blank and repeat. This gives you two lines, the center of which is your center line. It doesn't matter how far off center the pencil lines are, you can see the center.
I did drill more holes to vary the depth of the pencil, but I have never used them. Costs nothing, give it a try.
Edited by Vodkaman, 05 September 2012 - 10:45 AM.
Posted 05 September 2012 - 01:51 PM
Much obliged....even I might can make that lil gizmo...and fits my budget! Can see why it would be of great use...thanks for sharing. Oh,,,so cool to get a tip from a fella a zillion miles away...TU...a worldwide site for great lure building info...cool! Boyd
Posted 05 September 2012 - 03:38 PM
Boyd, here is one more item to add to the list. I purchased a table top belt sander from Harbor Freight for about $50. It's belt is 1" wide and will do most any shaping you need to do. I use it after cutting out the baits on the scroll saw and then sand the bait to the line. Works great, there is a little futsing around with the sanding table but nothing serious. Just click on the sander . It will take you to the site.
Edited by bassguy, 05 September 2012 - 03:42 PM.
Posted 05 September 2012 - 05:13 PM
Get a coping saw,bench top vice,small wood rasp,utility knife and sand paper.
That should get you started.Then you can upgrade to the power tools one
at a time.
Posted 05 September 2012 - 08:15 PM
Jerry...looked up that neat sander on HF....had it on sale for $40 bucks...nice! One thing I've noticed about some of the tools for lure making...can be utilized for other purposes as well...helps in making a decision on purchases...can see where that table top sinder would come in handy for other things as well...thanks for sharing..and providing a link to be able to look at it!
Mr Crankbaits...Wow...I have those things...you mean I can make a lure with just those few items...cool! I'll have to quit procrastinating and get started! Thanks for the post!
Posted 06 September 2012 - 12:38 AM
Small belt sander (one-inch) is indispensable. If you get one with a sanding wheel as well the wheel is great for faster rough cutting.
If you ever start "looking" at rotary tools again I'd suggest a flex-shaft type with hanging motor and foot pedal. Try and get the handpiece that has a little drill-type chuck rather than collets. With that you can use just about any size bit and I chuck up a short piece of k-bob skewer in it when I want to mix epoxy (spin slowly to mix epoxy). Harbor frieght has about a $50 model, you don't need the expensive brand-name kind.
Go with a small band saw before any type of scroll saw. Scroll saws cut way too slow for anything but super detail work.
One thing I use that nobody mentioned is a drawing program... I've used Visio for years and find it indispensible for drawing up stencils and patterns of all kinds. This is a line-drawing app, different from a picture editor because you can move the lines around rather than changing the pixels. You can buy an older version (ver 2000 or 2003 are good) on eBay and it will do more than you need and cost a little less. I usually make up my pattern, print it, cut it out and stick it to the block of wood I want to cut with 2-sided tape and then start cutting.
Posted 06 September 2012 - 03:04 AM
I have a full blown CAD system, but Wchilton is right, you only need something to give you lines and curves. I design my lures to the tools I have. I measure the diameter of the belt sander and make sure I don't create negative curves any smaller.
Posted 06 September 2012 - 03:48 AM
If you don't have the software mentioned above, and it's not really in your budget, you can draw lure templates using a set of French Curves, a compass and a ruler for measuring. You could probably get all of these for $15 or less.
Posted 07 September 2012 - 02:00 PM
If you consider the airbrush as a tool to use, I would like to suggest also using the Folk Art acyrlic paint. I tossed all the little Testors model paint bottles and went with the water base paints that proved to be much less expencive and very easy to use. These guys really make some increadable looking baits and are very helpful with information on how to paint baits as well. I just replaced about 20 colors for less than 20 dollars. Look fwd to see some of your creations.
Posted 18 September 2012 - 04:35 PM
Hey guys...been off the puter awhile...but wanted to thank everyone for the latest post...so helpful ya'll folks are...wish I'd had ya when I was building the cabin..ha! Wanted to add my two cents re....well...kinda a tool...have been using a couple of Wally World plastic 'tool holders' thingys...lil carosels (sp) like miniture lazy susans with different depth pockets...great for keeping organized on the desk...use mine for files, knives, bodkins, rulers, etc. Sure helps keep the clutter down..and only about $6 bucks apiece. Again guys, thanks for all the help..Boyd
Posted 18 September 2012 - 04:52 PM
Can't wait to see some your baits in the gallery!