I have dabbled in the past several years making my own flat sided crankbaits out of basswood. It is very addicitve to do, but time consuming. Recently, I saw where lure parts online has flat sided bodies that are already pre- cut so I purchased several. My biggest question to you fellows is how to acheive proper wire allignment with the belly weight and lip line tie. Normally with the basswood blanks that I made in the past, I would pre drill wire hangers and cut the lip slot first. But, I am trying to research the best possible way to cut the most accurate lip slot along with drilling the correct hole for wire thru construction. I have seen a few tutorials and read especially where ed chambers of zoom puts plastic inserts in the tails, and cuts the lip slots last, but this guy has the latest technology and years of experience to go with it. I am thinking that I should cut the hole for the belly weight first. Then, I thought that I would drill the hole for the .035 wire to go thru next before I cut the lip slot since I will be using circuit board material. I also thought about using a small diameter hand saw to saw from the belly to the back after reading a few pieces of info on wire thru assembly for wood minnow baits. Any information would be greatly appreciated.