My main interest is building balsa crankbaits, thats what I like to use and thats what I've caught most of my fish on.
My way of thinking is that its perhaps easier to understand how to make something by taking apart an allready finished item, with that thought in mind I took the tools to an old Rapala lure that I had.
I realise that this might be a bit old hat for the experienced guys here but it might help some of us new boys.
My first impression is that I was a bit dissapointed when I took it apart, not at all what I was expecting to find, it seems to me to be a bit thrown together.
From what my limited abilities found out was that the body seems to be shaped then a hole is cut for the lead weight, this seems to be done with a round saw (circular spinning blade?) the weight is inserted then the pre formed wire is wrapped around it, the 2 loose ends of the wire have been shapened and seem to have just been pushed into the body. The vane is then put in place before the whole thing is wrapped in silver foil (does'nt seem to be any treatment of the wood). It is then coated in some resin (epoxy?) and then finished off with the top painted blue and the bottom white, a touch of red on the throat section and a painted eye.
This method sems to work well and produce a very sucessfull lure.
Can anyone that fastens the wire in different ways comment on this?
How does this way compare?
If the wood is covered will it need treating first?
Does anyone here build in this way?
Is this a better (or easier) method than building in 2 halfs and putting the wire through the middle?
There were many gaps between the wire and wood, but not noticable due to the foil and resin, do you have to be that accurate when building your lures of is this just a quicker way?
Lots of questions but like I said its a big learning curve.
The picture shows both sides of the lure.