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Posted 25 July 2003 - 01:51 PM
After several days of trying my patience on finishing crankbaits, ( I found a bunch of Rebel Crank-r's for .99 cent a piece, stripped them and repainted them with spray paint, finished with devcon and I was amazed..)
Now, that I have practiced painting and seeing if it was for me Im hooked. Now heres my question,
Where can I get good quality wooden crankbait bodies? Do Most of you make your own? I know I can get plastic crankbait bodies from Janns, but I would like to have some wooden ones too.
Thanks Guys !
Posted 25 July 2003 - 02:19 PM
Hi Seminole Fan, well I started out just like you did. I got a couple dozen plastic baits from Jann's Netcraft. The paint jobs turned out quite well and I too was hooked. I am now making my own bodies from wood as they are much more enjoyable to know you actually made the body and painted it and then when you get that first fish. Just Awesome. I guess the first one is the hardest because you really don't know for sure what you want. Once you get one done and it works, look out. Those wheels start turning and you get all kinds of ideas. The more you make the more ideas you come up with. It is a good idea to keep some notes in case you want to make more than one. Give it a try and if I can be of any help, just ask away. Ken schmitz Mylures
Posted 26 July 2003 - 07:03 AM
Thanks Ken for the encouragement.. I guess I will start a project like Coley did. With the ceder and balsa. I guess I will use pine and balsa instead. I will have to convince my wife that I need some new tools, like a mini lathe and bandsaw..
Posted 26 July 2003 - 05:11 PM
Any idea when the Duplicator plans will be finished.. Im growing very anxious..
Coley.. Hows the two part wooden crank bait coming along.. Im very excited about you Pioneering this idea.. I guess you got all the wheels turning..
Posted 26 July 2003 - 05:46 PM
I do most of my crankbaits using a tablesaw and a 1 " belt sandergrinder.
I finish sanding by hand and they turn out quite well. Ken Schmitz
Posted 26 July 2003 - 06:27 PM
Hey SeminoleFan, the balsa/cedar cranks are coming well.
I posted a pic in gallery awhile back of finished bait.
I have now almost finshed 4 more and have 4 more in the making.
Will post some more pics when done.
What I really like about it is the different body designs you
can make with the same cut out. I am working on 2 now
that are tapered from the top to the outer edge and flat underneath and
roundded from front to back. Kinda resembles The head of a Cobra.
Thats what I call it, my Cobra Bait.
The action on the first one was a nice tight wiggle and an almost vertical dive. I was very pleased.
Posted 26 July 2003 - 09:36 PM
Still workin on em as I find time,
I'm actually leaning towards a prefabbed metal version. At first thought it would seem a metal version would be more complicated to build, but in actuality you save alot of material cause you dont have to beef up so many parts.
it is coming along, I think I'll still offer the wooden version too.
sourcing parts is the biggest headache, which is why I might just make the machines instead of plans.