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Help for a newbie just starting out.
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Posted 27 August 2005 - 06:40 PM
This is my first post on this fine forum. I just had some basic questions. I will be going to Home Depot tomorrow and I wondered what I should get. What tools would you suggest, what type of wood and what size? Anything you can suggest that will help me make my first lure a success would be great. I look forward to reading your replies.
Posted 28 August 2005 - 01:10 AM
Jason, a very broad question. Each lure maker on this site is unique.
1.What type of lure are you making? some are handcarved, some
are made by machines, some are molded, etc.
2. Try using balsa and basswood as these are inexpensive and
easy to work with.
3. What tools do you have already? I wouldn't buy a lot until you
know what it is you in fact need. Its taken me a couple years
now to acquire a lathe, bandsaw, drill press, etc...I only bought
as a genuine need arose and now I use these about every day.
Consider quality when buying.
*I started out carving as this was inexpensive and it taught me a lot about
how wood behaves and can be worked; however I'm still learning.
Machines are dangerous...read the manuals and read a book on their use.
I have at least one book for each machine and a couple about wood
carving. Read the tutorials...there are some nice baits outlined.
Be safe, have fun, and most of all get started. -Jack
Posted 28 August 2005 - 07:42 PM
Well, the lure will be done with just basic tools, I don't have access to a lathe or a band saw, so just some tools I have laying around the house. I went to Home Depot and they did not carry balsa, what other type of wood should I use? I saw pine, maple, oak etc... What size board should I get generally? What is the best online source for lure making products?
Posted 29 August 2005 - 09:16 AM
I just started trying to carve lures in the past two months and this is what I have found so far. Balsa is very light and easy to carve but not sold at Home Depot try a hobby/craft store they have it. Lowe's carries cedar which is what a lot of Poe's are made of. Home Depot does not sell cedar but Lowe's has it for $2.30 for like a 1"x3"x8' section. Cedar is harder to carve than balsa but I like to use it. Like I said I am still new to this and my next obstacle is lip placement and weighting.
Posted 01 September 2005 - 09:13 PM
Well, I will tell you that the thing that really got me to making baits was:
_ I had been bass fishing for years.
_ I saw the site of a "custom" baitmaker (many of the posters here make far, far better baits) and thought, I can do that.
_ I bought a Dremel for another project.
_ I got to playing around with a Dremel and a piece of wood.
Today, I own a band saw, a belt sander and a drill press. But I could do all the same things I do with those with the Dremel, it would just take longer.