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#1 Tom S

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Posted 24 September 2005 - 09:05 PM

Just curious as to why so many guys use cedar for lures. What characteristics of cedar make it good for lures? And how much difference between western red cedar and white cedar? It must work well for lures because so many guys use it, I just want to know why is it good . I am thinking of trying it on larger crankbaits for muskies because what I am using now is too heavy.


#2 Legendary Lures

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Posted 24 September 2005 - 09:22 PM

Cedar is preferred for several reasons:
- Light weight and bouyant.
- Easy to work with.
- The grain is not too strong.
- It is tougher than balsa.
- Easy to get.
- Inexpensive.
- CCBCo used it.

If you're making a bunch of lures, you should consider wearing a dustmask. After all, there must be a reason insects don't like it.

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Posted 25 September 2005 - 04:37 AM

When you are working cedar wear a respirator , the dust will go right through a paper type mask and make you experience flu like symptons, I guess it is the oil in the cedar that causes this, just know it 's not fun.

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Posted 26 September 2005 - 05:51 AM

cedars harder then balsa. exellent paint retention. its corky fast action.. use a good dust collector when sanding and turning, at the work stations.. you can lead cedar to change the actions needed.. pm me if you have any questions, maybe we can help you out.
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Posted 07 October 2005 - 09:12 PM

I started using it because Poe's uses it?