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Slipped on the lip slot
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Posted 23 December 2006 - 04:02 PM
While I am awaiting the passing of Christmas and the coming of more cash flow, I am not able to splurge on any more tools. I have been using mostly a pocket knife a Dremel and sandpaper to shape my first few bodys.
With that being said I totally screwed the lip slot on the lure that I actually got a decent body out of. The Dremel was apparently a little too hungry, or I was shaking from trying to quit smoking, and the lip slot is too big. Can it be saved, or should it be chalked up to experience?
Posted 23 December 2006 - 05:30 PM
I've done that and have the same problem when replacing a broken diving bill. What works for me is U-40 Rod Bond paste epoxy. Rod Bond is a medium thick epoxy paste that comes in 2 4oz jars for around $10. It's made for gluing cork handles and reel seats onto rods and is very strong. 8oz of the stuff lasts a long time and can be used for other jobs too. It has a work time of more than 1 hr and takes 24 hrs to cure hard. You can smooth it out with a finger while uncured and clean up any that gets on a plastic or Lexan bill with a Q-tip dipped in naphta (aka lighter fluid). The paste makes it easy to position bills in too-large slots without epoxy leaking all over the place. Other paste epoxies are available at home centers if you'd prefer a smaller volume, but Rod Bond is what I've tried.
Posted 23 December 2006 - 07:41 PM
I have a small bandsaw in my garage that you can have if you want it. I upgraded and the saw is just sitting there collecting dust.
Posted 23 December 2006 - 08:13 PM
I would definatly be interested in the band saw. Shoot me a PM with an e-mail addy and we can talk further.
Posted 23 December 2006 - 09:16 PM
You can fix via Bob's suggestion, or use an epoxy to fill the old slot and after it has cured, cut a new slot.
Posted 23 December 2006 - 10:59 PM
Dean & Bob,
I actually did a combination. I used some scotch tape to create temporary side walls at the lip cut and filled it with 5 min epoxy. I just baby sat it for 5 minutes and it turned out as good as if I had planned it that way. I will see if it hurts the swimming action tommorrow or Christmas night.