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Exotic Woods for Lures

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I have been lurking on here reading, and have done a lot of turning of pens and other small items. I have now just got to try to do a lure. Has anyone tried making any of them from the very dense and colorful exotic woods like rosewood and spalded woods? If anyone has i would love to hear how they acted in the water.

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I Just Made 3 Beautiful Jointed J-plugs Out Of Hickory Hammer Handles. They Have A Good Taper And Oval Shape To Balance Better In The Water. I Wanted A Heavy Barely Floating Slowww Wobble That Takes Over 3 Minutes To Retrive On A Long Cast!!! I Have Plenty Of Lighter Pine Plugs That Swim As Fast As I Want. Any Way.. I Filed, Sanded, Hachsawed, Painted, And Finished Them . I Even Bought Out The 20 Remaining Hammer Handles From The Discount Store !!! I Think Im Such A Great Luremaker I Did'nt Bother To Test Them For Bouancy Until I Was Done. (i Did't Want To Waste The Time!!) When I Tested Them They All Sank And Would't Swim At Allll!!!!!!!! Im Going To Make Hand Gaffs Out Of The Remaining Handles...... Be Careful Heavy Woods Work On Some Designs, But Balence Becomes An Issue, Adding Lead Weights Doesn't Always Help, And Testing As You Go Saves Alot Of Firewood !!!!

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The Easier Woods I Have Found To Be Are Pine, Cedar, Birch, And Popular, Ive Made Many Salmon Plugs, A/c Type Plugs, Or J-plugs Out Of Old Canoe Paddles, I Really Like That Oval Shape To Start With For A Tuned Plug.

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I made a popper from Brazilian mahogony once. Twisted off 2 screw eyes even with pilot holes. I finished it in natural. Very nice grain but very hard to work with.

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I Have Blanks Turned 1000 At A Time Out Of Pine And Get A Few With Knots And Grain Then I Finish It 1/2 Natural With Paint Only On The Top 1/2 (the Knot In The Wood Is Always On The Bottom For Balance) Ive Even Tried Different Color Stains For A Trout Pattern, The Right Piece Of Wood Comes Out Beautiful!! I Coat Them 2x With A Heavy 50/50 Resin. I Had A Machine Made With 98 Wood Screws That Spins At 30 Rpm And Dries Them For 8 Hours. Some Are So Nice Im Afraid To Use Them , Much Less Sell Them To An Unworthy Waterbeater..... Question} How Did That Mahogany Popper Work On The Water?

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honduras mahogany is very sweet wood to work with. its pricey. african mahogany sinks. honduras has a beautiful float to it.

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Over here (OZ) the pro's use Beech, blond, nice fine grain, easy to work, on soft side and floats just right. Don't know if it is a local timber or imported. Pete

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kb here i have a little bit of ebony wood and a little of mesquite wood from when i was in texas . i dont have much but you are welcome to a little enough to make a couple lures of each. i have made some stuff on the lathe and the 2 woods sure has a nice grain to it kb

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