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Topic: Plug building  (Read 1756 times)

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After my Pyramid trip in April, I had several people suggest I try trolling some Lyman lures for the big Cutts. Well, after some research I found out they are no longer made and the more popular colors are difficult to find...

This dilemma sparked an interest in me building my own plugs. So, I continued my research on what it would take for me to build a similar product. A simple google search yielded salwaterplugs.com, which in my opinion is one of the better places I've found that has the necessary supplies to build pretty much whatever you want. (they don't carry hardware for smaller plugs however)

I also had to decide if I wanted to paint the lures myself or send them out. I have sent out a couple in the past and as I recall they were fairly expensive, along with taking quite awhile to receive. So I went on youtube for some tutorials and to my surprise it didn't seem all that difficult to paint. I managed to find an Iwata airbrush with a compressor and a bunch of paint on craigslist for $120. And with some old beat up lures I've found over the years, I started practicing a few patterns.

List of supplies:

wood - Alaskan yellow cedar
screw eyes - standard and heavy duty
swivels - Rosco Crane, various sizes
hooks - Owner, various sizes
split rings - heavy duty
Epoxy - Bob Smith
Sealer - Helmsman Spar urethane
Painting supplies - Iwata dual action airbrush w/ createx paints

Heres a few pics to show where I'm at so far. I'm still waiting on a burr that I will use to cut the cup shape in the face of the lure.

Also, I plan to make some thru-wire topwater lures since I ordered way more wood than I should have. More to come...
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Sorry bout the rotated pics..damn iphone
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Wow, that's pretty good craftsmanship right there


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Damn those look great !!! Might have to dust off my lathe !
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I'll post some more details and get some better pics once I head back over to the shop later this week. Surprisingly easy to do with the proper tools and a short lesson on the lathe
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I'll trade wine for lathe lessons.


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I'll trade wine for lathe lessons.

I'm not the one to teach you, being I only have used a lathe for a few hours. I am proud to say I made all those on my own. My friend Jack just made sure I knew how to safely and properly operate all the tools, then let me have at it. I'll talk to him about possibly giving some lessons. Do you make your own wine? He is in the process of doing that and might trade lathe lessons for wine making lessons
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Had a little bit of free time today so I headed over to my friends house to mess around in the shop. So heres the basic tools Iíve been using. The two chisels on the right are what I mostly use. The rounded tip Iíve been using for the rough cut at slower speeds and the angled tip for finish work at higher speeds. The calipers are to help keep things in check. I am also using the band saw and belt sander once Iím done with the lathe.


Decided to try some different lures today, the first being a spook and the second a large popper. Both are thru-wire so they required a little more work by drilling a hole through the center of the block. The website I got the parts from sells pre-drilled wood blocks but I didnít think Iíd build any of theseÖnow I need more parts..



These pics show the basic process of how I built the popper. The blocks are 12Ē long and two sizes 2x2 and 1.5x1.5Ē. Iíve been cutting most in half at 6Ē. Didnít take a pic of the drilling process, which is a pain being the bits I have are too short to drill straight through. Iíll need to get a longer one before I do larger plugs. I also didnít show but I do the majority of sanding while still on the lathe.









I still need to trim the ends off and shape them, as well as drill holes for the hardware and weights. More of the process later this week.
« Last Edit: July 02, 2017, 05:29:49 PM by racer414 »
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Very cool!
plus, the white cedar smells really good when you are working with it.
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Those are awesome - thanks for the post and pics.  :smt001
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Nice work!

That first one looks a lot like an old Tomic salmon plug.

http://tomiclure.com/lures/



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