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Journey into Woodturning #53: Fishing Lure

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Blog entry by MovingChips posted 04-21-2021 12:16 PM 680 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I wasn’t going to post this week, because the end product was made out of acrylic. Then I thought about the failures I had in the wood and realized this is still apart of my journey into woodturning that should be shared. You tell me, am I wrong?

I have had this project of turning a fishing lure on my “to do” list for a very long time. With spring upon us and warmer weather, my mind has turned to fishing. Although I believe I had a decent concept in mind, it did not turn out the way I envisioned.

The practice run with the pine proved that I need more time at working on off center turning. Then again, maybe it was the black walnut that confirmed it. Either way I ditched the off-center turning idea and went for a more traditional long tear drop look.

This was the first time I put acrylic on the lathe. It did not take long for me to realize the string like stuff coming off and getting wrapped around itself was not fun. I kept having to stop and clear what I could. Eventually, when it got bad, I stopped cutting and used the scrapping side tool action to force the tangled rats nest off the lathe.

The end result though is fantastic. The shine is great and the CA glue finish was prefect. However, I had to drill and glue eyelets and the dive plane. The epoxy from the gluing in each piece had a little “over glue”, which smeared the surface. There was a little bit of shine lost, but it still looks great.

Regardless of the not so great final finish, this was the first time turning or making a lure (that wasn’t a fly). So I am very proud of what I accomplished. I think it looks great, even if it wasn’t made from wood.

Here is this weeks video: Turning a Fishing Lure

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