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Blog entry by Craftsman on the lake posted 01-13-2020 04:06 AM 669 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Not worthy of the project area but I thought some might be interested. I make fishing lures and currently epoxy coat them when I’m done. There is a coating called alumi-UV that you coat a lure with then cure it for about 30 minutes under UV light that I’ve wanted to try. There is another brand called Solarez. It’s a lot like the UV light wands they use in dentists offices when they patch a tooth.

I suppose it could be used on other things like maybe turned items like pens. I don’t know but I built the device and thought I’d share that build here. Nothing fancy, just functional.

The video is available on Youtube here.
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-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.



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#1 posted 01-14-2020 04:18 AM

Well done! I’m just starting to get some experience with epoxy applications on woodworking projects, and I knew very little about UV curing. I never would have thought about salon nail curing devices! Very clever solution to a problem!! I wonder if your lures have ever been trolled over that 60-foot deep honey hole on your side of the lake!
I’ve been using Eco-poxy, but I think I’ll try a UV curable mixture on a future project. I’m also looking for a product called ‘Alumilite’ which is a 1:1 mix cure. This is going to be the wave of the future for woodworking projects!

Thanks for posting!

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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#2 posted 01-14-2020 04:27 AM



Well done! I m just starting to get some experience with epoxy applications on woodworking projects, and I knew very little about UV curing. I never would have thought about salon nail curing devices! Very clever solution to a problem!! I wonder if your lures have ever been trolled over that 60-foot deep honey hole on your side of the lake!
I ve been using Eco-poxy, but I think I ll try a UV curable mixture on a future project. I m also looking for a product called Alumilite which is a 1:1 mix cure. This is going to be the wave of the future for woodworking projects!

Thanks for posting!

- poopiekat

I use a 1 to 1 epoxy now. It’s very good. I just thought I’d try The UV thing. It’s supposed to be very hard and durable and of course quick. And, well, it’s just sort of cool.
The Alumi UV is out of stock for at least two months right now so I can’t get any but there is a Chinese product that, tested online, seems to be just as good. It’s also half the price. I ordered a small bottle on Amazon. I’ve got a couple of lures ready to paint, and I’ll be using it and my lights for the first time this week.

The lures with sealer on them drying.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#3 posted 01-14-2020 02:02 PM

Very cool, always fun to try new stuff, keep them coming.

-- Bob in Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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#4 posted 01-14-2020 05:00 PM

I use those lights for my copper etching. The UV light exposes the pattern and hardens the etching mask. I like your setup for the full 360 degree exposure! Sure beats waiting for things to air dry!

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#5 posted 01-14-2020 05:52 PM

That’s a very clever build Dan…. your lures look really nice…. when’s the fish fry?

-- Matt -- I yam what I yam and that's all what I yam

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#6 posted 01-15-2020 02:50 AM



That s a very clever build Dan…. your lures look really nice…. when s the fish fry?

- Mainiac Matt

When the ice melts!

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#7 posted 01-16-2020 08:52 PM


That s a very clever build Dan…. your lures look really nice…. when s the fish fry?

- Mainiac Matt

When the ice melts!

- Craftsman on the lake

As I recall, Mousam Lake restricts ice fishing traps to two per person. Most other lakes in Maine have a limit of 5 traps per person.

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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#8 posted 01-16-2020 09:16 PM

That s a very clever build Dan…. your lures look really nice…. when s the fish fry?

- Mainiac Matt

When the ice melts!

- Craftsman on the lake

As I recall, Mousam Lake restricts ice fishing traps to two per person. Most other lakes in Maine have a limit of 5 traps per person.

- poopiekat


Yup, I believe so. I live on Mousam but don’t ice fish. I think it might have to do with all the fall stocking they do.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#9 posted 01-17-2020 03:26 PM

Yup, I believe so. I live on Mousam but don t ice fish. I think it might have to do with all the fall stocking they do.

- Craftsman on the lake

What? Not into frost bite
:^p

I grew up in Michigan and have ice fished a grand total of two times in my life…. way too cold.

And hanging out in the heated hut drinking beer doesn’t count.

-- Matt -- I yam what I yam and that's all what I yam

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#10 posted 01-17-2020 05:43 PM


Yup, I believe so. I live on Mousam but don t ice fish. I think it might have to do with all the fall stocking they do.

- Craftsman on the lake

What? Not into frost bite
:^p

I grew up in Michigan and have ice fished a grand total of two times in my life…. way too cold.

And hanging out in the heated hut drinking beer doesn t count.

- Mainiac Matt

Years ago you could ice skate while fishing, now it gives you too much of an advantage so if you’re the one with the traps you can’t be on skates. And besides, pulling a fish out of a hole in the ice on a string never appealed to me much. I have ice fished but beyond the skating and the hotdogs over a wood flame in a 5 gallon bucket… not much interest.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#11 posted 01-19-2020 01:14 AM

I finished a couple of lures today and used the UV curing tank with them. Hard as a rock in 20 minutes. So good I decided to put two coats on. Much cooler than I expected. They’re the same ones pictured unfinished a few frames above.
A Youtube video of their making and curing in the UV tank.
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-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#12 posted 01-19-2020 10:14 PM

Great video of the build, thank you for sharing this idea

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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