23" jitterbug lure, wall hanger #4: Turning the lure body with a duplicator.

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Blog entry by grosa posted 09-10-2020 10:41 PM 536 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 3: Prepping the blank and making templates Part 4 of 23" jitterbug lure, wall hanger series Part 5: Cutting the aluminum bill. »

With the duplicator mounted on the front of the lath you mount the blank between centers with a face plate on a blank this big. The template go’s in the 1/4” slot in the front of the duplicator and tightened down with thumb screws on the bottom.

The duplicator has a stylus on one end to follow your template and a cutter on the other end that cuts your blank.

I set the depth of cut.

Make my first cut all the way across the blank to make sure i am parallel to the blank.

Next i start hogging out the wood with deep cuts. Because the blank is so big and i have a 2 hp motor on this lath i lower the speed to 300 rpm and i loosen the belt a little bit on the motor for safety. By loosening the belt, if the cutter bits to hard the belt will slip and the turning will stop instead of throwing the blank and breaking it off.

I am hogging off 1/2” at a time. Now i start hogging off wood on the other end.

This is what it looks like all roughed out.

I give it a smoothing pass with the duplicator to get rid of all the fuzz and start sanding. I start with 80 grit and go all the way to 150 grit.

The right side of the turning is the face of the lure.

-- Have a great day.

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#1 posted 09-10-2020 11:09 PM

Ya know, in four posts this is the first comment I think. Just wanted you to know that I make fishing lures and I’m following this. You’re gonna need to find some awfully big fish though ;-)

Thanks for posting the process….

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

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#2 posted 09-10-2020 11:18 PM

Craftsman on the lake, I have watched some of your videos and you belong to one of my lure painting groups on facebook. I guess people are waiting to see how it turns out before commenting. Thanks for your comment and interest.

-- Have a great day.

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