23" jitterbug lure, wall hanger #10: Making the eyeballs.

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Blog entry by grosa posted 10-13-2020 12:41 AM 594 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Here is a picture of me holding the lure so you guys get an idea how big this jitterbug lure is.

Making the eyeball i took some scrap Beech wood, squared it up and put it on the lath. Turned it to 2” diameter.

Next i need to make a jig to hold the router over this turning. I start with some plywood cut roughly to size. A bottom
and two sides. The bottom i mark out a square to fit the turning base.

Next i cut out the square on the scroll saw.

Check the fit.

Next i cut the base to size.

Then i screw on the sides an cut them to size.

I put the turning into the base and screw it to the bench from underneath and i also screw down the jig.

Next i cut a top to support the router. I center the top on the base.

I mark out a 7 1/4” circle and cut it out on the scroll saw.

I screw the top to the sides.

Next i set up the router. I will be using a thumb nail router bit. Normally used for table edges.

I will be mounting it on this big guy.

I need to climb cut so the bit won’t grab the turning. This is a 12 year old bit so there will be some burning and i am taking my time.

Next i need to cut the eyeball off the turning. I do this on the table saw. Added a shim near the blade for support and held it TIGHT to the fence.

The results and there all uniform.

This is what it looks like on the lure. It gets glued on with CA glue.

I smooth the edges with some filler.

After sanding.

-- Have a great day.

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#1 posted 10-13-2020 03:06 AM

Cool process. Wondering how you’re going to finish them, paint? something vitreous?

-- 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 10-13-2020 04:10 AM

Cool process. Wondering how you re going to finish them, paint? something vitreous?

- Craftsman on the lake

They get painted black.

-- Have a great day.

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