A few more maple lures

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Project by McLeanVA posted 05-23-2014 01:32 PM 2272 views 7 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Just a few more topwater lures turned on the lathe out of maple spindle stock. Twin glass rattles added to the tail section and a lead belly weight added to help them sit right in the water and wake the fish up. Excited to toss them in the lake this weekend.

Hope they inspire you turners out there to turn a few.

-- Measure, cut, curse, repeat.

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#1 posted 05-23-2014 02:01 PM

Pretty cool. I love it when you get to mix 2 different hobbies. Did you spray paint the scales using window screen or cloth?

-- Groveland, CA.

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#2 posted 05-23-2014 02:13 PM

@calisdad – I airbrushed the lures. Yes, I used minnow netting as a mask to get the scale effect. Basically, you paint a dark base color. Let it dry and then wrap the lure in the netting and spray a lighter silver tone. After than you can add transparent colors on top. Then dark on top and white on belly.

-- Measure, cut, curse, repeat.

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#3 posted 05-23-2014 02:39 PM

Beautiful work, and although I’m a fly fisherman and tie my own flies, I can appreciate your love of fishing as reflected in your work. Outstanding!

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#4 posted 05-23-2014 03:06 PM

Beautiful lures! How about some pics or even a blog about the ‘making’ process!! Sure would be nice to make these with the fishing grand-kids or 4H campers!! Will you give us a little more info on how you add the rattles and belly weight please? Great job! You ought to slay the lake dwellers this weekend!

-- Dennis, WV

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#5 posted 05-23-2014 03:22 PM

Dennis – Let me try and put some time into a blog/video of the process.

In general, picture finishing the shape of the lure on the lathe. Then drilling all of the desired holes for weights, screw eyes, lure eyes, etc. Then after adding the weights and rattles, you fill the holes with epoxy. Once dry, you then turn/sand off the excess. Then epoxy the screw eyes in, paint as desired, and finish with a clear coat of epoxy.

More complex than that, but hoping that outlines the general process. Rattles aren’t necessary. Just adds a bit of noise to catch fish’s attention.

-- Measure, cut, curse, repeat.

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#6 posted 05-23-2014 03:29 PM

Nice job again McLean ! Beautiful finish.

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#7 posted 05-23-2014 05:34 PM

Thanks for the extra info! What are the ‘rattles’? Is that something you make or a commercial product? What do you use for the belly weights? Where do you get the eyes? Are these about 3” or so?

-- Dennis, WV

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#8 posted 05-23-2014 08:38 PM

Dennis, I purchased the rattles. Just small plastic tubes with small steel BBs inside. I am going to order some larger 7mm glass rattles next to see how they sound. I’m ultimately looking for a clacking sound vs. a clicking sound of that makes any sense.

Also toyed with the idea of hollowing out the back half of the lure and dropping two large steel bearings in there to take care of the weight and the clack in one fell swoop. I’m still having fun with the craft. No intent on mass production. I’ll let the giant factories/robots do that.

As for the belly weights, I just use a small plug of lead purchased online.

A great resource is

-- Measure, cut, curse, repeat.

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#9 posted 05-25-2014 01:17 AM

You have a wonderful gift for these

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

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#10 posted 05-25-2014 05:52 AM

Very Nice Work Indeed! Thanks For posting.

I Epoxy The Glass rattles to the underside of my Favorite Pike Lures. Williams Wabler and the Red Devil.

Also drilled for them in My All Time Favorite Top Water Bass Popper. HULA POPPER! !


-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#11 posted 05-27-2014 06:43 PM

Those will def catch some fish! Nicely done!!!

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#12 posted 06-03-2014 02:42 PM

Just a beautiful job- and that paint job, perfect!

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