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Well, I made my second crankbait. I posted the first and it came out pretty good but I messed up on the epoxy mix and it never dried and probably never will. So, I decided to remake it. this time measuring the epoxy correctly. Yes it hardened and yes I took a couple of casts and it wobbles and tracks really nicely in the water. It’s cold here now though. I will have to wait till spring to fish with it. Now that I have all the stuff needed to make them, I’m ready to make more. This second one took about two 3 hr sessions to make from pine board to finish, not counting the epoxy drying time. The airbrush is tricky but this was my second time using one and it felt a lot more comfortable this time around.

For anyone wanting to gear up to making one of these for the first time, I spent a ton of time researching this and have links in the” video below to my Youtube channel that is six parts with way to much detail and with a web site of materials. I was a teacher all my life. Teacher mode never leaves you unfortunately. Someone asked what the silver specs are in the finish. It’s glitter added to the epoxy top coat. It would make a great Christmas tree ornament

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





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jbmaine

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#1 posted 11-23-2019 09:43 PM

That looks amazing. Way to go!!!!!!!

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#2 posted 11-23-2019 10:02 PM


That looks amazing. Way to go!!!!!!!

- jbmaine

I forgot the video link… I’ve just added it.

Thanks Jim. Ya, actually the first one’s paint job, I think was better. At least this one is hardening though. It works really good in the water. The over sized chubbiness makes it have a deep wobble in the water. I’ll make a few more this winter. Good way to keep busy. I’m thinking it will feel good making one in my heated shop during a blizzard. I’m weird that way.
I’m going to try the UV hardener too. I’ll make a UV light box ganging two finger nail dryers together. I’m thinking it will work. I’m hoping it will work. I’ll find out right?

Called in to jury duty in Early Jan… $15/day. I’m gonna get rich.

-- 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 11-23-2019 10:38 PM

Great work.

If you want to get some research, you can send me a few and my youngest son will test them on Oregon bass!

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#4 posted 11-23-2019 10:53 PM



Great work.

If you want to get some research, you can send me a few and my youngest son will test them on Oregon bass!

- ralbuck

Ha! after making them I’m afraid to take a cast. The time I tried this one I cast along the shore in case something happened I could walk out and get it. After I’ve made a few and realize I can just make another one, I’ll probably be more confident. Till then…..

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

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#5 posted 11-23-2019 11:04 PM

Daniel,

When I was still living in Wilmington, NC I tried cutting bait blanks on my CNC for a bait guy (Richard Angel) out of balsa wood but the wood was so soft that it tended to fuzz and didn’t really work too well.

I see he’s now in Texas and selling baits on Ebay…
https://www.ebay.com/itm/R-J-A-Custom-Crankbaits-Ernie-Custom-Balsa-Squarebill-Smoke-Shad-Color-/183795430335

Yours look very nice! I will be checking out the video! Good luck on your enterprise!

-- Mike, A Yooper with a drawl, http://www.artcentergraphics.com

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#6 posted 11-23-2019 11:21 PM


Daniel,

When I was still living in Wilmington, NC I tried cutting bait blanks on my CNC for a bait guy (Richard Angel) out of balsa wood but the wood was so soft that it tended to fuzz and didn t really work too well.

I see he s now in Texas and selling baits on Ebay…
https://www.ebay.com/itm/R-J-A-Custom-Crankbaits-Ernie-Custom-Balsa-Squarebill-Smoke-Shad-Color-/183795430335

Yours look very nice! I will be checking out the video! Good luck on your enterprise!

- mikeacg

his look good for a mass produced bait. I can’t get over the forward facing crossed eyes though….Their are lots of plastic bait blanks around now and most people make baits using them. They’re pretty inexpensive. The fun is in the carving though. I used pine. Soft enough but not too soft. Hardwood is harder to work with and it’s tends to be denser/heavier.

-- 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 11-24-2019 03:33 AM

That on really fine looking plug. I’d give it a go!

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#8 posted 11-24-2019 01:31 PM

Very ncely done..

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#9 posted 11-24-2019 07:56 PM

Nice job, especially only using an airbrush a couple of times. The lure looks great and for what it is worth, I use Alumi-UV on some of the rings I make and I cure it just like you said. I got these 2 units from eBay and they were really cheap. It takes about a half hour to be completely dry and become almost indestructible.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OavCzT6ZRik

-- John D, OP, KS

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#10 posted 11-24-2019 09:51 PM



Nice job, especially only using an airbrush a couple of times. The lure looks great and for what it is worth, I use Alumi-UV on some of the rings I make and I cure it just like you said. I got these 2 units from eBay and they were really cheap. It takes about a half hour to be completely dry and become almost indestructible.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OavCzT6ZRik

I see what you’ve done here. That’s exactly what’s been on my mind today. In fact the same thing. How’s the drying time?

- awsum55


-- 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 11-25-2019 07:48 PM

I leave them in for about 30 minutes to make sure they are completely dry. If you cure it out in the sun it will cure much faster.

-- John D, OP, KS

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#12 posted 12-04-2019 03:49 AM

The crank turned out nice. Making cranks can become addicting and if not careful you spend more time building baits than fishing baits. Once you get your templates down and processes set up it speeds up.

Wood cranks are much more enjoyable to make in my opinion than others. I went through a spell of casting a lot of cranks with 16 lb density foam before moving back to wood. I mainly use basswood but use some cedar, paulowina, aspen, and balsa.

Are you planning on using Solarez for your topcoat?

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#13 posted 12-04-2019 05:26 AM



The crank turned out nice. Making cranks can become addicting and if not careful you spend more time building baits than fishing baits. Once you get your templates down and processes set up it speeds up.

Wood cranks are much more enjoyable to make in my opinion than others. I went through a spell of casting a lot of cranks with 16 lb density foam before moving back to wood. I mainly use basswood but use some cedar, paulowina, aspen, and balsa.

Are you planning on using Solarez for your topcoat?

- TravisH

Thanks,
Right now the topcoat is two part epoxy. You know the stuff in bottles you mix 1:1 by volume. I do plan on getting some AlumiUV and a UV light. That will be another shop project to make. I’ve seen it used online and it’s pretty popular. It doesn’t set as fast as Solarez but I guess it’s very leveling and as I understand it, doesn’t stink like Solarez does.
I’m in the middle of making my third lure now. It will be posted eventually. It’s a deep diver, with my first through wire and gill carving.

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

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#14 posted 12-06-2019 05:10 AM

I haven’t used AlumiUV. I did use Solarez briefly on some lures just didn’t like it. Over the years still keep falling back to Devcon epoxy.

Epoxy slower but mainly end up doing small batches of 6 to 12 lures. Over that and something like Dick Nites or KBS Diamond coat become much quicker. Automotive clears also great but just not as friendly to use.

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