Thanks to everyone who responded to this post. Here are a few pictures of the 1st attempt at a wooden lure.
Balsa wood for the body.
I used an old fat free shad for my template...(I've caught boat loads of bass on fat free shad baits)
. I whittled the basic shape with a Flexcut chip knife.
I haven't gotten the rough materials needed to make diving lips so I'm using a pre built diving lip from Netcraft.
The body has been sanded smooth and the diving lip slot is done (easier if its done before shaping the body).
I'm going to use a wood hardener on the raw blank before testing to determine the correct weight to add to the body. Once the wood is hardened I'll water test the body with the weight attached. If all goes well I'll drill the holes, re-harden the wood and glue the weight, tail hook hanger and diving lip in place. I'm planning on using Etex as a sealer before painting, then putting a shad pattern on the lure and follow that up with another coat of Etex.