If you're willing to put in the time wooden lures are a great choice for creating a bait that has exactly the action you want in any paint pattern you want. Awesome hobby!
....if you plan to use your band saw for cutting out your lures it works best if you use a smaller width blade...1/8 or even a 3/16 allows for cutting much more precise shapes. Also, I've found that drill bits with a brad point made for wood working seem to be much better when putting weight and hook hanger holes exactly where you want them.
Anybody know where to get medium density balsa wood in small quantity?? Just a few board foot.
**Got some great responses back from HS bass clubs for the custom painted plastic lure donations. Thanks to those who helped make it happen.