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#11857077 - 09/30/16 09:13 AM Tools for making wooden lures
Bois d'arc Offline
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Recently started getting into making wooden lures. Seems like getting the right tools might be a good starting point so I ordered a set of chip knives and chisels. Wire bending pliers are part of my spinnerbait building toolset so thru-wire forming is no problem. I have a nice scroll saw and a razor saw for cutting forms. What else is necessary? Any help is appreciated.

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#11868105 - 10/06/16 04:00 PM Re: Tools for making wooden lures [Re: Bois d'arc]
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So nobody on this forum makes any wooden lures??

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#11868301 - 10/06/16 05:20 PM Re: Tools for making wooden lures [Re: Bois d'arc]
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I make my own wood lures. Seems like you have a good list going. It's a lot of work but I enjoy it. Don't forget sandpaper...

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#11868302 - 10/06/16 05:20 PM Re: Tools for making wooden lures [Re: Bois d'arc]
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For crankbaits, I just use a scroll saw, sandpaper, files, and a pocket knife. I use a drill for adding weight, and I have a drillpress for that. For a lot of other type baits you can of course use a large, for things like topwaters.

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#11868852 - 10/07/16 07:54 AM Re: Tools for making wooden lures [Re: Bois d'arc]
Bois d'arc Offline
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Thanks for the responses....sandpaper hammer

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#11869084 - 10/07/16 09:55 AM Re: Tools for making wooden lures [Re: Bois d'arc]
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Originally Posted By: Bois d'arc
Thanks for the responses....sandpaper hammer


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#11886873 - 10/18/16 09:43 AM Re: Tools for making wooden lures [Re: Bois d'arc]
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A forstner bit for the eyes and a 4 way file. I also use a mini hand drill to pilot my holes, don't have a press and don't trust myself with a cordless drill.


Edited by Tree_Fish (10/18/16 09:43 AM)
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#11890480 - 10/20/16 09:44 AM Re: Tools for making wooden lures [Re: Tree_Fish]
Bois d'arc Offline
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Originally Posted By: Tree_Fish
A forstner bit for the eyes...a mini hand drill to pilot my holes

good idea, thanks Tree_fish

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#11956844 - 11/29/16 12:49 PM Re: Tools for making wooden lures [Re: Bois d'arc]
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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.

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#11956867 - 11/29/16 01:10 PM Re: Tools for making wooden lures [Re: Bois d'arc]
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Good Job! ...1st cast will get hung on some old braid buried in a brush pile!

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#11956921 - 11/29/16 01:51 PM Re: Tools for making wooden lures [Re: Bois d'arc]
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Do you just eyeball the symmetry?
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#11957257 - 11/29/16 04:48 PM Re: Tools for making wooden lures [Re: Bois d'arc]
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dr. bois you are one talented dude!! flehan
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#11958204 - 11/30/16 07:58 AM Re: Tools for making wooden lures [Re: swalker9513]
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Originally Posted By: swalker9513
Do you just eyeball the symmetry?


I outlined the template lure, using a pencil, directly on the balsa. From there on its just chipping and sanding. I use a pair of calipers to help stay close to the shape of the template.

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#11958236 - 11/30/16 08:13 AM Re: Tools for making wooden lures [Re: Bois d'arc]
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Awesome!
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#11958245 - 11/30/16 08:18 AM Re: Tools for making wooden lures [Re: Bois d'arc]
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Wow. This is impressive.
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#11974349 - 12/08/16 08:58 PM Re: Tools for making wooden lures [Re: Bois d'arc]
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I use a bench grinder to get my shapes and fine tune it with files and sand paper.

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#11974643 - 12/09/16 07:07 AM Re: Tools for making wooden lures [Re: Chuck72]
Bois d'arc Offline
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Originally Posted By: Chuck72
I use a bench grinder to get my shapes and fine tune it with files and sand paper.

What type of wheel stone do you use for wood as soft as balsa?

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#11974704 - 12/09/16 07:45 AM Re: Tools for making wooden lures [Re: Bois d'arc]
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Two vibrating lures and a deep diver weighted and cleared with e-tex. The diving lure weighs 17 grams and the vibrating lures 7 and 10 grams each. Next step is a light sanding and then paint. I'm not sure what patterns to put on them? Thinking one of my most productive shad patterns but, still open to suggestions. All three will have triple grip hooks and stainless split rings attached when they're done.

It took a while to get the lures balanced properly. The balsa diving lure sits nose down in the water just like the factory Fat Free shad. Since its balsa wood I expect it to have a lively action down to about 10-12 foot. The vibrating lures are silent, no rattles, the thinner one slowly sinks nose down and the thicker one suspends at about 18 inches deep. I intend to use them when the bass are skittish from fishing pressure or when they run away from plastic rattling baits...which happens more than you'd think. Next lure will be a smaller version of the Fat Free shad that runs at about 6-8 foot and maybe a flat sided squarebill with a circuit board bib. Merry Christmas to all.

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#11974709 - 12/09/16 07:47 AM Re: Tools for making wooden lures [Re: Bois d'arc]
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Originally Posted By: Bois d'arc
What type of wheel stone do you use for wood as soft as balsa?

I don't use a lot of Balsa when I am making my own. I usually run a Medium grit around 60. I would imagine that a 150 would handle Balsa but again I haven't tried it.

I have a habit of cutting off some limbs from an Oak or Mesquite tree and using it to make lures. I also use Dowel rods to make mold masters for soft plastics.


Edited by Chuck72 (12/09/16 07:56 AM)

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#11987831 - 12/16/16 12:49 PM Re: Tools for making wooden lures [Re: Bois d'arc]
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First try at handmade balsa lures on the right, hard plastic DDRT 2.5 on the left. Painted but not epoxy clear coated. Before painting and after sealing the balsa lures I took them to a local pond and tested them...they worked as intended...the action was pretty good on all three. Beginners luck, I guess?

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#11989009 - 12/17/16 06:11 AM Re: Tools for making wooden lures [Re: Bois d'arc]
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stellar work dr. bois!! can't wait to see the lipless after they're cleared.
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#11989289 - 12/17/16 09:18 AM Re: Tools for making wooden lures [Re: basscat dad]
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Originally Posted By: basscat dad
stellar work dr. bois!! can't wait to see the lipless after they're cleared.


Thanks BC. I sprayed holographic glitter over the back of the lures and it really makes them pop. The pictures don't show it but the color above the lateral line shifts as the bait moves past your line of sight...sort of a blueish/silver to silver back to blueish/silver. Anyway, I cleared all three with 2-part epoxy and let them spin for a few hours. When I went back to check on them the eyes had moved and weren't level in the sockets bang. I used an Xacto knife to get them out without damaging the paint and plan on reattaching and reclearing them today. I'll try to post a few pics after they're done.

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#11990156 - 12/17/16 07:09 PM Re: Tools for making wooden lures [Re: Bois d'arc]
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i've gotten into the habit of always putting the tiniest drop of superglue in the eye sockets before i attach the eyes. just don't trust that sticky backing.
i can't wait to see these new balsa creations in person. you're taking this bait stuff to an art form. i better step up my game. been working on a couple other projects in a completely different genre. almost finished with this one.
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#11992908 - 12/19/16 08:37 AM Re: Tools for making wooden lures [Re: Bois d'arc]
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Beautiful wood on the guitar body. What is it? Old school record player and some vinyl in the background...nice.

I used a forstner bit to cut the eye sockets into the balsa. Normally I use superglue to hold lure eyes in place, too. The adhesive that comes on them isn't always reliable. In this case I got in a hurry and forgot the superglue.

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#11993753 - 12/19/16 04:51 PM Re: Tools for making wooden lures [Re: Bois d'arc]
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it's a mahogany body with a book-matched quilted maple veneer. yep still have the old faithful component stereo system and vinyl albums. nothing like the sound of the old analog recordings.
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#11994783 - 12/20/16 10:03 AM Re: Tools for making wooden lures [Re: Bois d'arc]
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Tools...tools...more tools. Everything a person needs to make wooden lures...so far.


Drew all my wooden lure templates on graph paper...measurements, weights, everything I can think of. Think I'll start on the jigs for each of them pretty soon. Awesome YouTube videos on building wooden lures...talented folks out there.

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#12007188 - 12/28/16 09:53 AM Re: Tools for making wooden lures [Re: Bois d'arc]
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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. thumb**

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#12010722 - 12/30/16 09:13 AM Re: Tools for making wooden lures [Re: Bois d'arc]
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This fat baby should get deep. Body, diving bib, and anchors all hand made. Lurepartsonline makes a neat little tool for twisting hanger wire easily.

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#12010765 - 12/30/16 09:41 AM Re: Tools for making wooden lures [Re: Bois d'arc]
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"This fat baby should get deep. Body, diving bib, and anchors all hand made. Lurepartsonline makes a neat little tool for twisting hanger wire easily." Which tool are you taking? That fat baby should get down there. Ole

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#12012435 - 12/31/16 08:46 AM Re: Tools for making wooden lures [Re: Bois d'arc]
Bois d'arc Offline
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On the Lurepartsonline site Google "wire forming tools"....there's several models...think its called a kwik twist tool.

Do any of the very helpful luresmiths on this site who might read this post...know where to find various grades of balsa wood in or around Texas?? There's gotta be a place somewhere.

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#12038656 - 01/14/17 02:27 AM Re: Tools for making wooden lures [Re: Bois d'arc]
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RC airplane hobby shops should have it

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