TV, eh? I live in Salem, but I think I'm too shy to be on TV.
I've included a link to a wooden lure making tutorial. This will give you general information in a step-by-step format with pictures. You could modify these instructions for balsa as follows:
- Use two pieces of balsa, each half as thick as you want your lure to be.
- Temporarily glue them together with something like kids' glue stick.
- Cut out the shape. You can use a utility knife or VERY fine blade coping saw.
- Round off the edges with sandpaper.
- Seperate the halves.
- Insert your pre-bent wire for the line tie, belly hook and tail hooks. Press this wire half way into the balsa. This centers the wire.
- Insert a little bit of lead weight above the belly hook. You can make a hollowed out area for the weight with a Dremel tool.
- Now permanently glue the halves together with epoxy. Fill or sand the edges as needed.
- Cut the slot for the lip. Make sure it is straight. Use Lexan for the lip. Plexiglass is too brittle and will break after just a couple casts.
- Primer the lure with white paint, but not the inside of the lip slot. Acrylics are nice and easy and inexpensive.
- Paint and decorate however you wish with acrylics.
- You can make a decent eye by making dots with two different sized nailhaeds dipped in paint. For example: a larger yellow dot, then a small black dot. Look at a Rapala or Bagley.
- Epoxy the lip into the slot.
- Apply a couple finishing coats of Spar Urethane, Polyurethane or epoxy.
- Let it dry, attach the hooks and go catch some fish.