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I have been looking through all of these awesome lures you guys have made for a while. This winter I was planning on TRYING to start doing some myself. I had some money saved up (I'm 17) and was going to ask you guys what a beginner should buy to get started. I no longer have that money......but I am now an owner of a nice bow :D. I am going to try and save up again, so if I can get some replies on what I should start looking at buying that would help a lot. I don't mind hand painting with a brush, which I would probably prefer since I can't afford an airbrush and all the fancy paint. Any help appreciated. Thanks in advance.
 

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What kinds of lures are you wanting to make? Crankbaits, jigs, bucktails?

I'm going to assume you are talking about building wooden lures. I use a band saw, router table, disc sander, and hand drill. You can save yourself some $$$ by buying this equipment used. You'll also need a lure turner, and an airbrush and compressor to paint. You're looking at several hundered to get started. Ask for money for your birthday, Christmas, and graduation (since you're 17 I assume you're close!). Go to public sales in your area, you might be able to find some nice wood working equipment for cheap.

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What kinds of lures are you wanting to make? Crankbaits, jigs, bucktails?

I'm going to assume you are talking about building wooden lures. I use a band saw, router table, disc sander, and hand drill. You can save yourself some $$$ by buying this equipment used. You'll also need a lure turner, and an airbrush and compressor to paint. You're looking at several hundered to get started. Ask for money for your birthday, Christmas, and graduation (since you're 17 I assume you're close!). Go to public sales in your area, you might be able to find some nice wood working equipment for cheap.

jeremy
Ok thanks. Yes I was talking about wooden lures. Thanks for the info.
 

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If you lack the usual tools, you might start by using balsa so that you can carve the basic shape of the bait with a sharp knife.
 

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If you lack the usual tools, you might start by using balsa so that you can carve the basic shape of the bait with a sharp knife.
Thanks a lot. Hadn't thought of that before. What's a good cheap clear coat? Can I use clear nail polish?
 

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Ok, I'm going to have to try it I guess. Thanks.
I'm in woodshop/construction tech. at school so hopefully when I have my work done I can make some on the lathe.
 

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Had some free time to carve out a couple. Carved them out on the band saw and sanded them up on a spindle sander. Used some scrap wood which I believe is poplar. Is this a good wood to use for lures? I really had fun carving and sanding the bodies up. Drew out how I plan on painting them. I'm planning on drilling a whole or two in each through the body and adding a split shot to them. not sure how much weight is too much weight, I'm very amateur at this, haha.
The top, the jerkbait, is 4 1/4" x 5/8" and the crankbait is 3" x 5/8". Can I get some advice of how much weight to add? Any help is greatly appreciated.
Also, I don't plan on adding hooks the traditional way with two sets of trebles hanging from the bottom (The places I fish are really weedy). I plan on adding one straight shank hook to the top in a groove with a weed guard of some sort.
I did these rather quickly so I didn't round them off as MUCH as I would of liked. The top, bottom and sides are kind of flat. Hoping this won't hurt the action on them. In the shop we have 2 bench saws, 2 miter saws, 3 bandsaws, a spindle sander, drill presses, routers, a lathe or 2, pretty much anything you would find in a typical highschool shop class. Any thoughts? Thanks.
 
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