I will be trying to make a jointed crankbait one of these days. My only real goal is that the joint area does not take up a lot of room. I don't want jointed rapala sized gaps. Ultimately I want to make smallish 3-4" tri-segmented cranks that have a very fluid motion when viewed from above. I've seen one too many youtube videos of homemade multi-segmented swimbaits cast and retrieved into a swimming pool and they look sweet! One of the reasons they look so fluid (in addition to the numerous segments) is bc there isn't a large gap in the joints. Simply stated, I want my baits to look like a snake swimming when viewed from above. Fluuuuid motion. I will begin with a jointed crank and then get into the tri-segmented. So heres my plan. First I will make the joint and then glue it into each of the two "halves" of the bait. I am starting with basswood blanks that are 2.5" long and 3/8" thick. I will first sand and file to shape then cut in half. Then I will drill holes slightly larger than 1/4" into each half where the dowel joint will be glued in. The joint. Get two segments of 1/4" diameter dowel. Each will probably be about 1/2" length or so. The back one will probably be slightly shorter bc there won't be much room to work with. Then I will probably cut slits on opposite sides of each dowell. The slits will be where the wire sits and will be cut just deep enough so that the wire will fit in but that shrink wrap will still snug up against the wire. My guess is that the shrink wrap is not even necessary so maybe I won't even use it. Then glue the wire in the slits with super glue (and shrink wrap over if I decide to use it). At the ends of the dowel rod I will bend the wire in so that the actual joint is smaller than 1/4". Then I just glue the joint into the two halves making sure that it is in plenty deep. Do you think this will work? And what is a good approach to painting a jointed crankbait with a small gap? Should I paint/clearcoat the entire thing at the end? Or do one half first (including epoxy) and then paint and finish the other half? Thanks for any advice- I think this will be quite a challenge.