Okay all you pro crank builders, how do you determine where and how much weight to place in a crank bait? I rough cut 8 baits yesterday and I need to add weight (and will substitute/add rattle tubes in two). What things should I consider before adding weight? Two baits are large shad style baits for musky made with cedar and two smaller versions made with poplar. I also made four minnow baits (Reef Runner style), two with poplar and two with balsa (rattles for these 2). If I guess at the weight, do I do a float test first with no lip or hooks? Will those two components change the attitude of the bait if added later rather than tested with them attached? Should I seal the baits with a sanding sealer prior to a tank test or will they dry without worry? What affect will three coats of epoxy have on bouyancy...I assume it will add a little? If I need to add additional weight after the fact, what is the best way to do this...drill out and start over? I understand how to drill, glue and seal...I am more concerned with placement and how to determine how much weight. My initial thought is to acheive upright bouyancy and maybe even neutral for the musky baits...I realize there are several questions asked but any thoughts, tips or recommendations to point me in the right direction is greatly appreciated. And one last comment on my thoughts at this point of my newest obsession (lure building): Reflecting back on my weekend spent building a drying wheel, gathering specialty finishing goodies, placing a $100 order for components from Rollie & Helen, cutting these 8 lure bodies and now asking all of these questions, I can't help but recall a quote from a very early post in this forum (paraphrased): "...soon you will be the guy covered in sawdust checking out the tool section of the local hardware store....be very, very careful, this stuff is addicting" Well, I can't think of any truer words spoken!! Thanks Vince!