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Old 12-22-2004, 08:09 PM   #31
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PM. The lathe is turned on to drill. Prehaps this will help:

Center drilling on the lathe. After you mark the front of the plug, mount it on the lathe with the drill bit dead center of the mark you placed on the front. The tail will be alined with the tail stock:
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Old 12-22-2004, 08:15 PM   #32
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center drilling

2. Make sure the drill bit is secure in the plug, then turn the lathe on and slowly crank the handle to move the drill into the plug. Note, the plug is turning, the drill bit is stationary:
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Old 12-22-2004, 08:17 PM   #33
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center drilling

3: once the bit is in as far as it will go, turn off lathe and remove plug from the drill bit. Flip plug over and drill from the tail of the plug:
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Old 12-22-2004, 08:19 PM   #34
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center drilling

4: once you have drilled on the lathe from both ends, remove the plug and complete the hole using a long bit in a hand drill:
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Old 12-22-2004, 08:21 PM   #35
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center drilling

I'll do the same thing with the long bit, drill from both ends until the holes meet. The main thing to watch when you mount the plug on the lathe is that the place you want the hole to start should be dead center on the spur and dead center on the drill bit. This goes for center drilled, and off center drilled plugs. Hope that clears it up.

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Old 12-22-2004, 08:26 PM   #36
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Jigs, have you tried it the other way around with the drill spinning and the plug still?
It may be safer that way.
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Old 12-22-2004, 09:04 PM   #37
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what a great how-to!
when you drill the hook and weight holes, you hold the plug with just one finger?
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Old 12-22-2004, 09:13 PM   #38
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Old 12-22-2004, 09:38 PM   #39
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Thanks Jigman, very informative. JohnR: Maybe make this one a sticky for a while, its a great starter course.

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Old 12-22-2004, 11:23 PM   #40
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Slip, have not tried it the other way around. Done several hundred plugs this way with no problems.

Young Salt, I usually use all fingers to hold the plug steady. The drill is turned off for the photo. Just used one finger so more of the jig would show in the photo.

Ratty, good to be back. It was starting to get cold where I was. No time for fishing up there either Hopefully some next week

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Old 12-23-2004, 08:16 AM   #41
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Hi Jigman! Great thread, good job!
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Old 12-23-2004, 10:30 AM   #42
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Excellent How to thank you for the present. can you share you lead molding jig secrets too?

Hoho, it's off to the lathe we go!!
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Old 12-23-2004, 10:58 AM   #43
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Jigman, I can see it becoming a problem with that plug spinning off center wobbling around, good way to break a drill bit or bend it or worse, it could fly off there easily. Maybe you drill slow enough where it isn't any problem for you but I know others could have an accident doing it that way.
It is 10 times safer to put the drill chuck in the motor end of the lathe. Just trying to help like you are with this tutorial. Thanks
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Old 12-23-2004, 01:54 PM   #44
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Thanks Slip! Always good to hear other ways of doing things. I'll probably turn some stuff later. Will give your way a shot.

Striperman36, be happy to share some jig making info. If you have some questions in mind, start a thread. I'm sure there are a few others here who could give some good pointers too.

Adam. Nice photo on the front page

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Old 12-23-2004, 04:11 PM   #45
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I was shown to put the drill chuck in the head stock. Put a drive spur in the tail stock. Put the plug against the drive spur and bring the tail stock(plug) forward to engage the drill. With the tightening lever of the tailstock lightly snugged (to align the unit) you can actually push the plug onto the turning drill.
IMHO it's a much safer method. Also with the drill turning there is less tendancey for the drill to "walk off"
BTW; we were using a long drill in from each end. The entire though hole took a matter of less than a minute.

BTW; With the plug not turning there is no wobble with off center drilling! As Slip mentioned.
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Old 12-23-2004, 04:53 PM   #46
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Thanks Jigman, very informative. JohnR: Maybe make this one a sticky for a while, its a great starter course.
What if we made this the start of our favorite Plug How-To subsection here in the plug forum? If that's OK with all of you and, of course, Jig Man. Very cool thread.

We can grab a few other ultra-informative threads and put them in the same place?

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Old 12-23-2004, 06:53 PM   #47
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JohnR, feel free to use this thread on the site any way you like. May be the thing to do would be sticky a thread with links to how to info. Been plenty of good stuff lately that could be in there. A great resource for many of us. I hope to be up that way fall 2005. I'll let you know in advance. If you ask nice, I might even let you go fishing in my plug bag too

Thanks Charleston. Sounds like I need to rethink my center drilling method some. Good thing I posted this

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Old 01-03-2005, 08:52 PM   #48
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Old 02-02-2005, 10:06 AM   #49
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Thanks alot for sharing jigman...good stuff
Very good stuff!!!!!
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Old 02-15-2005, 08:43 AM   #50
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most informative thread I have read so far!!! I'm just getting started in this and learned more from this thread than you can imagine! With the info here, even a novice like myself can get everything lined up right the first time. Thanks so much!

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Old 04-14-2007, 09:23 AM   #51
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BTT - gonna make this one another Jiggy article

(btw - jigman - that thing we were talking about before the thing blew up i have thoughts on how to do a new thing )

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John, if you make this an article, you might drop the thru-drill section. Since putting this up I do like Slip suggests: put the drill in the head stock and the plug in the tail stock. I believe he is right, its easier and safer that way. I'll see if I can take a few photos next time I drill one and we can replace that section.

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John, if you make this an article, you might drop the thru-drill section. Since putting this up I do like Slip suggests: put the drill in the head stock and the plug in the tail stock. I believe he is right, its easier and safer that way. I'll see if I can take a few photos next time I drill one and we can replace that section.

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Got it - thanks!

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Old 04-15-2007, 09:19 AM   #54
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OK - thanks again to Jigman for the great How-To - This will go a long way to helping folks get started...

I now have this up on the articles section for Jiggicle #2

http://www.striped-bass.com/fishing/...-building.html

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I just reread this again. Good info and some good stupid questions by me.

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Looks good John

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Of course, you're up on everyone else so maybe this will inspire and inspiring Plug article from one of the brethren

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Great looking lures!! What are you using for the final clearcoat?
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Old 04-29-2008, 11:18 AM   #59
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Great looking lures!! What are you using for the final clearcoat?
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Been a while since I did those and don't remember off hand what I used for the clear. There are plenty of choices. A search on the Plug Building Forum will give you a bunch of things to try out.

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Old 11-11-2008, 07:02 PM   #60
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can you do this all without a lathe?
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