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Old 04-10-2022, 10:03 PM   #1
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2022 - Sunday Plug Talk

What’s cooking? Some 9” Habs needles that is!
From crochet mallet, to needlefish
In the picture there is Birch, 2 Cherry, and Crochet bat (silver maple?)
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Old 04-11-2022, 06:34 AM   #2
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Its funny how we wood turners look at objects and vision lures.!
Nice bodies.
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Old 04-11-2022, 04:49 PM   #3
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Enjoying turning out this style early Habs Stubby Needle!
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Old 04-11-2022, 05:28 PM   #4
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No square ends. Using a jig to drill holes?
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Old 04-11-2022, 06:14 PM   #5
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What’s cooking? Some 9” Habs needles that is!
From crochet mallet, to needlefish
In the picture there is Birch, 2 Cherry, and Crochet bat (silver maple?)
Tommy, do you get much of a weight difference between the birch and cherry?
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Old 04-13-2022, 09:41 AM   #6
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Juvenile BUNKER

5" shallow diver . will have 2/0 belly and rear tail flag.
Going to try a black scale base with my own made copper over spray on a few. Have to do something different!!

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Old 04-13-2022, 09:43 AM   #7
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juvuy swimmers

Ready for paint
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Old 04-13-2022, 03:12 PM   #8
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Tommy, do you get much of a weight difference between the birch and cherry?
I can check and let you know later today, going out to fish now.
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Old 04-13-2022, 03:13 PM   #9
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Ready for paint
Looking good Billy!
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Old 04-13-2022, 05:03 PM   #10
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I can check and let you know later today, going out to fish now.
Don't you have homework to do!!!
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Old 04-14-2022, 12:24 AM   #11
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Don't you have homework to do!!!


Didn’t get the chance today. Fishing was good haha
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Old 04-15-2022, 12:14 AM   #12
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A 12in long by 1.5x1.5 baluster of AYC for me on average is 8oz.
A 12in long by 1.5x1.5 block of cherry is 9oz.

As for birch, according to an app I have it has a specific gravity of 0.55, cherry a specific gravity of 0.50. They are nearly identical in weight; especially if you account for the variances you are sure to get between pieces.
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Old 04-15-2022, 06:32 PM   #13
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Didn’t get the chance today. Fishing was good haha
o.k. if you are not doing homework, figure this out for me. last May i painted some trophy tackle needles.they have been sitting in the house since i finished them.Birch dowels, 4hr+ soak in spar/mspirits, 2 to 3 weeks drying in living room near wood stove,rustoleum primer, 8 or 9 day dry, rustoleum 2x paint, 10 day dry, i think i put a clear mat spray on the black ones, one coat system 3 it was warm in the house.Now these needles have been sitting on my desk since may. the epoxy just lifted in a few places in the last 2 weeks. i have made others that i fished last year and had no problems.yes wore gloves after painting.Remember cant use right arm yet so my typing is worse then normal.
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Old 04-16-2022, 08:09 AM   #14
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Derek you may have sealer bleed. 4hrs is way too long to soak. The excess sealer internally may not of fully cured even though its been awhile. I say this because I tried hot soak birch a couple years ago. Yes it absorbed the sealer quick but too much. I was increasing the needle weight by 6-9 grams. The wood weighed unsealed 28 grams. Thats approx 25%. Within a couple weeks of finishing the process of prime- epoxy., I noticed clear coat lifting on half of the needles. The clear cost lifted everything from the bare wood.
Mind you Ive been doing this same needle for 10yrs or so and the only difference done was this excessive soak. Immediately I went back to my proven.method of 30minute cold soak in 60/40 spar varnish and mineral spirits.
BTW I ended up scraping off all the needles to bare wood and let them dry for a month. I weighed them first then after. Found a drop of half the added weight from the sealer. Fellow builders have done experiments in sealing soak times and found no benefit from soaks longer than 10 minutes.
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Old 04-16-2022, 11:06 AM   #15
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Thanks for the reply Bill, that was my thought, i believe i might have heated these to. i had the problem once before after i fished a couple plugs. first time i had it happen to plugs that have been sitting on my desk for almost a year. Black spray paint fixes everything. i Really dont care for the epoxy top coat anyways. I am fine with having bad hook rash after a night of fishing .
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Derek in the long run , the fish dont care. Fish em hard and catch a big one!
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Old 05-01-2022, 06:32 AM   #17
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Took some ayc and milled rectangle 1×3/4×10". Did a prototype of a slender nose broader rear section needle. Tweeked the pattern to finish the design to my liking.
Spun a couple dozen blanks . Trick here is finding dead center and marking with an awl the perfect dead center. This is needed to establish symmetrical flat sides.
Soon Ill take a couple to drill hook hole and start adjusting weight locations. Ultimately I'll be trying to achieve a level slow sink that will obtain a neutral buoyancy when retreive is stopped and a spook like reaction when rod tip is twitched.
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Old 05-02-2022, 09:03 PM   #18
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No square ends. Using a jig to drill holes?
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After testing, the slider needles responded as planned. Slow drop rate and very slowly sink giving it an effect right after stopping a pause. During retrieve, you can elect to incorporate a spook style pause with slack to create a zig zag retrieve. The AYC needles were sealed in 60/40 helmsman/ turps for 10-15 min.
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After testing, the slider needles responded as planned. Slow drop rate and very slowly sink giving it an effect right after stopping a pause. During retrieve, you can elect to incorporate a spook style pause with slack to create a zig zag retrieve. The AYC needles were sealed in 60/40 helmsman/ turps for 10-15 min.
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Just curious as to why you are sealing AYC. Cedar doesn't absorb water and in 30 years of making plugs I never sealed AYC and never had and issue.

No boat, back in the suds.
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After testing, the slider needles responded as planned. Slow drop rate and very slowly sink giving it an effect right after stopping a pause. During retrieve, you can elect to incorporate a spook style pause with slack to create a zig zag retrieve. The AYC needles were sealed in 60/40 helmsman/ turps for 10-15 min.
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Bill, may i ask what kind of turps you are using, i had used some very old turps that had a nice pine smell to it. then all i could find around here was sunnyside (i think) brand. had a real harsh chemical smell to it. i dry everything in the house.
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Paul yes cedar wood in water resilient. Honestly I ask myself this question everytime I build with ayc. I do notice while I'm testing an untreated ayc blank it seems to swell a bit. I mike up all my turnings and I recheck after testing. Normally they are sealed before testing but most cases its wired and temporary weighted as is. I really dont favor that process in plug building. Its just something I do. At cut down the soak time to about 10 minutes or so.
I use now regular turps( sunnyside). The pine smell you refer to is pure gum turpentine. If available that worked well. Sealer stinks no matter what. Actually like I mentioned earlier sealing plugs is my least favorite step in building.
BTW I still use on occassion Val oil. With less than a quart left , I'll use it when I need a quick turn.around. < a week of drying. My varnish/ turps is a 2 week dry time. Use to be 1 week but had some bleed issues so Ill do.longer. Hardwoods ...birch 30 minutes. Maple which i try not to use because if its not sealed well use get cracking between the hook holes and weight holes, Ill either double soak ( repeat next day) or epoxy seal ( messy).
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Thank you. I was just curious.

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Those are " spookie". Sharp eyes and great looking colors.
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Thanks Billy
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Great work Tommy.

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Old 07-27-2022, 07:42 PM   #29
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Carlezon needlefish duplicates.
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Looks like a level.sink. 8" long?
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