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Old 10-29-2021, 07:19 AM   #31
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I know it aint Sunday, but here's a few things I've been puttering with, spun up most of them when it was monsoon season in July in an effort to do something fishing related...
what I have there are some 1.5 ounce needles and slim swimmers, those are all made from WRC … there are 4 darter blanks there for Pinkney style 3 ounce darters, I make mine out of Ash these days, I like it better than maple, it's just a tad more stable...also pictured are some goo goo eyes,made from AYC, sealed with Tung oil,paint is createx with E-tex outer shell.. the Conrads are made from Mahogany, sealed and painted like above... also there are a few pikies there.. those are spun from WRC..finished like he rest.
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A good run is better than a bad stand!
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Old 10-30-2021, 07:36 AM   #32
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Hi Joe. Glad to see ur still turning. Always had a good time talking to u and others at Plugfest.
My building season is here now. Plan on doing my needles , pikes. Probably bring back 1 or 2 older designs lip swimmers.
I see u still doing the tung oil sealing. I dont do maple often because the spar sealing doesnt offer any cracking guarentees. Whats ur mix ratio?
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Old 10-30-2021, 08:41 AM   #33
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Hi Joe. Glad to see ur still turning. Always had a good time talking to u and others at Plugfest.
My building season is here now. Plan on doing my needles , pikes. Probably bring back 1 or 2 older designs lip swimmers.
I see u still doing the tung oil sealing. I dont do maple often because the spar sealing doesnt offer any cracking guarentees. Whats ur mix ratio?
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I use the tung straight..let them soak 15 minutes, ,hang wipe off exsess..dry in a few days no bleed through..tung oil has been used to preserve boats going back hundreds of years... all my rifle sticks and wooden long bows are preserved with tung oil. I also use it to seal the ice fishing tip ups.
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Old 10-30-2021, 03:21 PM   #34
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Is there much weight difference in the ash to maple?? I have access to a bunch of ash currently and have always been under the impression it splits out much easier than other woods for plug building
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Is there much weight difference in the ash to maple?? I have access to a bunch of ash currently and have always been under the impression it splits out much easier than other woods for plug building
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Maple is more dense with a tighter grain, I've had good luck with ash and birch, ash is pretty stable wood, I
I've used it for ice fishing tip ups for years, all Jack traps are ash.
Birch splits easy, you have to seal it well, same with maple,
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Old 10-30-2021, 04:58 PM   #36
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Looking great, never seen an ash darter before; how does the lip hold up against rocks compared to maple?
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Old 10-30-2021, 05:09 PM   #37
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Looking great, never seen an ash darter before; how does the lip hold up against rocks compared to maple?
Ash is very durable, like I've said, it is the primary wood for ice fishing tip ups, those things take a beating.
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Ash is grainy but tough. Positioning grain vertical would help lip from shaving off. I have plenty broken ash bats. Old growth tighter grain would be good for plugs.
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Old 11-09-2021, 10:02 PM   #39
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Tony C, and some random needles.
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Old 11-10-2021, 07:46 AM   #40
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Nice shapes. One thing on hand turning is u can change on the fly.
Some unique weighting in them.
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Old 11-10-2021, 09:42 PM   #41
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New sealer Im trying, thin as water.
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Old 11-10-2021, 10:05 PM   #42
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I had good results with water based polyurethane, dried quick and hard, rattlecans adhered well
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I have been using a rattle can triple clear for my top coat. Gave up on epoxy as I don't keep the plugs long enough to justify the work involved.
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I see a wide lip on the slim. As Artie Johnson used to say "very interesting"
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Old 11-15-2021, 07:38 AM   #45
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I see a wide lip on the slim. As Artie Johnson used to say "very interesting"
Produces a bit more "wiggle".

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Old 11-15-2021, 11:00 AM   #46
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maybe more than just a bit, depending on the retrieve speed
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