A few lures from the lathe

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Project by McLeanVA posted 119 days ago 1171 views 7 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Been awhile since I posted anything on LJs. Just wanted to show a few of the first maple fishing lures I made on the lathe. Just experimenting on shapes, colors and patterns. Will they catch fish?... who knows.

These were all turned from maple cutoffs and fancied up with an airbrush. Coated with a final thick coat of epoxy. I’m headed down to Florida tonight to pitch them into the saltwater. Wish me luck eh?

They range in size, but most are between 7” – 8” in length.

I purchased the metal lips, screw eyes, and hooks.

I hope they inspire you all to turn a few. A lot of fun and they’d make great gifts for your beloved anglers. Inexpensive to make, and fairly simple to build.

-- Measure, cut, curse, repeat.

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#1 posted 119 days ago

Very nice!

“Wish me luck eh?” – Have you been hanging around us Canucks again?

-- -- Don in Ottawa,

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#2 posted 119 days ago

Beautiful work, both with the turning and the finish. Good luck!

-- Matt

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#3 posted 119 days ago

Awesome job! Post pics of the fish caught.

-- JEFF Illinois (Banks of the Mississippi)

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#4 posted 119 days ago

You will no doubt catch something with those if the fish are biting and the conditions are right. I had no idea an airbrush could make such fine scale details that are on some of those. Outstanding job.

I’m driving 3.5 hours to the Texas coast to do some fising very soon. Good luck.

-- Randy -- Austin, TX by way of Northwest (Woodville), OH

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#5 posted 119 days ago

Thanks guys.

@Don – Canucks rock eh?

@freddy1962 – I’ll be the happiest turner on the planet if I hook up on one of these. Will be certain to take pics.

@Randy_ATX – Thank you. The airbrush is a fun little tool. I’m still getting comfortable with it, but I know it has the potential to create some killer lures. I just hope the divers swim properly. If they do, it’s going to be lights out for the fish. Good luck with the TX waters.

-- Measure, cut, curse, repeat.

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#6 posted 119 days ago

my lake still iced in, but I’m ready to go fishing soon. These lures are wonderful. great colors and airbrush technique. The epoxy is a great idea. Enjoy your trip

-- We call the destruction of replaceable human made items vandalism, while the destruction of irreplaceable natural resources is called development.

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#7 posted 118 days ago

Wow ! Great work, like thr epoxy coat and the airbrush. Great job, hope they work (catch fish). I tried a few river chug turnings and surface poppers. Ran short with fittings $$$$ to make it worth while to sell.
Anyway great work. Found good wood for plug turnings by using trashed bar stools and wooden chairs that people put out for trash pick-up day.

-- GaryW, Edgefield SC, Too old to start over, can't remember why...

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#8 posted 118 days ago

Any fish you catch on a lure YOU made counts double! Awesome work.

-- You've got to be smarter than the tree.

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#9 posted 118 days ago

Nice airbrush work.

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#10 posted 118 days ago

Incredible finish! Cant wait to see what you can do with that airbrush when you “get the hang of it”. No doubt those will work. I’d say good luck on the fishing…but my grandfather taught me that when it comes to fishing. ...there is no such thing as good luck. ..only bad luck and skill. Skill on!

-- "The difficult I can do right away. .....the impossible will take a little longer! "

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#11 posted 118 days ago

Wow, great work.
I have to favorite this one and give it a try.
Thank you for sharing.

-- Having fun...Eric

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#12 posted 118 days ago

These are beautiful. Excellent work. I would hate to see a fish tear them up. :-) but then again…

-- Bucket, any person that spends 10k on a bicycle is guaranteed to be a $@I almost started to like you. -bhog

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#13 posted 117 days ago

Great talent you have to make these so nice

-- Norman

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#14 posted 116 days ago

I work wood in the winter and fish in the summer constantly. I buy all of my lures. You have inspired me to try. GREAT, GREAT projects and excellent work. I really appreciate your time and effort. The finishes look to be excellent. WOW.


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#15 posted 116 days ago

Great looking lures. I should turn out a few although I doubt mine will look so nice!

-- |Statistics show that 100% of people bitten by a snake were close to it.|

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