Friday, December 20, 2019
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
This handy tool allows you to put sheet materials into the horizontal slot and punch out a disc and hole with a hammer. The hole sizes are; 1/2 inch, 5/8 inch, 3/4 inch, 7/8 inch, and 1 inch. Cuts metal up to 14 gauge thick.This great little metal punch is great to have for all kinds of projects.
Here is a video of a project I use the sheet metal punch for.
Hole Punch Cutter Kit
Monday, August 5, 2013
If you are a lure maker and painter of wooden or plastic body lures you probably already know that painting stencils can be one of the most useful painting tools in your bag of lure painting skills.If you have attempted to make you own lure stencils you also already know it can be a daunting task. It can be extremely difficult to make form fitting stencils that fit snugly to your lure for those clean painting lines.
I have found a source of custom made lure stencils that will fit many of the most popular lure bodies like a glove.
You get a left and right side custom formed stencil ready for you to cut the traditional patterns or you can create your own fish attracting paint patterns.
These lure stencils are affordable, fit the lure bodies snugly, and will help make you a better lure painter.
Lure Stencils Available Here.
Lure Stencils Available Here.
Friday, July 12, 2013
At GrandDad's Lures, they handcraft only the highest quality top water lures right here in USA. Located in Glen Saint Mary, FL they have ties in both the North and the South.They are very proud to be one of the few remaining American Lure Makers. They started this business with the vision to handcraft and reintroduce the lures of our forefathers, using today's technology. GrandDad's Lures provides a high quality product, a bait you can pass down.
Take a look at his beautiful handmade wooden lures; Grand Dad's Lures
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
The glue tape dispenser is a little more costly to get set up compared to a hot glue gun, but is by far the best way to glue boxes particularly if you are doing a lot of boxes.
Monday, March 4, 2013
|Excelsior Mini Lathe from Rockler Woodworking|
With solid cast-iron construction, a robust 1/2 hp motor and a precision- machined live center, this little workhorse rivals features found in much larger lathes. It can turn bowls of almost 10" in diameter, and spindles up to 17-3/4" in length, making it perfect for chair legs, small table legs and an endless array of decorative turnings. This is also a great lathe for making wooden lures. A convenient door provides easy access to the belt, along with 5 different speeds: 760, 1100, 1600, 2200 and 3200 RPM. Cast-iron body provides mass for minimal vibration, stable turning and maximum durability. To increase your spindle capacity to 38-1/2'', just use the optional Bed Extension.
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Learn How to Make Your Own Wooden Top Water Lures
1) Submitted by Jim, from Corona, CA on 1/10/2013Customer Rating:
I purchased this lathe because my Nova lathe died just before Xmas and I had projects to get completed. I had wanted, but not needed a mini lathe until this happened. I purchased this lathe and came home and produced 21 spindle turnings and a small bowl with it in the first week of ownership. Take a little time and clean up some of the rough edges on the hold down bolts and lube up the tail stock and you will have a great lathe for the money.
2) Submitted by Allan, from Oxford, MI on 3/19/2012Customer Rating:
Being a beginner never turned wood in my life I just could not bring myself to pay for a top of the line lathe so I bought the Excelsior. One of my few good decisions. I have had this almost a year now. Turning pens, handles etc. A bowl is my next project. No problems with it at all so far. When I unpacked it I found, like others, the instructions were tedius and not worth much. The first thing I did was to put centers in both sides. The points lined up almost perfectly. Checked a piece of ground rod in a collet and it was running almost perfect. Put a center in the tailstock and the rod. Made a very slight adjustment and it was dead on. For a beginner like myself, I find this to do everything I expected it to do and more as I explore new projects.
3) Submitted by Denver, CO on 3/5/2012Customer Rating:
I have had this lathe for over a year. I have really been turning pens with some bowls and other things like table legs. It has done the job and for the price it is perfect. I have turned over 50 pens plus other items and it has worked great. I have not tried to adjust anything other than the speed belt but was able to do what I needed.
4) Submitted by Jack Hunsucker, from Lawton, OK on 2/26/2012Customer Rating:
The worst thing about this lathe is the belt change. First, you can't see what you are doing. Second,you have to assume a fish hook posture to reach the access portal. Third, the portal is too small for anyone but a small child to work through. And, forbid that the belt should break, because without instructions, installing a new one would be next to impossible if you could find one.
5) Submitted by Kevin, from Arlington, TX on 1/17/2012Customer Rating:
I've had this lathe for a few years now and for everything I needed it to do, it did well. For the price, I couldn't justify spending anymore for a lathe unless I wanted more features. It's not my dream lathe for sure, but it does the job it was designed to do.
6) Submitted by Allen Johnson, from Dillsboro, IN on 12/29/2012Customer Rating:
As with any new piece of equiptment, there was a minimal amout of adjusting, tightening, etc. that needed to be done. All in all, I was very satisfied with the product as a whole. But,there were a couple of things that I was not completely happy about in regards to this product. I had to replace the washer on the belt tensioner lock handle due to the fact that it was so weak and thin that it bent under the pressure of tightening down the handle after changing speeds. I replaced it with a heavier washer and that issue was resolved. The other issue I found to be a problem was, as others have stated, the access to change speeds is very limited. That is why I could not give this product an excellent rating. But, it is a very good product, from what I can see thus far.
7) Submitted by Mark, from Shingle Springs, CA on 4/21/2011Customer Rating:
Had this lathe about a month now. Used it very much already and it is great! I don't get some of the reviews that I read prior to my purchase as mine is perfectly true, no slop or play, belt change simple, heavy solid unit. Does not vibrate or move at all on workbench surface. When you get it, it is covered with cosmoline which is normal, just take your time setting up and clean everything with alcohol. Yes the instructions are minimal but what all do you need, its pretty self explanatory. Mine came with bed extension which is great! I do wish that owners manual had phone number for parts as I would like to have extra belt just in case. Highly recommend this lathe!
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Monday, February 25, 2013
I have found another great Abranet sanding product since I first mentioned my discovery of the Abranet sanding strips.I use a 5 inch disc sander to make the angled face on popper lures. Until recently I had been using a 120 grit conventional sandpaper disc on the disc sander. As with other uses of sandpaper I had the problem of the grit in the sandpaper loading up after sanding only a few popper faces. Even with frequent cleaning with a small wire brush the sanding disc was short lived at best.
After I saw how great the Abranet sanding strips were for sanding lures in the lathe I bought some of the 5 inch Abranet sanding discs to try on the disc sander. Once I received the sanding discs I discovered that they have a hook and loop type attachment and there was no adhesive backing to attach it to the metal face of my 5 inch disc sander. I contacted the site where I purchased the Abranet sanding grip discs and learned that they have a Conversion Pad made just for this. The conversion pad has the adhesive backing to attach to the sander and the Abranet sanding disc attaches to the Conversion Pad.
The Mirka Abranet 5 inch Mesh Grip Disc 100G, Qty. 10 is what I purchased at this Mirka site link;
9A-232-1000-10, Mirka Abranet 5 in. Mesh Grip Disc 10 for only $10.95
The Mirka Conversion Pad - PSA to Grip, 5 inch, Qty 1 is what I purchased at this Mirka site link; 1105, Mirka Conversion Pad - PSA to Grip, 5, Qty 1
This Abranet sanding product is self cleaning just like the sanding strips. So far I still have the first Abranet disc I installed on my sander and after making many poppers faces with it there is no sign of wear or buildup.
If you still have not tried your hand at making popper fishing lures here is a link a video I made showing how I make them;
Here you can look at the rotary burr cutting tool I use to cut the popper mouths;Lure Making Parts,Kits,&Tools
Good fishing this spring,
Lure Making Parts
Lure Making Parts