Ed White

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  1. Alumilite is a good product, but I know some of their stuff has a shelf life, like you say, maybe a bad, or old, batch.
  2. Thanks t_man, that's why we make them!
  3. So, back to the gliders in process Sealed up with the weights installed. Some Howdies along for the ride Holes puttied up, ready for sanding. And, magically sanded. Wired. The wire gets a dab of epoxy front and rear so it doesn't leak when I fill the hanger hole. Fire in the hole. Takes a few times for the air to escape and epoxy spread out into the thru hole. Once the epoxy cures, I fill the hook hole and cover the wraps. Put it on, sand it off, seems like a waste of time, but I like how it looks. Once all the epoxy cured, I dropped them all in a bucket of water, to see how they acted, looked good to me. Dried, masked and ready for primer. So, 2 coats of primer was applied, and sanded, and then a coat of Opaque White Createx, and they are ready for color. That will be the next post.
  4. So, more gliders pics These are from a prior batch, ran out of split rings. And this what my plug looks like after a 12 lb bluefish is done with it. Fish inhaled it, about 1/2" of plug was sticking out of its face, Siwash was hooked deep, and the treble was inside its mouth. I did the fish no favors getting my plug back, it swam away, but I don't know how. Crabs gotta eat too.
  5. Jig Man, It's been an interesting journey, and your help has played a huge part in shortening the learning curve. I've been having fun playing around and fishing these plugs. More pics coming up.
  6. Since when? I paid my 5 yesterday....?
  7. To be honest, the swim hasn't changed much, this version sinks a little slower, but as far as I can tell, after letting it sink a bit, on a medium retrieve it just zigzags it's way back to me, deep enough that I can't see it in the surf, till it gets near the lip.
  8. Looking good.
  9. And Steelpulse comes out of nowhere with handfuls of darterliciousness.. Looking great, as always.
  10. Really, that's friggin cool.
  11. TSA, this is the second batch of these that I made this way, I started with a tester in prime, and really spent the time to get the attitude and sink rate right. Fished it in the surf and was really happy with the way it swam, so, to the best of my ability, I made 2 more using the same shape and weights, and they worked. No guarantees, of course, they're made out of wood. I still float them all. As far as how they work, I let them sink a bit and reel. They just weave their way back, which is really all I'm looking for. They don't do as well on the surface, near the beach where the water gets skinny and fast, they will give up, but as long as I can swim them to the lip, I'm good. More pics, and more testing (fishing) coming up.
  12. Pretty sweet. Wish I could paint like that.
  13. Mark the thru hole I like to use an awl to make a starter hole. Drill each end with a 5/32" bit, 1/4" deep, for the grommets, then I use a long 1/8" to drill thru. The wire and grommets. I use thru wire cutoffs to make hook hangers. 2-3/4" piece of wire Make a loop And, another loop. And bend it in half. Test fit. At this point I sand the rough corners with 150, follow it with 220, and it's time to seal them. I like to epoxy seal, especially since I'll be epoxying the weights in, and the hook hanger, eventually. To be continued after they're sealed.
  14. So, my 5" gliders have gone thru some changes, and I thought I'd post up a bunch of pics from this latest round. The originals I was making cast great, swam well, and caught some fish. But there were a few things I wasn't crazy about, the weights I needed to get it to sink wound up being pretty tall, and the thru hole had to go thru them, and I was having a tough time getting them to sink tail down, moving the weights didn't get it done, because I was using 2 equal weights. So, to correct these things,.I decided to change the shape a little, and put flatter weights in them, to get the sink I want. I wound up using 2 different weights, to get the attitude and the sink rate. Anyway, this is going to be a few long posts, lots of pics, cause, why not? This is an earlier 5", the top and bottom have big roundovers on them, with flat sides. It worked, but was a pain to build. I changed the body shape a little, scooping out some of the belly towards the tail. I thought if there was less wood there, it would need less weight to sink it. The template is sitting on a piece of 3/4" white cedar that will be used to make more gliders. A better shot of the template. I made a mold to make long, flat weights, the front is 10 grams, the rear is 20 grams. You can see I had to drill a little lead out of the rear weight. Off to the bandsaw, then the sander. Cut outside the line, and sand down to it. Clean up the corners. Mark the hole locations off the template. Plugs are 3/4" thick, I use a 3/8" block to mark center, from both sides. 1/4" hole for the hook hanger. Drilling the holes for the weights, the mold was made with a 15/32 drill, so the weights are just smaller than the holes they will go in. I'm using a 1/2" Forstner bit to get a flat bottom, I drill 3 times to make a slot, and clean it up till the sides of the slot are straight and clean. Rear weight is thicker, hole needs to be deeper.
  15. I've worked in an industry where we always have 40-50 customer truck keys in our possession, and from that I have learned 2 hard won lessons: Never, ever, neverever lock a door with the button. Always, always, alwayseverytime, lock the truck with the key in your hand. Very hard to lock the keys in that way. The sound of the door lock clicking usually happens milliseconds before your brain realizes "My keys are in there." Great story, glad it wasn't me, thanks for sharing.
  16. Yeah, I bet they look great rolling around in the sunlight. Wood grain under a good finish is one of those things that I catch myself staring at, and wondering" how long have I been staring at this?" I think the French call that chatoyance.
  17. ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ Yup.
  18. Take some calmer water, add a bunch of edible size bait and throw in a bunch of striped bass and you can have some pretty good fishing. Take those same conditions but mix in some highly aerated washing machine type water and wind and the fish seem to really lose their minds, it's like they're suddenly supercharged from all the extra oxygen in the water. It can be a challenging combination to find, but worth it when you do. Report: Skunk Skunk Skunk, and, Skunk, all out front. Bit of a letdown after the Early season up north.
  19. Ismail, try spraying a light coat of Pam inside your mold before you pour, I find it helps the surface.
  20. I had a 2cup Pyrex shatter when I picked it up out of the microwave, luckily, it just poured hot plastic on the mic and the bench. Cleanup was pretty easy, let it harden and just peeled the whole glassy mess up. Apparently, they just do that sometimes, I now always put them on a soft surface(wood) and try not to ever put myself in the path of gravity, just in case.
  21. That's the closest to a real chrome finish I've seen yet. Nicely done.
  22. Loving the White and Blurple, real clean looking
  23. They are clean, got his finish figured out
  24. That approximates the weight scheme that I liked best for my 5" gliders, needed more weight behind the hook to get it to sink slightly tail down. Mine are working, and have a couple keepers so far, but no large. Testing continues as often as possible!
  25. Hey...That's my spot!!! Just kidding, nice pic.