Jim in WA

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  1. How much for your holder and inserts?
  2. The ones I seen were very expensive. Not what one would use in a hobby environment. It would be cheaper and possibly better to go the 3D printing route if you are looking at mass production. yes that means plastic. I was fortunate to get the bug early enough to get the Vega 10-24 duplicator before it was discontinued.
  3. I am making a 2 part template that leaves a 3/8” diameter section between the plugs for the initial turning.I am hoping that will be enough. Both ends have enough material that either end can be put in the chuck after separating them. That was my initial thought anyway. But if it ends up one at a time that’s okay too. Thank you for your input.
  4. The face cut really isn’t that hard. Just look at what’s available to do the task. These plugs were designed in the 50’s-60’s. The only reason I am spending what I am to reproduce originals is that 1. I have run out of originals. 2.The originals are better than Chinese copies. (The Boardroom doesn’t fish). 3. Real plugs are designed for what the fish likes not you. 4. I am just an old North Idaho guy who does it his own way. the real key is that these plugs use a Siwash open eye hook, crimp in a quality welded ring swivel. Perfect in every way. So much fun when you have a 25 lb plus rainbow jumping in back of the boat like a 12” in a stream. You can figure the length of the fish by how long it takes to get it landed. A minute an inch once they are bigger than 30”. This is in a lake. One hell of a fight.
  5. Thx I appreciate all the help. Finally found and ordered all the things needed to CNC the jigs for finishing the plugs once I am done turning them. I am also learning about adding colors and tint to Etex. It would save weight and time if my initial sealing coats play a part in the paint patterns. There are about 9 different patterns I need depending on the time of year. Anyone experiment using transparent colors over pearl or metallics? I am fortunate to be paid to stay home or it would take me months just to read and absorb all the info. The other question I had was...Do any of use a release agent on wire or other build aids that are inserted in the plugs during sealing and finishing?
  6. Actually better action. I have fished both. Note: old Lymans were better than what is currently produced. The shape changed, now made from plastic.Why they put a rattle in them defies logic. You don’t change what works. Rattles are for fish in a defending posture not hunting food. Kokanee don’t rattle. These can be trolled very fast or slow and no tangled hooks. (Lymans can flip and tangle at anytime you are over 2.2 knots.) Nice when you want to run plugs and flies. The ability for the fish to throw the plug and not the hook leads to higher success rate. And if you break off you can circle back around retrieve the plug and your only out a hook. They used to be made by a local guy in my hometown. Originally hand carved.
  7. Actually designed for Gerrard Rainbows. I haven’t tried them for salmon but see no reason they wouldn’t work. Last fall 21 lbs. I also have caught Dolly Varden and Lake trout on them.
  8. Well it’s been awhile. My work schedule until COVID made me back burner the plug project. I am getting things put together. Here is a pic of the plugs I am building. This one is a sample of the last ones made. The originals had glass eyes. I will be turning them out of Red Cedar. I have a very good source of tight old growth shake bolts to use. I will be using a Comet II midi lathe with a Vega 10-24 duplicator, turning 2 blanks at a time. I am finishing the drawings for making the tool jig for Cutting and sanding the front face and drilling the through hole and eye sockets.
  9. I will send you pics sometime this weekend. Thx for the feed back
  10. The duplicator should arrive Monday. And the experimentation will begin. The plug design will require a jig for cutting the front face, eye sockets, and drilling for the main line pass through. No attached tackle. (One of the best features as the fish spits the plug out and it is usually up the leader a few feet.) I am looking for a source of glass eyes. Maybe a taxidermy supply?
  11. Thx for the information. I was also told it has a tendency to tear out. I wondered if you could reduce the angle on the cutting tool and turn at a higher speed.(Like when you modify drill bits for drilling acrylics) I have a choice of old growth or younger local Cedar. Also was going to experiment with knot free sections of some of the older branches.
  12. I am new to this forum and seeking information on how to turn cedar plugs. Long story short, the plugs I used for many years are no longer manufactured. I bought a Comet II MIDI lathe and a Vega 8562 duplicator with the idea on making them myself. The design is easy I have a number of examples. They were originally made from Western red Cedar. Any tips on working with this wood?
  13. I may have posted in the wrong place. If so would you kindly direct me. Thx Jim
  14. Last one, 12lbs. Broke my last good Cedar plug. Good fish, a lot of fun but a Smaller Gerrard Rainbow.
  15. I am new to this forum and seeking information on how to turn cedar plugs. Long story short, the plugs I used for many years are no longer manufactured. I bought a Comet II MIDI lathe and a Vega 8562 duplicator with the idea on making them myself. The design is easy I have a number of examples. They were originally made from Western red Cedar. Any tips on working with this wood?