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Belly Grommet Installation

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I have been wroking on a darter kit recently and was wondering how people install the belly grommet.



 



I'm thinking I probably don't even need to use it, but in the long run, if I don't lose the lure, it would be best to install it.



 



The problem is I can't get the grommet to form to the rounded countour of the belly very well. I tried rolling it while in the hole and that didn't work, then I got out the small tack hammer and bent the sides a bit, and it was a slightly better fit but not great. Finally, in an attempt at perfection, I swung the hammer a bit too hard and really messed up that grommet good.hammer-time.gif



 



What is the best way to shape the grommet and install it?


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Yup, like JerryV said. The only problem is that you already have the hole for the swivel already drilled so using a larger bit now is going to be tough. I use a 1/2" forstner bit to make a slight recess for the belly grommet to sit in before I drill by hook hole. One thing to try is to gently grab the bottom of the grommet and lightly squeeze it with a pair of pliers. Sometimes thiis can bend the top of the grommet just enough to fit the contour of the belly. It will make the bottom of the grommet a bit oblong, but it usually still fits in the hole....don't forget to cement / glue / epoxy the grommet in place.

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Thanks, that is helpful info--the needle nose pliers would have been a better choice than the hammer.



 



This is my first plug so I'm ok with it looking a little fuggly and I think I can still salvage the grommet.

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Charleston is a good guy and offered to do a bunch of grommets for me if I sent them to him. But I just don't build that fast.

 

I slide the grommet to the base of a small screwdriver and tap two opposite sides down a bit with a pair of vise grips. They sit very flush after that.

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I made the exact same mistake, I ended up buying a dowel and drilling holes in that to shape the grommet, rather than bang up the plug.  I got that idea from someone helpful on this site.


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I've been using a 1/2" Forstner bit thanks to some advice here in this forum and I am very happy with the results.

 

That's the ticket. It's called spot facing. When you drill a flat on the radius just deep enough to flatten it out. Then come in with the correct diameter drill. I use a brad point to do my belly hook holes. The bradpoint picks up the center of the 1/2 " forstner used to spot face. Then you can smooth everything around the grommet when you clear coat the plug. Makes for rea nice fit and finish.

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I use the dowel method (found it in the search function) Drill a hole in a dowel (hook hole), place grommet in hole, take a scrap piece of wood and form it to the dowel. Put the scrap over the dowel (grommet) and hit it with a mallet. Grommet will take shape of dowel, good to go.

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