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Old 02-22-2006, 01:43 PM
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ROC, YOU DA MAN!!!!
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Old 02-22-2006, 06:08 PM
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SORRY, ALMOST FORGOT, KUDOS TO SUDSY AS WELL FOR HIS FINE PLUG BUILDING SKILLS.
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Old 02-23-2006, 01:00 PM
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Very nice looking .
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Old 02-23-2006, 10:02 PM
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dude thats sweet. im still trying to get a twitchbait style plug to sink :) can i wire a plug with a drill press, and somewire? what kind of wire?
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Old 02-28-2006, 07:38 PM
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stmnO,

what you can do to see how much weight is needed is to attach your hooks and wire with rubberbands, thenwrap the plug with solder, its eaiser than trying to attach lead weights, once you reach neautral boyancy and know where your lead will be placed (usualy in the belly between the front and rear hook) now weigh the solder on a food scale, you'll know exactly how much lead you will need and where to put it.... then you can drill your holes, make sure to write down everything you do, it will help you in the future...

Most people use anealed 304 Stailess steel, I have some 303 (it has sulfur added to aid bending) but it is tough to work with, I still use .064 brass wire, on alot of my plugs, it's quite durable and I've been using it for years without any problems...Others use 316 stainless but 304 is the most common....
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Old 02-28-2006, 10:05 PM
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You sure about that Roc? 304 is pretty soft, the overwhelming majority favor 308 - 1/16th diameter
I personally find even 308 a bit too soft for my liking and normally use 316L - 1/16th

When I build super heavy duty I bump it up to 316L - 3/32's and 6x VMC hooks on 550 lb. ball bearing bar swivels. You can go after Blue Fin tuna on those plugs. :)
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yes, it only becomes soft when it gets annealed, that's why they like it, because they can wrap and unwrap in the field, that's another reason I like the brass, that said my HD plugs (that I use for SBFT) and giant Pikie's are made of 303 SS, as stated before it is enhanced with sulfer to assist its ability to be bent, it is not anealed, once you bent it thats it if you bent it back it will break, it has incredible tensil strength, I dont have the #'s infront of me but i can get them... but as far as the 304 (which I buy in 1 lb rolls through work) check out what they sell pre-bent at nj tackle... it's 304 annealed wire...
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Interesting, I'm not sure the majority of plug builders are familiar with 304.

I had just run out of a huge stash of 320 that I'd been using for years and it was time to reorder. I knew I didn't want any more 320 - stuff is strong but it's a bear to work with.
To help me decide what to order I did a survey over on another site asking what wire everyone was using. Of the 11 replies 6 builders use 308 and 5 use 316. Add to that out of 5 builders that I'm friends with one uses 308 and the other 4 use 316.
I decided to go with 316 as I like the extra strength and it's ability to hold it's shape particularly on the nose loop, which is easily knocked out of position in the softer 308 while fishing around and banging the lure on rocks.
BTW I found a great deal on, of all places, Ebay (weldingsuppliesatioc) $69 for 10 lbs shipped.

Never once, anywhere, on the survey thread or in person was 304 even mentioned. Honestly, none of us that I know are metallurgists or machinists so there is a lack of knowledge on this subject across the whole plug building community.
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Old 03-13-2006, 12:29 AM
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translation please will leader wire work?, how do i put the wires in?whado i do?to make it sink ive been drillin shallow holes and tapping in splitshot then sealin it w/ epoxy. it was gonna be a fairly normal plug, but i ground to deep w/ the sander, and now its like a verry skinny mirrolure,rattletrap, somethin. :) soon ill have a shop to work in.
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verry skinny mirrolure,rattletrap, somethin
Andy keep that for posterity. in 30 years you can have a good laugh and be proud.
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Roccus your a clever and skilled craftsman. I have looked at alot of your post and tools, working jigs etc. NICE WORK ! wow have you got time on your hands. Every time I start a plug start working on the boat- time to drive one of the kids here or there drop every thing!
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Old 03-15-2006, 10:16 PM
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Wfmdfm,

thanks for the compliment, but I;m not all that clever, I just hate spending money on things i can make myself!.. I remember those days of driving the kids to practice, dance recitels and all that good stuff, now my children are all grown, I have more time, but honestly I dont have anymore than anyone else, I just dont sleep much, it's good practice for the summer...
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How much is a model makers lathe go for. It would be a good size for making plugs?
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a few from the last batch, field tested and ready for battle..
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They all look great guys!

About how long and how much does it cost you guys to make these?
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