I was carrying around an old fishing lure on my keys. It was getting pretty banged up from every day use. Finally it broke to pieces. So I set out to make a duplicate out of Black Walnut. Here is how:
Step 1: Get some wood
I have a good supply of wood in my workshop. Ash, birch, black walnut, oak, cherry, cedar, pine, apple, and a few exotics that I don't like to use. They are very toxic and require extreme precautions to cut and sand. They irritate skin and mucous membranes, so I try to avoid the using them. Anyway, I chose black walnut. It cuts and sands nicely. It also has a nice grain that adds to the look of the project. Apple will be my next one, it makes nice tool handles too! The local apple orchards let me have all the fall trimmings I can carry off. Nice people and their apples and produce are great!
Step 2: Draw out a design
Pencil out a rough shape on the wood. I used the old broken lure that I salvaged and super glued back together.
Step 3: Cut out the shape
I used my trusty band saw. Use caution if you are not a seasoned wood worker. These things can bite!
Step 4: Sand the edges round
Sand the edges to a nice shape. Imitating the shape of a small bait fish, or use a lure from your tackle box as a guide.
Step 5: Get some metal for spinner plate
I have plenty of aluminum. So I cut out a spinner plate from some small scrap I had on my messy workbench. The band saw cut this soft metal too. No need to change blades either! You can use a jigsaw if you don't have a band saw. Just use a metal cutting blade in it. Clamp the metal down on your work bench, then cut. File and sand the rough edges too.
Step 6: Cut out a slot for spinner plate
Again I used the band saw to cut out a small slot in the wood, matching the thickness of the aluminum spinner plate.