- This is an inexpensive (less than $60 including shipping) "must-have"
tool for any lure or rod maker who doesn't already own a wood lathe,
but does own a variable speed electric drill. Simply mount your
drill to the adjustable clamp at one end, and you have an instant
wood lathe for turning wooden lure bodies, shaping cork rod handles,
or drying lure paints and finishes. It can turn anything that is
less than 6" in diameter and 24" long (i.e. most lure
bodies). Once you get it home, you'll want to mount the aluminum
bed to a heavier wood base or shop table to add stability.
Why is this a good fit for lure makers?
When making a fishing lure, having a well-balanced, symmetrical
body is critical to avoid erratic movement in the water. The best
way to ensure this symmetry is to shape the core of the bait using
a lathe. The rotating movement of the lathe ensures that an equal
amount of wood is removed from all sides of the bait, thus preserving
the bait's balance. And once the body is shaped, you can use the
lathe to quickly sand the bait by applying sandpaper strips to the
body while it is spinning.
Why is this a good fit for rod builders?
Part of the excitement of making a fishing rod is being able to
invent an entirely new grip that is custom molded to your exact
hand and style of fishing. Unfortunately, making your own grips
can't really be done effectively without a lathe, because it's virtually
impossible to quickly and uniformly shape the glued-together cork
disks by hand. Unfortunately, traditional lathes don't work well
for this either, because you usually want to shape the cork while
it's already glued to your rod blank, and there aren't many workshop
lathes that can accomodate a 6 foot length of bending material.
That's what makes the Grizzly so great...it can actually accomodate
shaping rod grips while they're glued to the rod! Simply pull out
the drill clasp from the end of the aluminum bed, turn it around,
and then reattach it so the drill is actually facing in the opposite
direction. Now attach the butt end of your rod blank (with the glued-on
cork rings) to the drill, and put the "Y" block from your
rod drying setup a few inches past the cork rings to support the
rod. Start up your drill and start sliding sandpaper along the cork
to quickly shape it!
Important things to know
The lathe doesn't come with an electric drill. You'll need to provide
that on your own. The clasp that holds the drill appears to be versatile
enough to accomodate most of the electric drills we've seen. I probably
wouldn't use a cordless drill with this, because unless you've spent
a few hundred dollars on a high end cordless, you likely won't get
the RPMs you'll need to effectively use this as a lathe without
burning out the drill motor...and you'll run down your battery pretty
fast. You're better off picking up a basic variable speed electric
drill for $35 (Black & Decker, etc.). Even with the extra cost
of the drill, it's still a whole lot cheeper than buying a used
or low-end lathe. Also, make sure your electric drill has a "lock
on" feature, so you don't have to keep pressure on the trigger
to keep the drill spinning.
Vendor : Amazon.com
to Exact Product: Grizzly
H2669 Hobby Lathe