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    Default A couple all wood floats

    I got a little bored what with it raining, and waiting for momma to get back in town, so A little search and I found an old thread about making a very touchy float for 1/32 and lighter jigs that lays flat till pretty much Ed touched by a crappie, then it stands up. The OP used a wooden thill float.
    Well, not having a thill float, I engineered an all wood float using a bamboo chop stick, and a wine bottle cork I acquired from a local winery. (Actually I acquired a lot of corks 2yrs ago simply by asking for them. They were used from various wine tasting over their season). Name:  IMG_0304.jpg
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Size:  46.5 KB. After multiple attempts to drill a hole down the center, much harder than one would think, even with a drill press, I managed a couple pretty close. A little bit of adjusting and then some Gorilla Super Glue. After an hour or two wait to make sure glue is set and dry, I chucked it in my bench top drill press, with a hole drilled in to center and support the bottom part of the chopstick, I used 60 grit sand paper. To shape the cork. Once happy with that, itís 120 grit to smooth.
    Then drill a hole on two opposing sides the size of bb split shot. This done it mid-point of the cork. Then another close to the top end of the cork. Glue in the split shot, making sure the top edge is flush with the outer edge of cork. Their are a couple reasons for this weight, 1.is it adds weight to the cork, which adds casting distance. 2. The weights in the center establishes the pivot point on the float, and the one on the top end is a counter weight for the weight of the suspended jig.
    Once that is done, I painted them, and then sealed them with liquid varithane. To secure the line, I use a piece of fuel line for an RC motor bought at a hobby store.Name:  IMG_0300.jpg
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    I stated I got the idea for these from the archive file here on C.C. At the time I could not for the life of me remember which one...well I found it, it’s KCBH’s thread dated 4/16/06 entitled “Have you ever used this for crappie”. Great read. Thank you KCBH for the info.
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    Looks good and feel sure when you use them catching it will be so rewarding!

    Good job!

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    Quote Originally Posted by skiptomylu View Post
    Looks good and feel sure when you use them catching it will be so rewarding!

    Good job!

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    Thank you Skip...
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    Good use of down time. Looks good.
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    Great job and talent, that's going to be very satisfying.
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    Thank you SpeckledSlab and GrumpyLoomis...
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