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Offline MADA

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Modify the crappie mold
« on: 11/23/18 07:59 UTC »
Gentlemen.
I want to modify my crappie jig mold, make the 1/32 weight 1/8.
I never use this ligth version but love the 1/16 and use this jig head most of the time in my local stream after trout.
Do you have any pointers as to witch drill bit to start with to make the 1/32 come close to 1/8?
I have enough tools from my bird carving to do the fine tuning.
Hopefully you guy will point me in the rigth direction.
Magne

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Re: Modify the crappie mold
« Reply #1 on: 11/23/18 08:19 UTC »
Can you post a picture of the inside of the mold.....mold open one side.... like you're going to put hooks in it?

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Re: Modify the crappie mold
« Reply #2 on: 11/23/18 09:56 UTC »
I did write this wile at work but see now that it cant be done.
Not enough room due to the sprue gate.

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Re: Modify the crappie mold
« Reply #3 on: 11/23/18 10:12 UTC »
I'm pretty sure this is the mold you are looking at...https://store.do-itmolds.com/Crappie-Jig_c_71.html

Regardless, opening the one you have up much at all isn't something I'd suggest. If you have tools and some basic skills I can see using a mold blank and cutting sprues with a metal cutting countersink, then using a drill of appropriate size to create your head. Drill out the areas for the hook to hang into and cut the channels for the hook to lay into and you'd be on your way. The crappie jig is a fairly flat head and the biggest challenge will be getting the depth of the drill cut for each cavity on the two sides to line up equally. A drill press would be a must.

A silicone mod might be your answer here if you're not going to do hundreds of jigs.

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Re: Modify the crappie mold
« Reply #4 on: 11/23/18 14:02 UTC »
I would use a small ball carbide bit but like Tom said lining up both half’s of a blank mold is a challenge but not impossible measure twice a cut once. And silicone is another option

https://store.do-itmolds.com/Crappie-JigbrSz-132-116brHk-33903brCollar-None_p_451.html
Is this the mold in pic
« Last Edit: 11/23/18 14:04 UTC by WALLEYE WACKER »

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Re: Modify the crappie mold
« Reply #5 on: 11/26/18 03:15 UTC »
Jupp guys, thats the mold.
I guess i end up with ordering a blank mold as you suggest.
One way to get both halves lined up is to drill an pilothole straigth thru the mold.
But then i will have fill that hole with epoxie weld.
Is it an good idea to justify that this blank mold (and offcourse some more to save shipping on each item...) is a live or die item come next summer? :P
I gonna keep you posted if i get around to do this project.