simple balsa floats

jonbhoy

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just a wee post for how to do simple balsa floats, quite easy to do yourself and cheap. i use 5mm and 25mm balsa dowel, and cocktail sticks to form the shape. fixed in place using revell model glue, and painted with acrylic model paints. tried with enamel model paint but the season would be closed before they dry. so acrylic works a treat and seems to be durable enough. used these wee numbers for the last 3-4 seasons.
i used a 2mm drill bit to make the hole in the 5mm balsa dowel (to fit cocktail stick)
glue cocktail stick into 5mm dowel and leave to dry.
then use the 2mm drill bit to make hole through the centre of the 25mm balsa dowel, then a 4mm drill bit to make a hole down halfway through the top,
then sand 25mm dowel to the desired shape, once you have the shape you want, glue and fit the dried cocktail stick into the 25mm dowel, going down through the top for a tight fit, and leave to dry.
once dry, lightly sand and paint to suit yourself, i use olive and white, the reason for white is i am colour blind, if i use other colours i sometimes loose the float depending on the background. white works for me so use whatever works for you.
 

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just a wee post for how to do simple balsa floats, quite easy to do yourself and cheap. i use 5mm and 25mm balsa dowel, and cocktail sticks to form the shape. fixed in place using revell model glue, and painted with acrylic model paints. tried with enamel model paint but the season would be closed before they dry. so acrylic works a treat and seems to be durable enough. used these wee numbers for the last 3-4 seasons.
i used a 2mm drill bit to make the hole in the 5mm balsa dowel (to fit cocktail stick)
glue cocktail stick into 5mm dowel and leave to dry.
then use the 2mm drill bit to make hole through the centre of the 25mm balsa dowel, then a 4mm drill bit to make a hole down halfway through the top,
then sand 25mm dowel to the desired shape, once you have the shape you want, glue and fit the dried cocktail stick into the 25mm dowel, going down through the top for a tight fit, and leave to dry.
once dry, lightly sand and paint to suit yourself, i use olive and white, the reason for white is i am colour blind, if i use other colours i sometimes loose the float depending on the background. white works for me so use whatever works for you.

what a great post ,thanks very much for taking the time to do this . what sandpaper do you recomend
 

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I Use any medium to course sandpaper to shape the 25mm dowel, then down to fine sandpaper before you paint and between coats.
I just slip 2 float bands up my line to attach the float, ideal for fishing different depths, just slide up and down to suit.
 

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Love a good DIY post, you've made a lovely job of those!
Nothing better than using gear you've made yourself.
Nice one!
 

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Looks perfect. A half inch of orange below the black for me , for long trotting.
Perfect for prawn and shrimp.
Only problem is.......... Prawn and shrimp are now banned on all the waters I fish.

******.
Great float though.
 

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A slimmed down version would be perfect for grayling.

It was the grayling floats i was using at the start, no3 i think it was, ive made mine along the same lines, balsa is easy to work with so you can shape them to suit yourself. We are still ok on the ayr for shrimp (for now), but ive done ok floating worm.
 

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Nice work..

Very nice jonbhoy... I feel another project coming on :D
What weight do they end up as ?
Cheers

HH
 

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Where can a man buy balsa dowels in Ireland can’t seem to find them anywhere thanks ?
 
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