First Turkey Call

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Project by gbrown4 posted 1271 days ago 1306 views 4 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was my first turkey call that I made. A few years back my son and his friends were turkey hunting a lot. I wanted to try my hand at home made turkey calls. I made a jig to rout the base groves at a angle. This particular call I used padauk sides, maple bottom and ends and the top is walnut. I found out later that butternut sides create more of a realistic sound.

I added another call. This one is padauk bottom, butternut sides and maple paddle. It makes a real good sound.

-- Greg, Concordia, Mo

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#1 posted 1271 days ago

Fine looking grease box you have there. Uh, that’s what it sorta looks like to me. :) Hey, I’m a Turkey. Seriously, it looks nice. I’ve see others on here. I’d benefit greatly from a video showing how to ‘play’ one of these. Maybe some pics from other angles would help too. Thanks for posting.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#2 posted 1271 days ago

Nice looking turkey call. The secret isn’t the butternut but the fact that the lid needs to be of a harder wood than the sides. The Padouk is much harder than the walnut. I found that putting grooves in the sides and really thinning them out improves the sound quality. Check out my calls from my projects list they look very similar. I can’t wait to dig out from all this snow and do hunt some turkey myself.

-- Strati Alepidis, Burlington, Ma, Member Red Sox nation

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#3 posted 1271 days ago

Next one you make try cedar for the sound boards purple heart for the handle and base and rosewood for the wedges. Made one a few years ago like this not only makes for a beautiful piece of work but also the closest to the original sound of the Primos 101 box call. Yours looks fantastic, keep up the good work.

-- -Jaymes-

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#4 posted 1271 days ago

Thanks for the info. I made several cedar boxes with either walnut or purple heart. I will try rosewood for the ends. Thanks for the comments.

-- Greg, Concordia, Mo

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#5 posted 1271 days ago

First one I see; never even new they existed.

Do they sound like a turkey?

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#6 posted 1271 days ago

The call made with butternut and maple is really realistic. the first one needs some tweaking. My cedar boxes are pretty dead on. Unfortunately I gave those away to use so no pics.

-- Greg, Concordia, Mo

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#7 posted 1267 days ago

are you sure iti isnt a grease box? ;)

-- Flemming. It's only a mistake if you can't fix it.

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