|Project by HalDougherty||posted 07-11-2011 05:25 PM||5180 views||8 times favorited||7 comments|
This is the worlds simplest, easiest to make turkey call in the world! I start out with a 2” X 2” X 5” block of wood, and drill a 1 1/2” hole almost all the way through the block. (actually almost any size will work, but the sound will be different for each) Then I run a saw kerf on a tangent with the hole so I end up with a thin sound board on one side. Next I run the block through the saw to cut the top about 1/8” below the top of the sound board. Years ago I made a jig for my drill press to get the holes in the exact same spot on each block. It doesn’t have to be centered, but each block has to be drilled in the exact same place so you can run a batch of them with the same setup for your saw. ( I couldn’t find it, so that’s why the third photo showing the inside of the call is off center… The drill bit hit the sound board, but it still sounds good…) Cut a spacer from contrasting wood and glue a strip in the saw kerf on each end. It’s a simple task to make a bunch of them. I got started because I was at a Wal-Mart store when they marked down a bunch of turkey decoys to $1.50 each. I bought a truckload of them and put them on E-Bay. There were 4 different decoys, so I put up 4 a week, till every Wal-Mart in the world marked down their overstock and everybody in the world started selling turkey decoys on E-Bay. I spent one day designing this call, the next day making enough to put a call with every auction and the third day dipping the calls in varnish and drying them on a 2X4 with a bunch of dowels stuck in it. It looked very much like a porcupine had run through a wood shop. I also wrote a short 5 page booklet about turkey hunting, calling turkeys and setting up your blind and decoy. I added value to my auctions with the calls and sold out the rest of my decoys. The average price of each auction was $15 plus shipping. I wish Wal-Mart had more decoys to get rid of! Anyway here’s my design. It works with any type wood, the grain can also run in any direction. I cut each call so the sound board is a little thick and tune them by sanding them till they sound ok. There is a left handed and a right handed model. The sound isn’t right if your finger is on the sound board. The walnut call is a right handed call and the mesquite call is a left handed call… You want to cradle the call in one hand and the dowel that’s used as a striker slides over the sound board away from the call. The opening should point away from your body so the sound is focused away from you.
-- Hal, Tennessee http://www.first285.com