Duck Calls

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Project by ghost5 posted 02-21-2013 01:33 PM 1133 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here are some of my duck calls. Variety of woods, zebrawood, cocobola, tamboti, rosewood and walnut.

-- Tommy,

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#1 posted 02-21-2013 03:32 PM

These are beautiful and show off your craftsmanship. Thanks for posting. I would love to build my own duck/goose call. Got any pointers? Have you had success with yours?

-- Bob, Indiana, "Well done is better than well said." -Ben Franklin

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#2 posted 02-21-2013 07:20 PM

Hi Bob, Thanks.

I don’t duck hunt anymore it got too expensive. I make these to sell. Duck and goose calls aren’t hard.
Rule #1 NEVER buy the kits from Woodcraft.
Rule #2 if you think they are good enough see rule #1.
I get my Echo inserts (the plastic looking part) from
All types of wood will work but the classic is cocobola. You will need a 5/8” drill bit for a duck call and a 7/8” for goose. The barrel length is around 3”. The metal band at the bottom can be bought from Joe at Brookside.

I turned these using a modified pen mandrel. I made two cones out of cherry with a 3/16” hole in the center to thread onto the mandrel and fit inside the calls to center them. The brass tubes I use on each end to center the wood on the mandrel left to right.

If you need any help please let me know I will be glad to walk you through it.

-- Tommy,

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#3 posted 02-22-2013 12:53 AM

These are awesome!

I just got into turning and would love to make try to make these as I hunt and have many friends that do. The site to get the inserts look awesome.

So you are saying I could just use my pen mandrel? So drill a hole in your piece of wood…. Make a barrel to fit inside that, drill a hole in the barrel to fit on the mandrel? How to you tighten it down without bushings? Does that make sense. I would love to see a picture of your set up if you ever get a chance!

I love the lathe so far, but have found with each new project there is another 100 dollars to spend on chucks, special tools, etc… I know there are other ways to do it cheaper, but everyone is trying to sell you something!

Any help would be appreciated.

Awesome calls

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#4 posted 02-22-2013 01:22 AM

Hi Brandon, Ok here we go. You take a piece of hardwood and turn 2 cones that are about 1” at the wide point and taper down to close to zero. I did this with a piece of wood I drilled a 3/16” hole in then put it on my pen mandrel to turn. Once you have your two cones the pointy ends go inside call barrel and become jam chucks when you tighten your screw on the mandrel. The brass bushings are put on the end closest to your live center so when you tighten the screw it will push your cones into place.

So with the mandrel on the lathe starting from the left you should have a small washer, a cone point toward the live center, space for your barrel, cone point toward your drive, washer, brass spacers to fill out the gap, small washer, screw for the mandrel.

If this doesn’t make sense let me know and i will post a pic for you.

Yes a chuck for calls can be expensive but this system only costs what an inexpensive pen mandrel costs. Mine was $15.

-- Tommy,

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#5 posted 02-24-2013 12:22 PM

Thats great! Thanks for all the great info. That does make sense! I am excited to try it.

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