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Forum topic by Biggamefish posted 06-06-2016 11:24 AM 507 views 1 time favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Biggamefish

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06-06-2016 11:24 AM

I make grunt calls etc. I had a cool idea of inlaying a feather on the call. Basically after the call is final sanded and before you finish it. I have never tried this and don’t really know how to go about it. If anybody has pic or a finish they used to do it please show and tell.

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bondogaposis

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#1 posted 06-06-2016 12:50 PM

I don’t know how to do this myself, but I know it is common practice to inlay feathers on fly rods. If you search fly rod building web sites I’m sure you will find the information that you need.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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Biggamefish

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#2 posted 06-06-2016 07:24 PM

Great idea.

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#3 posted 06-07-2016 10:51 AM

Have you thought about using to attach feather with CA and finish with CA?

Over at IAP folk often attach stuff with CA then cast in resin!

While understand casting process never did it! You can find procedures mentioned over at IAP (international pen turners association).

-- Bill

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#4 posted 06-07-2016 03:18 PM

Meant to say use CA glue to attach feather & finish with same!

Finding win 10 little & new keyboard difficult for this old man.

-- Bill

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Lazyman

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#5 posted 06-07-2016 09:49 PM

Are you talking about an actual feather embedded in the finish or a feather shaped inlay embedded into the wood? (Not that I can help you with either one but that might clarify so you get the help you are looking for)

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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Biggamefish

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#6 posted 06-08-2016 12:17 PM

I am talking about an actual feather. I am thinking if i can get some glue on it and tac it down persay while the glue is still sticky. Then try to do a some sort of build up to protect it, would be the way to do it. Just looking for some sort of finish that would go on easy and not move the feather around while applying it to the call.

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#7 posted 06-08-2016 01:28 PM

You can use a general purpose spray adhesive to fix the feather to the call. Then there are several Rod building epoxy finishes that can be put over the feather. You will need some way to rotate the call at a slow rpm while the epoxy is curing. I used to do it by hand on my rod. turn a half turn every minute for the first 15 minutes then go out to a half turn every 5 min then 10 minutes. This keeps the finish from sagging. Usually after about 4 hours you don’t need to baby sit it but takes about 12 hrs to cure fully. I now have an old rotisserie motor that turn about 8 or 9 rpm just chuck up the rod and lay the epoxy on with a brush while it rotates usually takes 2 coats. Online Anglers workshop, Mudhole are 2 places that stock the finish. just do a search for rodbuilding finish and a number of places will come up.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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Biggamefish

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#8 posted 06-08-2016 05:26 PM

Thanks a bunch John. That will get me started I will try one out shortly might be a total fail on a call but it is worth a try.

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