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A beginner's guide to making a duck call by a beginner



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I'll try to walk you through this and show how to make a call. It's surprisingly easy. I'm very much a beginner and I'm practicing using oak that I got at Lowe's. When I get better I'll use better exotic wood.

If you notice anything that I should be doing different, please point it out.

Cut the blank for the barrel:



Drill the 5/8 hole for the barrel:


Mounted on the lathe:


Turning it down:



Getting a rough shape:


Getting the shape right (actually don't like the shape too much but I'm still working on that)> I use the wrench to get the right size for the band that I will put on the end.:



Final shape complete:



Now for a little sanding:


After sanding I burnish the barrel with the wood chips:


Next post is the insert:



This post was edited on 8/27 at 10:40 am



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BourgsTheWord
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re: A beginner's guide to making a duck call by a beginner


Wow man that looks great.





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Clyde Tipton
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re: A beginner's guide to making a duck call by a beginner


I like where this is going...





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Nodust
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I love making useful gear.

Can't wait to see the finished product






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bbvdd
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Here's the insert:

Get it mounted in the lathe:



Rough Shape:



Change to a chuck and continue the shaping:



Got the shape down:



Install the chuck and drill bit to drill the insert. It's 3.375 inches deep:



Insert drilled:



Finish the shape:



I've already sanded and burnished the insert and here it is installed into the jig:



I use the band saw to cut out a rough shape:









Now to finalize the shape and file it down:



I just use a bastard file:



After that I'll put the reed and cork in and tune it up and put some finish on it.







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bbvdd
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re: A beginner's guide to making a duck call by a beginner


All in all it takes me about an hour on the lathe and filing.

I glued a copper band on it last night and I'll post a pic of the final product when it's done:






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Teyeger
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re: A beginner's guide to making a duck call by a beginner


Thats pretty cool man. Very interesting. How much does a lathe that size usually run?





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bbvdd
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re: A beginner's guide to making a duck call by a beginner


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How much does a lathe that size usually run?


This one is a Jet 1220VS. It's called a midi lathe meaning it isn't full size and it isn't a mini. It also has variable speed. I got it on amazon last year. I'm still learning though.

Here it is on amazonI don't think I paid that much though:

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Slickback
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I'd love to get into woodworking, but I have no artistic skill and am not a very finesse worker.

Looks good, looking forward to seeing the final product.






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