Cocobolo Duck Call

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Project by Billy Bauer posted 02-28-2013 06:19 PM 3096 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I wanted to make a duck call, since I have limited tools at my house I decided to purchase a pri drilled duck call blank. The upper part was drilled to 3/4” and the lower one was drilled with a 31/64” drill bit. I decided to cut my upper blank to 3.5” the call blank is 1.5”X 1.5”X 4”. I came up with a design on some paper and started to turn the upper. I didn’t see that there was a crack all the way through my call blank. I started to turn it and the crack started to get bigger. So I stopped and glued the blank. I waited for a while and then started to turn the upper blank. I then turned the bottom piece and made sure to make a tight fit where the end of the top and bottom meet. After i was done sanding I decided to finish the call with a polyurethane spray on finish. I forgot that cocobolo is a very oily wood so the finish ended up a very tacky texture. I took off the finish and added a boot polish. I like the look of this call, too bad I don’t know how a duck sounds. I want to get into duck hunting. So I thought “Why not make your own call?”

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#1 posted 02-28-2013 06:56 PM

Looks very nice. With Cocobolo being so dense, if you run out of ammo you can resort to hitting the ducks over the head with the duck call. That would do the trick too.

-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#2 posted 02-28-2013 07:01 PM

Looks like you are off to a good start. I have a tip for you if you don’t mind. I turn a lot of calls on that type mandrel and sometimes they don’t want to center. Turn two cones out of hardwood with a 3/16” hole drilled through them and use them as jam chucks on each side of your barrel. Just thread one on the mandrel then your wood then the other cone and it will always center the wood perfectly.

-- Tommy,

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#3 posted 02-28-2013 09:32 PM

Nice work. I just started getting into turning them and believe me, there is a lot of money to spend in tools of the trade. You made a good decision on starting simple. Your call turned out really nice. If you need hints/tips on where to buy certain components, send me a PM. I’ve been obsessing over these things for the past few months and have finally found a set of components that make pretty solid calls. Keep up the good work.

-- Measure, cut, curse, repeat.

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#4 posted 02-28-2013 09:38 PM

Very nice looking turning : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#5 posted 03-01-2013 12:25 AM

Nice job on the duck call. I love working with Cocobolo, but you have to be careful with the dust.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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