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Call making

Postby duck slayer02 » Sat Feb 16, 2008 9:43 pm

Where can you get acrylic rods for making duck calls? Howe much do they cost? I am interested in starting to make duck calls.
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Postby fowl_wishes » Sat Feb 16, 2008 10:14 pm

Have you ever made duck calls before? I have not, but i have a few friends that have. And fromt alkin to them i wouldnt start out with acrylic! Would be easier (not to mention cheaper) to use a cheaper type wood.
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Postby talkinquack » Sun Feb 17, 2008 7:36 pm

I wouldn't start out with acrylic. If your just starting out wood would be a lot easier till you got the hang of it. You can get acrylic rod from www.hutproducts.com

Clear rod runs about $14 a foot and colored runs about $30 a foot.
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Postby duck slayer02 » Mon Feb 18, 2008 6:01 am

How do you make the calls out of acrylic? Do you have to machine them? We were thinking about making just one or two acrylic duck calls, and see if we want to keep making them.

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Postby talkinquack » Tue Feb 19, 2008 11:34 am

duck slayer02 wrote:How do you make the calls out of acrylic? Do you have to machine them? We were thinking about making just one or two acrylic duck calls, and see if we want to keep making them.

David


Acrylic calls are made the same way as wooden calls. You turn them on a lathe and cut em' down just like wood.
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Postby kms399 » Wed Mar 12, 2008 8:35 pm

check this site out http://www.customcalls.com there are some really good guys on this site and they will help you out.
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Postby Idahofowlweather » Thu Mar 13, 2008 3:19 pm

Al is a good place to get acyrlic rod, he marks it up but not as much as Hut does... if your looking for a diffrent color you make have get is strait up from Delvie's now your going to get stuck with 4ft of rod but you can sell it in 4 in sections on Ebay and get your money back big time...

also watch ebay... good luck and have fun... there is alot more to making a duck call than just a lathe...But we can help you out on the CCO with that...

* Al also has a great Tutorial page that will help you out a ton
http://www.thogamecalls.com/

http://www.delviesplastics.com/mm5/merc ... crylic_Rod
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Postby RiverMan » Thu Mar 13, 2008 7:58 pm

It is almost a must that you turn acrylic on a oil bath lathe.If you use a wood lathe it will scorch when it gets hot! Then you can take your 30$+ a foot acrylic and throw it in the trash.I wouldnt recomend starting out with acrylic.....but whatever you do , Good Luck. :thumbsup:
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Postby Idahofowlweather » Thu Mar 13, 2008 10:31 pm

what are you talking about....? you need to turn cast acrylic rod... and I know the 1000s of acrylic calls come from Jet Mini wood lathes... and when I get done I flame polish them with pure heat and no scorching...lol...

Acrylic calls can be turned on wood lathes just fine just make sure your using CAST acyrlic rod...

Jake

P.S. I still think that you boys should turn some Pine first and get the hang of it before you move on to acyrlic but hey my 10 call was acyrlic and I havn't had any major issuies...
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Postby RiverMan » Fri Mar 14, 2008 6:42 pm

Let me say this...I dont know about "cast" acrylic or any other acrylic, for that matter. I do however know an old guy that has made calls for over 40 years and he told me that to turn "acrylic" that it would be much easier to use an oil bath lathe. So you can prevent "scorching" the acrylic. Now ,with that being said. Im no call maker...yet but i think i will take mr. Jim's advice over someone i dont know. Im not trying to start anything. It's just that im 100% sure, he knows his buisness. :no:
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Postby RiverMan » Fri Mar 14, 2008 6:57 pm

Fowlweather, I would like to add ,that i visited your website. You are an awsome caller from listening to the sound files. I'm really considering ordering a call from you guys.Nice looking calls to. :thumbsup:
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Postby Icelander513 » Fri Mar 14, 2008 6:59 pm

RiverMan wrote:It's just that im 100% sure, he knows his buisness. :no:
Don't be so sure about that. Being a callmaker myself and knowing Jake's (IdahoFW) talent when it comes to callmaking... I can assure you that acrylic can be and is successfully turned on a wood lathe. I guarantee that you couldn't tell the difference between a call done on a wood lathe and one done on an oil cooled CNC if the operator knows what he's doing... no doubt about that.
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Postby RiverMan » Sat Mar 15, 2008 3:41 am

Ok fellas, I can see the gang is gathering. You win! :boxing:
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Postby fowl_wishes » Sat Mar 15, 2008 8:24 am




Did ya not watch those last 3 videos? That sure doesnt look like wood to me. And that sure does look like a jet mini lathe to me. there is no reason that you have to use a oil bath CNC machine to turn acrlylic. You just have to go slower by hand and do a little more polishing and finish work.
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Postby RiverMan » Sat Mar 15, 2008 8:45 am

End of discussion...for me. Your right,Im wrong. You win! Ok? :thumbsup:
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Postby Idahofowlweather » Mon Mar 17, 2008 2:56 pm

RiverMan wrote:Fowlweather, I would like to add ,that i visited your website. You are an awsome caller from listening to the sound files. I'm really considering ordering a call from you guys.Nice looking calls to. :thumbsup:


I do want to say that my post was a little rude the way i typed it... i was running out the door to go to a comp for the weekend and I'm sorry it came out that way... its all good in the hood I hope... thanks for the compliments but I'm hardly a good caller... :biggrin: let me know if I can help ya out any way...

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Postby RiverMan » Mon Mar 17, 2008 6:17 pm

I think i was a little rude myself.I apolagize to all......By the way , for what its worth...I misunderstood what the old man told me anyway...Hee hee. I appreciate the offer of help...I just may need it! :smile:
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Postby ducklanyards » Wed Apr 30, 2008 11:38 pm

RiverMan wrote:Fowlweather, I would like to add ,that i visited your website. You are an awsome caller from listening to the sound files. I'm really considering ordering a call from you guys.Nice looking calls to. :thumbsup:


You will not be dissapointed. I have the cold snap, great sounding call and easy to blow.

I decided this year to go all custom calls. I want to help those who are customs call makers. I am envious of their talents!!

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Postby fowl_wishes » Thu May 01, 2008 2:07 pm

ducklanyards wrote:I decided this year to go all custom calls. I want to help those who are customs call makers. I am envious of their talents!!

David


I agree 100%!!!!
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Postby ducklanyards » Thu May 01, 2008 4:59 pm

I still have some calls in the works from different makers. I will show a pic and give some more information about them as they come in.

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Re: Call making

Postby MaxedWaterFowl » Mon Jul 15, 2013 9:25 am

I am new to making calls also and I have a wood lathe. But pretty much I could do it on the wood lathe and what kind of acrylic would work best?
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Re: Call making

Postby Bo Beaver » Thu Jul 25, 2013 9:35 pm

Start with acrylic rod and use SHARP tools.
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