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Postby Gibber » Sun Nov 27, 2005 7:08 pm

I have made many styrofoam decoys and while the burlap method is fine i prefer to make mine a little differently. A friend of mine came up with this 25 years ago and it makes a really durable decoy that floats well. After shaping the body using the above shown steps, take the foam and dip it in ( or brush on ) a heavy coat of poly urethane. Use test pieces of foam to be sure the poly does not eat it up as some will. Then stick the whole body into a box or bag full of sawdust. The end produck has a very coarse surface similar to cork and is very hard. I have decoys that are 25 years old and show virtually no wear using this method.
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Postby ISHOOTDIVERS » Sun Nov 27, 2005 7:54 pm

Giiber great tip, similar to some of the original Restle coatings I believe sawdust and another special ingredient :yes:
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Postby NCduckSlayer » Thu Dec 29, 2005 8:03 am

just curious in making some. How long would it take for someone to make 6 or 7 doz. bluebill decoys using this process? Also would it be cheaper to buy herter magnums or make the decoys on here? thanks for the help
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Postby ISHOOTDIVERS » Thu Dec 29, 2005 5:58 pm

This is a cheap way to make dekes, as far as making that many, well how fast can you carve foam and how fast can you burlap?Also materials need dry time.I ended up doing about 4 dozen in a few months span of time, thankfully I had lots of free time
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Postby Deadeye_youth » Fri Dec 30, 2005 11:15 pm

Can all the supplies be bought at home depot?
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Postby ISHOOTDIVERS » Sun Jan 01, 2006 2:43 pm

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Postby Deadeye_youth » Sun Jan 01, 2006 7:25 pm

I was wondering when you'd be back to reply. Thanks! Just making sure so I didnt get there and not find something.
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Postby kyfowler » Thu Jan 05, 2006 5:20 pm

about how heavy is each deek. what size are they. are they durable. what size is your plywood pattern.
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Postby ISHOOTDIVERS » Thu Jan 05, 2006 6:23 pm

I made my own pattern all my dekes are something like 16 inches long or so and up to 8 1/2 inches wide, all depends how big you want em.Weight also varies depending if you weight keels or not, I use about a pound of lead in each keel, also the heads will decide in weight, such as Herters way next to nothing but if you go with heads from Toledo Decoy they got a little weight to them beings they are 2 part.All depends.For durability they do alright, I use custom 12 slottted bags for mine and they have something like 50 hunts over them and are holding up fine, they get beat pretty badly but they do alright.As long as they're killing ducks that's what matters
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Postby kyfowler » Thu Jan 05, 2006 6:27 pm

do you think it will be alright to place them in regular decoy bags or would they get to damaged.
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Postby Skegman » Thu Jan 05, 2006 8:54 pm

Has anybody tryed to make a goose decoy like this ????
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Postby ISHOOTDIVERS » Thu Jan 05, 2006 9:17 pm

You could put them in decoy bags but that is why I own lots of plastics, I prefer quantity for when I use bags which is only for walk-in areas.They will do alright but I'm sure they'll get beat up just like any bag in plastic.

As for goose dekes yeah you can do it just do more layers and what
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Postby Deadeye_youth » Fri Jan 27, 2006 3:45 pm

Does it matter if you put the keel on before you burlap or not?
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Postby luckeyduck69 » Mon Aug 21, 2006 9:03 pm

nice decoys
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Postby luckeyduck69 » Mon Aug 21, 2006 9:08 pm

HY those ar pritty good. even the coot decoy it look, pritty good.i think ile try that and see wot i can do. thanks for the info.
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Postby MarshMonger » Tue Sep 05, 2006 7:29 am

I am about to burlap some magnum bluebills and am curious if I will need to remove the existing paint before adding burlap/mastic? Also is there a preferred way to cut the burlap to best fit the mold? They are herters foamers with built in keels.
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Postby Cub » Tue Sep 19, 2006 7:54 pm

DH,That is some very nice work.I happen to know because I have a few of your deeks :mrgreen:
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Postby duckmedic2 » Tue Sep 26, 2006 6:26 pm

thank you very much this looks like something anyone can do!!! ive always wanted to make a few just for me and see what happens
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Postby SafetyMan » Thu Sep 28, 2006 4:25 pm

MarshMonger wrote:...need to remove the existing paint before adding burlap/mastic?


No, I have gone right over old paint with no ill effects...

Make sure there is no loose paint, and go to work :thumbsup:
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Postby ak_powder_monkey » Sat Oct 07, 2006 12:19 am

as far as painting goes flat krylon?
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Postby Murph » Wed Nov 01, 2006 6:40 pm

I will be making a mess in the kitchen as soon as I get back from Home Depot!
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DOW GREAT STUFF FOAM INSULATION & SEALANT

Postby miller4546 » Sun Jan 07, 2007 12:07 pm

has anyone used "DOW GREAT STUFF FOAM INSULATION & SEALANT". i use a it i make a 1x1 and frame a square 5x 8, and cover both sides with a sheet of plastic , and then ply wood over that to prevent sticking and expansion. i wait 24 hours, and then pull. ply wood off, boom, i got a a large sheet of insulation faom, and i get 15 ducks per sheet. then i use the burlap and mastic , or tile sealer, to cover it and the seal it, and let dry. . and so on. very light weight and easy to do....just curious to know if anyone else does it
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Postby whacknstack20 » Sun Jan 07, 2007 10:21 pm

has anyone tried making full bodies
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Postby miller4546 » Sun Jan 07, 2007 10:44 pm

i have the aluminum molds and heads, but don't have the time, to make the resins, or plastics, and so on,... i find it easier with the foam process quicker and easier
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Do I need a keel

Postby rracioppi » Mon Jan 08, 2007 11:59 am

I have 2 dozen herters foam decoys real old. I want to burlap them but was wondering why I would need to put a keel on them since they do not have one?
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