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Making your own calls?

Postby rcase1234 » Fri Feb 15, 2013 3:12 pm

Hey everyone. I see some people are making their own calls and I'm wondering how to do it. Is it hard? How expensive is it? I'm not looking at making a lot maybe a couple for myself and some friends. I found a website today with game call starter kits for $35 and I was wondering if it comes with everything I need to make one. Here's the link:

http://www.hutproducts.com/prodinfo.asp?number=3302
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Re: Making your own calls?

Postby Bo Beaver » Fri Feb 15, 2013 5:43 pm

The picture in the link is of a deer grunt tube. I didn't see the pic for their duck call, but it does appear that everything is there parts-wise for the grunt tube so the duck call will probably come with everything as well. I like the fact that it comes with a mandrel. Turning a call barrel and stopper is not difficult, it is however, rather expensive to get into unless you have all the machinery and tools to do it already. The difficulty comes when you make the leap to making your own toneboards. There are some good call makers on DHC. For me it's a hobby. If you have any questions you can pm me anytime I'm happy to help.

Here's one of mine in Bocote with a brass band and an echo poly double reed timber insert.

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Re: Making your own calls?

Postby WoodyWhiffingMG » Fri Feb 15, 2013 8:14 pm

Beaver is right, it is not cheap.

But if you look around you can find the stuff you need for a good deal.
Mainly you will need the following:

Lathe (got mine used for $70, you can get a cheap new one for $120 to $140)
http://www.harbofreight.com/14-inch-x-40-inch-lathe-with-7-inch-sander-67690.html
Or
http://www.harborfreight.com/8-inch-x-12-inch-bench-top-wood-lathe-95607.html
Drive Chuck ($61)
http://m.grizzly.com/products/5-4-Jaw-Wood-Chuck-3-4-x-16-TPI/H8041
Drill Cuck ($35) (and possibly an adapter)
http://www.pennstateind.com/store/TM42.html
Adapter example:
http://www.pennstateind.com/store/LABAR418.html
Knives ($20)
You can get them at Harbor freight

All in all your are looking at a couple hundos....

Make sure you do your research and get parts that match (threads are right).
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Re: Making your own calls?

Postby rcase1234 » Fri Feb 15, 2013 10:54 pm

So, should I try buying one of those kits for $35 to make my own call? Like I said I really wanna only make one for myself and I just really think it would be cool to make the wood barrel
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Re: Making your own calls?

Postby WoodyWhiffingMG » Fri Feb 15, 2013 10:56 pm

Do you have a lathe?
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Re: Making your own calls?

Postby rcase1234 » Fri Feb 15, 2013 10:58 pm

No. I'm guessing I need one for this kit?
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Re: Making your own calls?

Postby WoodyWhiffingMG » Fri Feb 15, 2013 11:10 pm

Yes, but it is 100% worth it!

I stumbled across mine at a garage sale last summer, and now I can't get enough of call making... It is a blast!
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Re: Making your own calls?

Postby WoodyWhiffingMG » Fri Feb 15, 2013 11:15 pm

Here is a video of how it is done to give you an idea:
http://m.youtube.com/#/watch?v=77URramTj44&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3D77URramTj44
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Re: Making your own calls?

Postby rcase1234 » Sat Feb 16, 2013 12:11 am

Well for that much money to only make a few calls for myself and possibly some friends that money ain't worth it especially since I'll probably screw a few up. I'll stick to buying ones that work fine. Thanks though everyone.
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Re: Making your own calls?

Postby muskyduck » Sat Feb 16, 2013 5:39 am

Just started getting into it this season myself. Was sick of buying calls to do certain things with different volume and not happy with the results. Decided to just make them to my specifications. Most of the above is the short version of the costs. When you start getting into it, the little things really start to add up. Plan on a grand as a safe bet.
Examples:
Drill bits (that's an expensive one cause you want quality especially when drilling acrylic inserts), chucks, CA and other finishes, reeds, call bands, blanks (acrylic/wood), lots of sacd paper at different grits, insert jig (or block of aluminum to make your own, etc.

Then you have the big stuff like lathe, drill press, lathe chisels, Dremel tool for touch up work, even wood for a separate work bench. $$$$$, but all worth it in the end. You will second guess your self at first, but once you are making your own calls and you can use the fruits of your labor, it is all worth it. Plus if you know calls and can actually turn one, you can start by selling a few on Craigslist,com and get some or all of that money back. Revisit it when you have some extra cash to use. :thumbsup:
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