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OK ...So you need field decoys

Postby Fsbirdhouse » Mon Sep 09, 2019 3:22 pm

Do you have floating decoys? Turn then into field decoys for $1.00 each

Paper Towel holders for a dollar each at Dollar Tree.
Bent like this, make excellent holders for my GHG floating decoys. Grabs them around the Keel.
The ring stand is good. Tested with decoy mounted in front of Toro leaf blower on high at 6 FT
I was able to bend up 49 stands in one long morning.
Made a really simple jig to do bends on. Each stand has two bends
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2- 2 X 2s drilled for 3/8" rod to bend wire on just high enough to allow the stand/wire to slip under.
First bend was at two inches and utilized plywood stop furtherest away in picture. 45* bend
Second bend was made by placing tri-square at edge of ring base and marking place where it's blade crosses wire. This gives best balance to decoy after bend. Be sure to double check your direction of bend. Base should be rolled to where it basically faces ground for second bend.
These towel holders are pretty tough, but tacks can break on one or two out of the 49 I did.
This is simple jig with both ply 'stops' in place. Must place closest jig in place after first bends are made to all stands.
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Posted on DHC in several places for those who might miss it, but think it's valuable enough idea for those who can't afford both field and floating sets of decoys.
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Re: OK ...So you need field decoys

Postby woodduck31 » Thu Sep 12, 2019 8:36 pm

absolutely genius. They look great in that position.
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Re: OK ...So you need field decoys

Postby Mike the Fox » Fri Sep 13, 2019 3:40 am

Just a thought on the tack welds breaking. What if you heated up the metal with a propane torch to make it bend a little easier? Most homeowners have one of those.


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Re: OK ...So you need field decoys

Postby Fsbirdhouse » Fri Sep 13, 2019 12:38 pm

Mike the Fox wrote:Just a thought on the tack welds breaking. What if you heated up the metal with a propane torch to make it bend a little easier? Most homeowners have one of those.


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I suppose you could, but trade-off. Heat bends or re-tack?
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Re: OK ...So you need field decoys

Postby Mike the Fox » Fri Sep 13, 2019 12:43 pm

Retack is fine if you have a welder or knew how to solder or braze. I’m not trying to piss in your Cheerios just offering a suggestion.


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Re: OK ...So you need field decoys

Postby Fsbirdhouse » Thu Jun 10, 2021 9:38 am

So, after bending up and painting the paper towel holder ring stands last season, I wasn't sure I liked the height they stood at, so over the last two days I dug my home made bending jigs back off the shelves, took out all the old bends on the ring stands, and rebent them to a little shorter stance. I like this better.
Before and after together.
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