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Has anyone made any home made duck silos?

I plan to for field hunting. May even make Y board to be adapted for water and field. Looking for ideas and pictures.
 

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Dogman has dozens - he could probably help you out !!! I think he got carried away one weekend a couple years ago!

I do not have any ducks because field hunting for mallards is not really too great here.....but I do have a few dozen Canadas......used luan and 1 x 1/4" flat iron for stakes...real easy project, inexpensive and effective when interspersed with fullbodies.
 

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Got pictures and explaination on how you made them?

I will be buying some corplas and making them like my goose silos and maybe for Y boards.
 

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I used 1/4 luan for the bodies and 3/16 s/s rod for the support.I drew up templates on card board and cut them out,then placed the cutouts on the luan and traced it.
Used a sabre saw to cut out the silos and just kept going till I ran out of luan,wound up with 6 dozen when that was done.I think that was 2 1/2 sheets all together.
To attach the rods I cut a 3/16 slot under the silo using an end mill but a roto zip bit will do the same.I used a drill press with a bolted on vise attached to it.The vise acted as a solid base to lay the silo on to give it stability while cutting the slot.The vise's jaws are open enough to allow the bit to drop inside them so the silo can be fed across the top of the jaws and cut the slot.This takes a little practice because the bit tends to "pull"the work to one side but you want it to go straight.Practice on scrap first.
I cut the slot about 3 ' into the silo.The rods are cut to 12 " and I belt sanded the end that goes into the ground to a point.The other end presses into the slot(they are they same size so it will be a little snug,which is what you want).
To install the rod first apply a little Ultimate glue to the slot and the rod end,then just press it into place.Because the fit is tight you should be able to hold the silo by the rod without it coming loose.This way you can put the silo aside while the glue dries and work on the next one(just don't lay them on top of each other or they stick together).
If you use coroplast,try heating the rod up before you push it in,it will melt into the plastic and make a tight seal on the rod.

For painting I just sanded the luan and used exterior latex primer and paint,walmart stuff nothing fancy.
 

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Did you use a brush paint or spray paint? I like using spray on my Canadian silos but I think making Mallard hens will require a brush for lots of detail.

Why the black silos, contract for attention? Have you hunted with the black ones? Will they land in them or flare off?
 

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Black ducks galore in these parts so a black deke will compliment a spread nicely.
I like to use a small brush on detail and a spray can for the rest.I'm not trying to get birds to biulld nests and lay eggs,just get them to come close enough for a decent shot. :mrgreen:
 

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Where can you get the materials to make silos? It's corrugated plastic sheets, right? I love making my own gear and this would be a great off season, like today, project.
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:cool: Nice duck silos, thanks for the info. Like the geese archeryrob did also. Nice 4-post drafting table by the way, I have on parked under my reloading equipment. They are great and getting easier and cheaper to get for all those looking for a great workbench. :thumbsup:
 

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HuntMQ1 said:
Where can you get the materials to make silos? It's corrugated plastic sheets, right? I love making my own gear and this would be a great off season, like today, project.
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Look for sign shops and call and ask. I got mine for $11.50 for a 4x8 sheet and 4mm thick.
 

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archeryrob..........thanks for the sign making bus. info. Ran a Google.com search for the stuff, found a sign making supplier in Chicago. He sells 18"x24" white sheets in stacks of 50 for $38. WAY cheaper to make silos at this price than it is to buy them from Bass Pro, Cabelas, etc.... I'll post some pics later on to show off the handy work. Good luck and be safe to all those goin' after the snows!
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