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Handcrafting Custom Turkey Calls / Re: Another question
« Last post by AndyWhitson on April 19, 2018, 07:24:34 PM »
Well I dont directly work for Cummins but I work for a company that does work for Cummins. Thanks. I assume this (in the picture) is what a glass soundboard is? Could that also be used as the "friction surface" the top piece that the striker rubs against. I am have trouble differentiating between the two. I know where they go and their purpose I just wonder if one will work for the other. Hard to type what I mean LOL

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Handcrafting Custom Turkey Calls / Re: Another question
« Last post by Evan @ CBC Custom Calls on April 19, 2018, 04:35:25 PM »
I get mine from Shipleys Outdoors.  3" single strength for soundboards in a 3.5" pot
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Handcrafting Custom Turkey Calls / Re: Another question
« Last post by LagrueCustomCalls on April 19, 2018, 03:22:44 PM »
Andy, which suppliers have you tried? I've not had any problem finding glass soundboards...

BTW, you're in Columbus IN - you don't work for Cummins Inc do you?
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Handcrafting Custom Turkey Calls / Another question
« Last post by AndyWhitson on April 19, 2018, 12:42:05 PM »
I am having the hardest time finding glass sound boards online. I can find glass friction boards. The only sound boards I am able to find are Acrylic, Wood or ABS. Will the glass friction boards work as sound boards. Thanks for bearing with my questions, maybe I'm over thinking it.
Andy
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Custom Call Making Tutorials & Tips / Re: Call Rotisserie
« Last post by James Strickland on April 19, 2018, 10:08:41 AM »
Thanks, guys.  It was a fun build.
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Custom Call Making Tutorials & Tips / Re: Call Rotisserie
« Last post by B Hoover on April 19, 2018, 08:09:38 AM »
Looks good James.
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Custom Call Making Tutorials & Tips / Re: Call Rotisserie
« Last post by LagrueCustomCalls on April 18, 2018, 10:59:46 PM »
Very nicely engineered James!
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Custom Call Making Tutorials & Tips / Call Rotisserie
« Last post by James Strickland on April 18, 2018, 05:39:57 PM »
So, I've been experimenting with a lot of different finishes lately.  Some are dipped, some are sprayed, and some are applied on the lathe.  For those that are applied on the lathe or sprayed, I found that, in some cases, I was battling drips and sags as the finish cured while hanging vertically in my finish cabinet.  To combat this, I wanted to create some way to allow my call parts to cure in a horizontal position while rotating.  To me, this would reduce/eliminate drips and sags since the call part would be constantly rotating.  I scoured the internet and found a few ideas that inspired the contraption below.

It was pretty simple to make.  It used the finishing dowels I had already made and was using for several of my finishes.  Plus, the only thing I had to purchase was the big, plastic container.  Everything else was found in my shop.  Pics below along with a link to a short video of it in operation.  Works pretty well so far.

It's basically a plate-spinning motor from an old microwave mounted to some scrap lumber.  I made a wooden "plate" and attached it to the motor.  The "plate has holes drilled of different sizes that correspond to the three different sized dowels I use to hold call parts for finishing.  The whole contraption is screwed down to the lid of the plastic tub.  The tub is there to keep the calls as dust free as possible while the finish cures. 

Video link: 


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Handcrafting Custom Turkey Calls / Re: Newby questions
« Last post by Evan @ CBC Custom Calls on April 18, 2018, 12:45:20 PM »
Yes, the distance between the playing surface and soundboard is absolutely critical, but open to experimentation.  A good starting point is to keep it around 1/8" to 3/16". 

Definitely read through the tutorials.  There is some fantastic info there.  This thread is a good place to start http://thogamecallsforums.com/index.php/topic,10127.0.html
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Handcrafting Custom Turkey Calls / Re: Newby questions
« Last post by AndyWhitson on April 18, 2018, 12:00:59 PM »
Thanks. Another question. There used to be some pictures on this site with pot call dimensions but seem lost probably due to the Photobucket issue. What is the distance between the bottom of the friction surface and the top of the sound board? Is that a critical dimension or does everyone make that distance different?
Thanks
Andy
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