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Offline David @ Mad Duck Game Calls

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How I make my inserts
« on: March 26, 2015, 03:23:40 PM »
I start out with a 4 1/4" blank, normally the exhaust on my calls is 1 3/4 long and I will use 4.5" blank but I am trying a 1 1/2" exhaust this time.

I mount it in-between centers, round it, and mark where my exhaust will be. 
I used to grab the blank with my chuck, turn the 5/8 tennon and put it in my collet chuck. Actually, I still do this for acrylic, but for wood I don't.

After that I turn the tennon, cut the O-ring groove and turn the exhaust. I also sand it up to 600 while still mounted between centers. (It is not sanded in this picture)

Once I finish sanding I take the drive center out and replace it with my Collet Chuck. I put the insert into the collet chuck, True up the end, drill the whole and step drill it to the size I use. I also sand the end since I was not able to sand it in-between centers.

I drilled this one just a little off-center, so I mount the drill chuck in the headstock with the bit still in it. I put the insert back on the bit and turned the lathe on. Slowly put a pencil up to it until it hits the highest point.

Once you take it out of the chuck, put it into your jig. Put the pencil mark up in your jig. I actually messed this one up a little, but not to bad so it will go on my lanyard. The sound is great. My calls have been lacking a top end (that I like) and this one has it. Sounds absolutely amazing. I saw a post on here and I was having the same problem so I shortened the exhaust by 1/4 and it worked.

Hope this helps someone.
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Re: How I make my inserts
« Reply #1 on: March 26, 2015, 04:13:26 PM »
 :bigup: Very nice job David your doing Very well in these calls!
If it's ok with you I'll put this up top with the Tutorials.

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Re: How I make my inserts
« Reply #2 on: March 26, 2015, 04:19:40 PM »
 :bow: :bow: :bow:  a tutorial.   The thing of dreams.  Great job and you calls are looking great.  I do all my calls on a four jaw start to finish but others will love your approach
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Re: How I make my inserts
« Reply #3 on: March 26, 2015, 04:31:33 PM »
:bigup: Very nice job David your doing Very well in these calls!
If it's ok with you I'll put this up top with the Tutorials.

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Re: How I make my inserts
« Reply #4 on: March 27, 2015, 04:39:52 AM »
I make mine about the same way, with the exception of drilling the tone channel on the lathe.  My 1950's model won't do it.  Great tutorial David!
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Re: How I make my inserts
« Reply #5 on: March 27, 2015, 08:35:57 AM »
Haha. Thanks buddy. Wouldn't be turning anything more then a dowel with out this site.
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Re: How I make my inserts
« Reply #6 on: March 27, 2015, 01:15:25 PM »
Haha. Thanks buddy. Wouldn't be turning anything more then a dowel with out this site.

Agreed!
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Re: How I make my inserts
« Reply #7 on: March 29, 2015, 12:13:04 PM »
David very nice read an very helpful  :thanks:
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Re: How I make my inserts
« Reply #8 on: April 19, 2015, 09:21:04 PM »
Hey David, nice tutorial!
Can you throw up any more picks or steps about how you using and align things on your jig?
How do you control your drill depth?
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Re: How I make my inserts
« Reply #9 on: April 19, 2015, 10:25:52 PM »
Dan,


I have a mark on my drill but, I drill up to that and if gets me pretty close. Then I put it all the way into my jig (using the exhaust as a stop) and cut off enough wood where I have exposed the tonechannel. Don't cut all the way to the jig, just enough to see it. Then I line the end up with a mark on my jig. After that I cut it all out and tune!

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Re: How I make my inserts
« Reply #10 on: April 19, 2015, 10:50:18 PM »
Awesome, it does help. Im trying to keep my dims consistent, so I'm just wondering how others do it!

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Re: How I make my inserts
« Reply #11 on: April 19, 2015, 10:52:07 PM »
There is another thing you can do, I know there is a post on it somewhere. But you use a piece of pvc tk get it the same depth each time.
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Re: How I make my inserts
« Reply #13 on: August 22, 2015, 01:30:16 AM »
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