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    Homemade turkey calls

    I've done a few with my last attempt turning out very well. Here's my first and second time around around.






    The slate on the bottom left was my second try, the rest were the first. The first time around I didn't get too picky, just wanted to see if I could do it. The second I put much more time in to it. I'm now in the process of making another box, push button, and a glass slate. Also have plans on trying an owl hooter. My dad has a nice little cabinet shop set up in his garage and that's a big plus. Not sure how I would do the pots for the slates without the use of his wood lathe. Once I get these new ones done I'll post some picks up.


    All the wood I use is reclaimed from either pallets or trim scraps from our cabinet shop at work. The box is mahogany. I pulled a ruff cut 2"x4" about 48" from a pallet. Didn't know what I had at first but I knew it was very dense so I kept it. The push button is made from red oak that I also pulled from a pallet. I ripped the boards down to a 1/4" and then run them trough the plainer. Both striking surfaces on the push button are made from black walnut though, it came from an old barn beam. The pan call on the right is just poplar with the slate from old roof tiles. A buddy gave me a box from an old demoed roof slate. There's a mix of gray and black slate in the box. The black works the best but I think the gray would make and excellent kee kee type call, really high pitched. The final slate, on the left, I made the pot out of scrap cedar and the sound board is actually a piece of 26 ga sheet metal. I tried a few wood ones but was looking for a real raspy tone. I found online where someone was using metal for it's raspy quality and as it turns out it works great. The slate is again old black roof slate
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    Re: Homemade turkey calls

    Have had some extra time on my hands so I built some new turkey calls. Got theses three box calls done so far. I have plans for two more boxes, 5 slates, & 5 push buttons. I might try some owl hoots as well. Kinda wana put little kits together to give to family.



    Left to right:
    1 side, purple heart & oak
    2 side, purple heart, black walnut, & oak
    2 side, cherry & black walnut












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    Homemade turkey calls

    Nice lookin calls!
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    Re: Homemade turkey calls

    are you going to look into selling them? I'd be interested in one of the box or a slate call! 8-)
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    Re: Homemade turkey calls

    Quote Originally Posted by 09DreamSeason
    are you going to look into selling them? I'd be interested in one of the box or a slate call! 8-)

    Actually, yes in the near future. Really wasn't planning on it but I got some stellar deals on materials so I figure why not.
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    Re: Homemade turkey calls

    I'd really like to have a box call.....my season starts April 9th here in Colorado. What's the possiblity of getting one shipped to me in the next week or so? What about price? Have you made any youtube video of what they sound like yet?

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    Re: Homemade turkey calls

    Quote Originally Posted by 09DreamSeason
    I'd really like to have a box call.....my season starts April 9th here in Colorado. What's the possiblity of getting one shipped to me in the next week or so? What about price? Have you made any youtube video of what they sound like yet?

    Paul :cool:

    Boy I love to say I could do it but it would be pushing it even by the 15th. I'm not quite up to speed yet. I did just get a bunch of material the other day but I'm still waiting on some. Let me see what I can do and I'll let you know.

    Depending on style the box calls would be around $25 shipped
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    Re: Homemade turkey calls

    I'm also very interested if they become available by mid-April.........

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    Re: Homemade turkey calls

    Quote Originally Posted by dtune
    Quote Originally Posted by 09DreamSeason
    I'd really like to have a box call.....my season starts April 9th here in Colorado. What's the possiblity of getting one shipped to me in the next week or so? What about price? Have you made any youtube video of what they sound like yet?

    Paul :cool:

    Boy I love to say I could do it but it would be pushing it even by the 15th. I'm not quite up to speed yet. I did just get a bunch of material the other day but I'm still waiting on some. Let me see what I can do and I'll let you know.

    Depending on style the box calls would be around $25 shipped

    Sounds good to me......... :-o
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    Re: Homemade turkey calls

    Been working on a couple new designs and I now have 3 different styles worked out. The "box" style like I did first, then an "I beam" style, and a "boat paddle" style. Also have been playing with some different woods. I have to say that poplar, cedar, mahogany, and walnut all make for great sounding calls :-o Now I have to start working on these pot calls I've been neglecting :o

    Here's some pics of the new box calls I have done.

    From left to right: poplar/walnut box, spanish cedar/mahogany I beam, spanish cedar/cherry box, poplar/cherry I beam, & cherry/mahogany boat paddle.







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    Re: Homemade turkey calls

    Can't wait to get mine! 8-)

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    Re: Homemade turkey calls

    Me too! :-o
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    Re: Homemade turkey calls

    Very nice calls

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    Got some pot calls almost done......

    .....just need to Gorilla glue the surfaces in.






    Left to right: cherry/slate over glass, coffee bean/black anodized aluminum over glass, cherry/aluminum over oak, cherry/glass over oak, maple/black anodized aluminum over/oak, and lahti/slate over glass


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    Re: Homemade turkey calls

    Got my box call yesterday and I'm VERY impressed!! It's beautifully made and is quality.........I messed with it for an hour last night until my family was tired of listening to me. Easy to adjust the screw by hand to tune and just beautiful! I'll post some pics later today........ 8-)
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    Re: Homemade turkey calls

    I want a black aluminum pot call next!!! :lol:
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    Re: Homemade turkey calls

    Quote Originally Posted by 09DreamSeason
    Got my box call yesterday and I'm VERY impressed!! It's beautifully made and is quality.........I messed with it for an hour last night until my family was tired of listening to me. Easy to adjust the screw by hand to tune and just beautiful! I'll post some pics later today........ 8-)

    Awesome! I'm so glad your happy with it :-o


    you think your family was tired of hearing after an hour. Mine has been listening to them almost every day for the past month :) I think they are hatching a plan to take me out :D
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    Re: Homemade turkey calls

    Yours look awesome!!! Great job. I made a few for family members then lost access to a lathe. Going to make some in woodshop though.

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    Re: Homemade turkey calls

    I'm still wanting a Black Aluminum Pot !

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    Sorry guys been super busy but I now have some calls available. I'll be posting a new thread in the classifieds :)
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