How to make a duck call insertNov 24th, 2010 | By admin | Category: Shop Talk
Here you will find a complete tutorial on how to turn a duck call insert. Not every call maker does it the same way, therefore this is the method that I use.
I mount the 1″ x 6″ piece of acrylic on the lathe and turn a 5/8″ x 2″ tenon on the side closest to the headstock so that it will then fit into my collet chuck.
The acrylic mounted in my collet chuck.
I now turn all but the end piece (of which I am going to shape later) down to 5/8″.
Drill a 1/4″ hole for the tone channel. I mark the distance on my drill bit and use a drill stop collar. I use a pan underneath to catch all of the cutting lubricant that I use.
Turn the end piece to your desired shape and cut your lanyard groove.
Wet sand the piece using a lot of water and sanding pads from 600 grit to 12,000 mm.
Polish the inside of the insert using a .22 rifle cleaning swab and extension.
Polish the outside of the insert.
Use a parting tool to cut a deep groove next to the collet chuck.
Snap the insert from the collet chuck.
Mount the insert into a duck call jig.
Cut the end and excess material from the jig.
Ready for sanding, polishing and installing reed and cork.