Building a Turpin (part 1)

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Building a Turpin (part 1)

Postby WillowRidgeCalls » June 13th, 2013, 11:08 pm

When building a box call, you'll want to look for as straight a grain as possible, and for a wood that has a tight grain in it,for the best sound for the box. This is a piece of 3" x 9" x 12" Walnut. I'm cutting the box out of the bottom right side of this block, I'll cut the top section off when I cut it to the correct height I need, because near the top the grain starts to change angles, you want the grain in the box as horizontal as you can get it.
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Re: Building a Turpin (part 1)

Postby WillowRidgeCalls » June 13th, 2013, 11:17 pm

Then I cut a straight edge along one side of the block, to give it a good square edge.
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Re: Building a Turpin (part 1)

Postby WillowRidgeCalls » June 13th, 2013, 11:23 pm

Then I set the saw to the thickness I want to cut my box slab off at. With a Turpin I use a 1-1/4" wide slab. I cut it just a little bigger to allow for sanding.
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Re: Building a Turpin (part 1)

Postby WillowRidgeCalls » June 13th, 2013, 11:29 pm

Then I make my cut, holding the blocks square edge tight against the rail, and saw completely through the block using a push stick to get my 1-1/4" slab. Anytime you cut a piece of wood that isn't real wide, use a push stick to help you instead of your fingers, it's easy to make a new push stick. If the blade grabs and throws that block back at you, it keeps your fingers out of the blade.
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Re: Building a Turpin (part 1)

Postby WillowRidgeCalls » June 13th, 2013, 11:43 pm

Once you have your slab cut, lay it on it's side and measure the height you want to cut your box to. I cut mine at 2-1/2", because the height of a Turpin is 2-1/8".
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Re: Building a Turpin (part 1)

Postby WillowRidgeCalls » June 13th, 2013, 11:50 pm

Once you set your saw to cut to the height of the slab you want, I cut off the top of that slab where it started to change grain angle. Using my push stick, I cut the slab to the height I want.
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Re: Building a Turpin (part 1)

Postby WillowRidgeCalls » June 13th, 2013, 11:56 pm

When your done cutting, you'll have a 1-1/4" x 2-1/2" x 12" slab. The grain is almost horizontal in this slab.
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Re: Building a Turpin (part 1)

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Re: Building a Turpin (part 1)

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