Building a Turpin (part 3)

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Building a Turpin (part 3)

Postby WillowRidgeCalls » June 14th, 2013, 1:06 am

After all the sanding is done to smooth everything out. I use a small T-square to mark the rails and center of the call for the screw.
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Re: Building a Turpin (part 3)

Postby WillowRidgeCalls » June 14th, 2013, 1:09 am

This is what it will look like when everything is marked and it's now ready to go to the drill press to be hewned out. I leave a solid 1/8" of wood on both sides for rail thickness. The screw is a 1/4" infront of the hollow body of the call, and dead center in the block.
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Re: Building a Turpin (part 3)

Postby WillowRidgeCalls » June 14th, 2013, 1:22 am

At the drill press, I put the call in my cross slide vise with small blocks on both sides to protect it, and level the block in the vise. I like a cross slide vise, because it keeps everything level and you can adjust it forwards, backwards, and side to side. It has 7" of travel, enough to do a box call.
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Re: Building a Turpin (part 3)

Postby WillowRidgeCalls » June 14th, 2013, 1:31 am

I use a 1" forstner bit with the center point growned off to hollow out my Turpins, so I get a smooth bottom without any holes in it. I find the highest point on the rail and set the depth of the drill to cut, and center it between the rail marks.
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Re: Building a Turpin (part 3)

Postby WillowRidgeCalls » June 14th, 2013, 1:38 am

I set the depth of the drill at 1-3/4" deep cut. The height of the Turpin is 2-1/8, that leaves a little over a 1/4" thick bottom in the call when your done sanding it.
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Re: Building a Turpin (part 3)

Postby WillowRidgeCalls » June 14th, 2013, 1:43 am

Then I go to the back end and adjust it so it has enough travel to drill out the calls body.
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Re: Building a Turpin (part 3)

Postby WillowRidgeCalls » June 14th, 2013, 1:45 am

Then I crank the vise to the other end and start hollowing out the body.
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Re: Building a Turpin (part 3)

Postby WillowRidgeCalls » June 14th, 2013, 1:50 am

I keep drilling until I reach my other end marks. Cranking the vise 1 turn at a time, so any drill marks inside are very fine and easy to sand off. Leaving 1-1/4" of wood on the front and 1" of wood on the back of the call.
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Re: Building a Turpin (part 3)

Postby WillowRidgeCalls » June 14th, 2013, 2:03 am

Once you have your call hollowed out, then it's back to the disk sander to round the ends of it if you want to?
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Re: Building a Turpin (part 3)

Postby WillowRidgeCalls » June 14th, 2013, 2:09 am

I round both ends of my Turpins. Some only round the fronts and leave the tail ends square. After you have your call shaped the way you want it, it is pretty much done except for your finish sanding and tuning.
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