Homemade Christmas gift Idea

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  1. Maple_Ridge

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    Hey all- Christmas is coming! And this year I need to make a homemade gift for a sportsman.

    Last year, I made this knife. Was a fun project, kinda time consuming but turned out nice.

    Anyone have ideas on a gift? I am racking my brain and not coming up with something practical at the moment. Thanks! 20191224_131745.jpg
     
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    Yes - very nice.

    My FIL made turkey box calls for gifts one year. Don’t have a pic in my phone but they look nice and sound nice as well. Now that he has passed it seems they are even more special.
     
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    I was thinking game calls. You can buy game call parts pretty cheap. Some calls do require some specialty tools like a lathe, but when I first started I used a drill and some hand tools.
     
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    Box calls are pretty easy to make.
     
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    Brushy, how hard is it to make grunt calls? Can you order the reed assembly and just make the rest easy enough?
     
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    Yes. I'll see if I can get the link for you for those call parts
     
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    If fisher man One year my brother in law made bunch of walleye harness,s and gave to me,l loved it
     
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    Thanks brushy!!! I ordered grunt tubes and also a turkey box call kit...will be spending some time making them but worth it for family!
     
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    Maple_Ridge Don’t forget your old Uncle Roger you never met!! LOL I think that is so cool that you do that!! So easy to get someone a gift card and say well I’m done shopping! But to take the time to make something for someone is a keepsake forever!!! Hats off to you and I hope the Game Gods have and will shine on you the rest of the seasons!
    Roger
     
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    I can give you some pointers on tuning the call guts when you get to assembly
     
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    Thanks! I bought the adjustable kind of grunt call. Any tuning tips are appreciated!

    Got 1 coat of urethane on em...1 more to go!

    Merry Christmas!!
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    They look sweet. Take the plastic reed and hold length wise between thumb and index finger. Squeeze some pressure until it flexes. Turn it so it flexes up. Once you determined the up flex this will be the upside of the reed when you place it on the tone board. The position and length on the tone board matters, especially when you want the call to blow easily and softly. You can also slightly bend the tip of the reed up to aid with this. It takes some trial and error to get it to blow the way you want it.