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Thick meat sandwich decoy

Postby Goldfish » Sat Jul 25, 2015 11:45 am

I made a couple foam heads so far with about 1" wide wood for the middle of the sandwich. Only thing I should have done differently was carve the bill before I glued the foam on, but live and learn.
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Re: Thick meat sandwich decoy

Postby Rick » Sat Jul 25, 2015 1:04 pm

Perhaps because I don't know pecans about making decoys, but that's the first time I've seen that technique.
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Re: Thick meat sandwich decoy

Postby Olly » Sat Jul 25, 2015 2:35 pm

Me too, did you come up with that one your own? Very clever if you did.
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Re: Thick meat sandwich decoy

Postby DeadEye_Dan » Sat Jul 25, 2015 4:56 pm

Pretty slick
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Re: Thick meat sandwich decoy

Postby Goldfish » Sat Jul 25, 2015 11:11 pm

Just don't have apoxie sculpt yet, plus it's expensive, and I figure wood for the bill would be stronger. The wood is free from work, and the foam was found/given to me, so up until today when I bought tightbond and a composite deck board for the keels, I had zero dollars into these birds.
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Re: Thick meat sandwich decoy

Postby Goldfish » Sat Jul 25, 2015 11:14 pm

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Re: Thick meat sandwich decoy

Postby Bad17 » Sun Jul 26, 2015 8:03 am

Sweet Goldie.
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Re: Thick meat sandwich decoy

Postby Goldfish » Sun Jul 26, 2015 1:53 pm

So I guess to answer your question directly Olly, yes I thought if it on my own. Didn't seem to be a hit with the decoy Carvers tho. Lots of "why not just do all wood" or "that seems like a lot of work"
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Postby Olly » Sun Jul 26, 2015 6:01 pm

As a non Carver it got my approval for whatever that's worth.
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Re: Thick meat sandwich decoy

Postby DeadEye_Dan » Sun Jul 26, 2015 6:12 pm

As a non-carver hunter/shooter - I wouldn't bother with wood in any decoy. All the custom decoys I have use 16wt foam for the heads that take 12ga loads better than any wood.
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Postby Goldfish » Sun Jul 26, 2015 10:54 pm

You know how expensive foam molds, much less the foam, is tho? It's stupid.
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Re: Thick meat sandwich decoy

Postby Olly » Mon Jul 27, 2015 6:47 am

Goldfish wrote:You know how expensive foam molds, much less the foam, is tho? It's stupid.

I looked into the foam molds once. If you're craving decoys to save money you'd have to crank out more than a few dozen to make it worth it if I remember right.
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Re: Thick meat sandwich decoy

Postby Woody » Mon Jul 27, 2015 11:16 am

Olly wrote:
Goldfish wrote:You know how expensive foam molds, much less the foam, is tho? It's stupid.

I looked into the foam molds once. If you're craving decoys to save money you'd have to crank out more than a few dozen to make it worth it if I remember right.


Oh yeah, there is no money savings.
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Re: Thick meat sandwich decoy

Postby Botiz630 » Mon Jul 27, 2015 5:43 pm

You might as well just do the whole thing out of wood.
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Re: Thick meat sandwich decoy

Postby Botiz630 » Mon Jul 27, 2015 5:44 pm

Also, seems like a lot of unnecessary work?
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Re: Thick meat sandwich decoy

Postby DeadEye_Dan » Mon Jul 27, 2015 7:14 pm

Yah - find a molds on eBay, buy them cheap and build your spread, sell them to some one else.
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Re: Thick meat sandwich decoy

Postby Goldfish » Tue Jul 28, 2015 3:13 am

Hardy haar titz
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Re: Thick meat sandwich decoy

Postby Botiz630 » Tue Jul 28, 2015 6:19 am

Goldfish wrote:Hardy haar titz


On a serious note, I'm in the same boat you are in that apoxie sculpt is only an option through ordering online, and I can't bring myself to pay more in shipping than the price of the product itself. Especially when I'm only doing a handful of decoys.

What I came up with was to carve the head completely out of foam, and burlap/mastic it to the body. Then I got some of that epoxy putty that you can mix together and fashioned a rudimentary bill out of it, sunk a small dowel in it and then glued that dowel into the face of the decoy.

Here's a pic, I've got some glue seepage to clean up but for the basic gunners I'm making I'm happy enough with the result.

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Re: Thick meat sandwich decoy

Postby Woody » Tue Jul 28, 2015 10:55 am

Is that wood glue in the background? Are you thinking about doing some restle coat decoys?
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Re: Thick meat sandwich decoy

Postby Botiz630 » Tue Jul 28, 2015 11:56 am

It is wood glue, but no I'm not. I'm pretty much done with the decoys I'll be making for this season. After season when I get back into I'll maybe give that a try.
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Re: Thick meat sandwich decoy

Postby Woody » Tue Jul 28, 2015 4:27 pm

Botiz630 wrote:It is wood glue, but no I'm not. I'm pretty much done with the decoys I'll be making for this season. After season when I get back into I'll maybe give that a try.


That's what I thought you had told me, but I got all excited.
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Re: Thick meat sandwich decoy

Postby Goldfish » Tue Jul 28, 2015 9:50 pm

I'll be restle coating these
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Re: Thick meat sandwich decoy

Postby Woody » Wed Jul 29, 2015 5:26 am

Goldfish wrote:I'll be restle coating these


Unless you are shipping them to Michigan, I'm not excited.
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Re: Thick meat sandwich decoy

Postby Botiz630 » Wed Jul 29, 2015 7:17 am

Post some pics of the process if possible.
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Re: Thick meat sandwich decoy

Postby Goldfish » Thu Jul 30, 2015 2:07 am

Of restle coating? Or my carving of the foam, because I forgot to take those pics
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Postby Botiz630 » Thu Jul 30, 2015 4:11 am

The restle coating. I've seen some how-to's online but if you're able to post some pics and give some commentary as you go through it I would appreciate it.
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Re: Thick meat sandwich decoy

Postby Goldfish » Fri Jul 31, 2015 2:56 am

I haven't ever done it before. Just figured glue watered down a little, throw some saw dust on it, do it again a couple times with letting it dry in between...
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Re: Thick meat sandwich decoy

Postby DeadEye_Dan » Fri Jul 31, 2015 7:03 pm

Did some several years ago with Titebond and crushed walnut hulls (hamster bedding)...those things were bullet proof
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Re: Thick meat sandwich decoy

Postby Goldfish » Sat Aug 01, 2015 1:08 am

I've got a gallon of titebond 2 in the garage, with a 5 gallon bucket of saw dust from home depot.

Apoxie sculpted the eyes in, smoothed the neck and tail board. Cut a couple keels (not installed yet), and added weight to the Mandarin so it'll self right
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Re: Thick meat sandwich decoy

Postby RickC » Wed Aug 05, 2015 9:31 pm

Looking good, do them whatever way makes you happy
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