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Decoy Buoyancy

Postby Rolf » Thu Mar 16, 2017 7:40 pm

Hi to you all....I 'm working on my first gunning decoy a Greater scaup drake. I have a question. When hollowing out the body , how do you make it float in the water properly. So it will stay up right sit right in the water. I used pine for the body. What are the steps you should take to adjust the decoy so when you throw it in the water it will be up right and sitting right in the water. Thanks
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Re: Decoy Buoyancy

Postby Rick » Fri Mar 17, 2017 6:59 am

Welcome, Rolf. Someone here may surprise me, but you might have better luck with that question at http://workingdecoys.net/workingdecoysforum/ which is dedicated to decoy making.
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Re: Decoy Buoyancy

Postby Rolf » Fri Mar 17, 2017 8:50 am

Hi Rick ....Thank you for steering me in the right direction
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Re: Decoy Buoyancy

Postby Rick » Fri Mar 17, 2017 4:24 pm

Your most welcome. Best of luck with it.
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Re: Decoy Buoyancy

Postby aunt betty » Sat Mar 18, 2017 3:46 pm

Believe you're asking how to make them float upright and not tend to blow over.
The concept required is called "center of gravity".
You want your center of gravity to be low on the decoy.
You need to use weighted keels most likely.
Good luck and post some pics of your work.
There are a few decoy purists on WFF who would be interested.
I've heard that it's incredibly stupid to **** around with a crazy man's head.
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Re: Decoy Buoyancy

Postby RickC » Sat Mar 25, 2017 11:59 am

There's a few different methods used and it would also depend if you want to use a keel at all. My puddler I lean towards only using pad weights. With that way I use rubber bands to test different pad weights on the bird in a tub of water. With keels, hollow out the keel with a forster bit or mortice machine and either drop in lead pieces or use lead bird shot. This is one video on the tube that shows a keel weighting method. - https://youtu.be/SSYWmrii2tM It can also get fairly intricate if your making a show bird, but it's not so with a gunner, no-show bird.

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