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PostPosted: December 10th, 2010, 12:59 pm 
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Making your own Foam decoys is VERY inexpensive
and can be a LOT of fun.
Good way to spend some of these winter evenings :D

I use solid blocks of foam from shipping container packing
OR the Orange foam that is used in floating boat docks.

The Orange foam is prefered because it is harder,
but the white packing foam is fine if you burlap the deeks.

First you rough cut the foam with a hand saw (photo 1)

Then you form it with any type of Rasp (photo 2)
(may wish to do this outside, foam beads go EVERYWHERE :lol: )

Now you are read for Burlapping (or painting if using harder foam).
The glue that I use is for putting down Vinyl flooring.
(it doesn't "attack" the foam, like some solvent based glues will).
Just coat the foam with glue, a section at a time,
and strech the burlap over it.
I use some long pins or finishing nails to hold the burlap in place.

Of course, you have to "trim" the burlap as you put it on to avoid Big overlap seams.

After it dries you are ready to paint.
Unlike the plastic deeks, I normally use cheap water based latex.
It will take a couple of coats, as the burlap Soaks up the paint.
And a final spray coat of Flat polyurathane is recomended.

Now for the head:
You can purchase ready made heads (photo 3)
However, they can be expensive unless you want to buy 500 :D

I mostly use heads that I have cut off of torn-up plastic decoys (see photo 4)
The trick is to take a block of wood
(I put a couple of small nails or screws in the "beak forward" side of the block),
and then use some of the spray foam to fill in the inside
of the head and make the wood stay in there


Now I use A couple of Flat washers, and a big "Eye screw",
(just like an eye bolt, but with screw threads)
and screw up through the foam from the bottom of the deek.,
Then into the pilot hole that I have drilled in the
wood block of the head.

Photo 4 shows a finished burlap deek
Photo 5 shows some "non"-burlaped hard foam deeks.

Now there are a couple of ways to add weight or a keel to the bottom of the decoy.
The easiest is to just use a couple of old bolts or a strap weight,
and cover them with burlap and glue while burlaping
the bottom of the deek.

Feel free to add more suggestions or methods,
as I know that there are several others on this site
that have experience making foam deeks.

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PostPosted: December 10th, 2010, 3:36 pm 
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PostPosted: December 10th, 2010, 5:13 pm 
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Very cool Gobama. Thinking about partaking in some of that myself this summer. But you've got wayyyy too much time on your hands. :lol:

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PostPosted: December 10th, 2010, 6:09 pm 
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Thanks for the post Jerry. I have been meaning to do some myself - already have lots of heads and need to get with it. I have diver heads, puddle duck heads, and coot heads.

I wanted to first make a dozen or so coots, but I am thinking now about starting out with a few mallards instead.

I think the main thing holding me back is the foam. Lowes around here doesn't have the 2" thick foam


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PostPosted: December 10th, 2010, 6:53 pm 
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When I first started burlaping them a number of years ago,
I was just using old beat-up herters foam decoys and redoing them.

But when I started spending a lot of time on Tim's Ford and Woods Resv, I discovered the big pieces of Orange Foam. All the boat docks on those lakes are "floating" docks, and when they tear up, you find the Hunks of foam all along the banks.
They also use some very large pieces of the White foam
for packing material when shipping a bunch of the High-tech
equipment used in reaserch park in Huntsville.

Personally, I have never purchased any foam.

Below are some Mallards that I did a few years ago...

After Burlaping them, I applied a coat of some Plastic
based driveway patching cement.
It makes the decoys so tough that will last for MANY years.

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PostPosted: December 10th, 2010, 11:06 pm 
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looks like mess I need to try nd make. I like em.


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PostPosted: December 11th, 2010, 1:35 pm 
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They look good GoBama :drink


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PostPosted: December 11th, 2010, 6:40 pm 
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sale-xgnnz-2099260174@craigslist.org <sale-xgnnz-2099260174@craigslist.org>
Here's a link to a guy on Craigslist that has foam for sale cheap.

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PostPosted: December 14th, 2010, 8:02 pm 
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Hey Mods , Any chance we could get this thread made into a sticky ??

Some really good info .

BTW , good work gobama :cool

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PostPosted: December 19th, 2010, 10:57 pm 
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Where would be the best place to buy just the heads at??? I love how these look and I believe this will be a summer project for me!


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PostPosted: December 19th, 2010, 11:03 pm 
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cladux wrote:
Where would be the best place to buy just the heads at??? I love how these look and I believe this will be a summer project for me!

Herters still sells "some" of the replacement heads.... I think...?
And I feel certian that you could make the G & H "swivel" heads work.
Those that you see in my photo were bought off of ebay... but it was 5 or 6 years ago.

You may wish to post a "want-to-buy" add on some of the larger duck hunting websites.

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PostPosted: December 19th, 2010, 11:07 pm 
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I'm new around here and I find this very interesting. I dabble in decoys a little myself.


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PostPosted: December 19th, 2010, 11:10 pm 
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Thanks Gobama I'll have to look into all that....but thanks again.


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PostPosted: December 19th, 2010, 11:21 pm 
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This is very intersting i may have to try this. i guess their arent any limtations to what you could do huh? what about goose decoys?


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PostPosted: December 19th, 2010, 11:33 pm 
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duckbuster101 wrote:
This is very intersting i may have to try this. i guess their arent any limtations to what you could do huh? what about goose decoys?

Yes!
Just happened to have one of my older styro Goose deeks
in the house that is undergoing some repair and repaint work.

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PostPosted: December 19th, 2010, 11:39 pm 
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hmmmm thats neat i was gonna buy a few goose decoys but them jokers are expensive and i wont use them enough to justify buying a bunch. i will have to look around and find some foam and experiment how big of a piece of foam did you use?


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PostPosted: December 20th, 2010, 7:41 am 
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These guys do alot of foamer work. The link goes straight to the foamer section...seems to be what ya'll are interested in.

May help with some questions. I'm not really into foam....alot of work for something that's not going to last. But on the flip side it's a great starter project if you're not sure you want to carve and it's EXTREMELY cheap compared to cork or wood. Don't need alot of expensive tools.

http://workingdecoys.net/workingdecoysf ... ?board=4.0


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PostPosted: December 23rd, 2010, 3:19 pm 
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decoysearcher wrote:
These guys do alot of foamer work. The link goes straight to the foamer section...seems to be what ya'll are interested in.

May help with some questions. I'm not really into foam....alot of work for something that's not going to last. But on the flip side it's a great starter project if you're not sure you want to carve and it's EXTREMELY cheap compared to cork or wood. Don't need alot of expensive tools.

http://workingdecoys.net/workingdecoysf ... ?board=4.0


I think you will find that a well made foamer will last as long as a cork or wood bird. There is a guy on the other site that had one floating for over a year and the only problem was the paint coming off the wood head he put on it.


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PostPosted: December 23rd, 2010, 4:26 pm 
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Some of todays photos:
#1 shows body and head (is on the right in photo #2)
#2 is 2 deeks that just need a "little" more painting
#3 shows how I put weights on the bottom of the deeks
far right decoy has 2 big bolts Burlaped to the bottom
left decoy, has the weight Screwed and then SprayFoamed
to the bottom of the deek.

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PostPosted: December 24th, 2010, 9:58 am 
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ODHA - II wrote:
decoysearcher wrote:
These guys do alot of foamer work. The link goes straight to the foamer section...seems to be what ya'll are interested in.

May help with some questions. I'm not really into foam....alot of work for something that's not going to last. But on the flip side it's a great starter project if you're not sure you want to carve and it's EXTREMELY cheap compared to cork or wood. Don't need alot of expensive tools.

http://workingdecoys.net/workingdecoysf ... ?board=4.0


I think you will find that a well made foamer will last as long as a cork or wood bird. There is a guy on the other site that had one floating for over a year and the only problem was the paint coming off the wood head he put on it.


A whole year...WOW. Sounds like he used cheap paint.


Nice looking dekes Gobama....those should do the job. A couple of those don't look burlapped...are they foam?


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