What's on your workbench? July

jode hillman

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Thought I would get this months thread started. I've been working on some wintertime ruddy ducks

Plus a little bit of wrenching on the old CJ. It's been 20 years since she's had a good going over. Rebuilding the carb, distributor, and water pump.
 

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Jode, thanks for starting things off this month.

Really like the Ruddy duck decoys. Yer interpretation in carving & painting Dollar Ducks is pure Jode Hillman style. 2 Thumbs UP.


A pair of BWT hollow Sugar Pine I started a year ago. 1st photo before sealing, and 2nd photo after sealing with Smiths Custom Wood Epoxy. Will let sit for awhile before painting. It mostly depends on how good the fly fishing is on the cusp of the Dog Days of Summer.
 

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Thought I would get this months thread started. I've been working on some wintertime ruddy ducks

Plus a little bit of wrenching on the old CJ. It's been 20 years since she's had a good going over. Rebuilding the carb, distributor, and water pump.
What model CJ? My sons CJ7 has been sitting and I need to get it running. 1985 CJ with rebuilt 258.
 
What model CJ? My sons CJ7 has been sitting and I need to get it running. 1985 CJ with rebuilt 258.
Hi Richard, it's a 78 CJ five. 304 V8, T 18 granny gear transmission.

I owned five or six jeeps over the years including several with the 258. I've had this '5 since 1996.

It's amazing how fast the years past and it's easy to get behind on routine maintenance when you have so many other irons in the fire.
 
I’ve been molding and making components for full bodies and making my floaters better (bills and tail inserts). I am messing around with making silicone molds and hardened plaster as well. Trying to see if I can take a custom carve and cast a foam decoy out of the master carve. So I’ve slowed way down on production, but getting all the pieces in place to really crank out some decoys. I’m very very close to making full body restle coated snow goose decoys. I don’t have any pics of the last two I casted (they’re the best thus far), but this is kind of where I am at in the process.
 

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We started another duck blind build on Friday. The blind is situated on a gorgeous area adjacent to the TN River on my employer's property. This one is 24' x 6' and will have eight shooting ports, rear entry, shelves, and a dog box. Figuring it out as we go but similar to other blinds we've built and shown here. After a very long hot Friday and and early Saturday we have completed the footing and deck. Tomorrow we reconvene at the shop to build the walls.
 

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You guys build serious blinds. That thing is a hotel. I'm intrigued by how you build a blind in what looks like upland brush, then flood the food plot and the ducks come.
 
SJ

My employer has the land and uses it for hunting, including falconry. He is a huge supporter of hunting activities and we have been working with him for decades to improve waterfowl hunting on his property. His family and associates are guests and you never know when or how many people need a spot so we went big to accommodate everyone. The trees you see are black willow and green ash. Very common in southern wetlands. In fact we had to wait this long into summer for the blind location to dry out enough to sink posts in the ground. The blind is surrounded by the most soil area we have tried to establish after decades of farming and herbicide. The higher ground is where we plant corn.

Eric
 
Coming from someone who brushes a 20' blind & boat hide every season over water I,d plant some trees around that sucker soon as finished to off set some of the yearly work in the future.
 
That blind is remarkable. I've seen Habitat for Humanity projects that were less impressive. ;) What's the expected life of that blind, I would guess many years?
 
Thanks guys. We have built three of this style now, a four, six, and now this eight-man. This one has a rear middle entry while the others were side entry. There is only 5' of headroom so we wanted to enter in the middle so there is less stooping over while you get to your port. You come in and either go left or right to get to your port, instead of walking perhaps the entire length. The entry section is not a shooting port. We are going to put a Blackstone grill in that section because one of our partners is a heck of a good breakfast cook. We still have to add the dog box and stairs, plus sheet metal, etc..

I expect the blind to stand until the posts rot out. All the lumber is treated, but not all treated lumber is the same. I know for a fact the posts that make up my shop are treated to a much greater extent than the posts in this blind. I can't find a local source for .6 UCB 6x6 posts so we simply go with what Lowe's stocks. Having said that I expect these blinds will be around longer than yours truly.

Jeff Smith used to say, "If you don't have time to do it right when will you have time to re-do it?", and that is pretty much the way I feel about projects I tackle. I hate re-rework and repairing things and would rather sink time into the front end of a project while I'm fired up about it, so that is why I go about things the way I do.
 
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