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    I just purchased 2 solid wood mallard decoys from the early 80's from a yard sale the other day and was wanting to make urns out of them for my 2 females that passed away. Was wondering if anyone has done this and how they did it? Thanks Tony Lattuca

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    I have carved several decoys for just that. The way to hollow is cut a slice off the bottom, about 3/4 inch with a band saw. Hollow the decoy carefully with your choice of tool. I use forstner bits largest I can to hollow the body carefully to avoid going thru somewhere. Smooth it all down after than, I use a foredom tool which is a dremel on steriods. Then the bottom piece I use a larger forstner bit to drill partial hole. The using a slightly smaller bit I finish the hole. Then using the larger bit as a sizer I hand carve a plug. It all goes back together with marine epoxy and then use a filler to fill the seam, repair the paint and there you have it. I then put the ashes of my Nellie (13.5 y/o YLF) in the one I did for her and she sits on our mantle along with a charcoal picture we had done. Makes my eyes tear every time I tell the story. Of course the easiest way is to start from scratch and carve the decoy rather than trying to repair the seam and paint but go with what you can do. Steps are almost the same.
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    Thanks for the info John. The way they have it painted I don't think I could match it. I may just carve out the bottom and seal it up that way. Will see how it goes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gotta Lotta Zoom View Post
    Thanks for the info John. The way they have it painted I don't think I could match it. I may just carve out the bottom and seal it up that way. Will see how it goes.
    Make sure you use a good plug that seals.
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