My website is wingertswoodworks.com. Tons of pics there and on my blog linked from my site. There are two callmaking forums worth checking out too. THO Game Calls and the Custom Callmaking Online forum. THO is very newbie-friendly...CCO, not so much.
The only glue to use on soundboards and surfaces is Plumbers Goop. All turkey call makers use it...Nothing is better, everything else won't work as good. Use a very small bead all the way around the playing surface (using a syringe helps) and all the way around the pedestal that holds the soundboard.
Start with 1/8" between the top of your soundboard and the underside of your playing surface. 1/8" will work on most calls pretty well. Most of my calls are just a hair over 3/4" thick. Aim for 3/16" thickness on the bottom. Set the playing surface on a 1/8" wide ledge, more or less.
Don't use laquer of any kind. Aside from sucking as a finish for a game call, bug spray totally destroys it. I'd recommend spar urethane. Minwax Helmsman is slow drying but works ok...The Cabot brand from lowes is better IMHO. Polyurethane is mediocre as a call finish but it will work, it just isn't very tough.
Last edited by thekctermite; 09-04-2010 at 11:59 PM.