How to Make a Turkey Box Call

by Steve Smith
Make a Turkey Box Call

Make a Turkey Box Call

Making a turkey call box is something many hunters find enjoyable during the off season. It is a fairly simple task that requires a little knowledge of wood working but it can be mastered by anyone. Many hunters like to build their own turkey call boxes because they can choose their own type of wood, and experiment with the dimensions of the call box to achieve different sounds. If you are building your first turkey call box, you may want to make two or three, just to see which one works better for you.

How to Make a Turkey Call Box

First cut the base of the turkey call box from 1/4" thick wood of your choice. It should be around 6 to 7 inches long and about an inch wide.

Cut grooves along two sides of the base for the call box sides. These should be around 1/8" to 1/4" thick depending on the thickness of your box call side walls.

Cut two tapered blocks of wood that will serve as the ends of the turkey call box and attach them to the ends of the base.

Cut the side walls and shape them, then attach these to the channel grooves.

Make the paddle with a handle and attach it to one of the end blocks using a screw and coil spring. This paddle should be about 2 inches longer than the base, and it should slide over the side walls. Shape this paddle anyway you like.

Items you will need

  • Wood
  • File and carving knife
  • Screw
  • Glue
  • Coil spring


  • Build your turkey call box with any kind of wood you like. If you choose cherry, you can find cheap cabinet cherry wood at a hardware or lumber store.


  • Your first turkey call box may not be your best. Once you build a few, you will learn how to build a better turkey call box for the sound you want.

About the Author

Steve Smith has published articles on a wide range of topics including cars, travel, lifestyle, business, golf, weddings and careers. His articles, features and news stories have appeared in newspapers, consumer magazines and on various websites. Smith holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and journalism from University of New Hampshire Durham.