Corner European Deer Mount

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Project by ND2ELK posted 02-18-2011 06:54 PM 11758 views 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I just finished up a corner European deer mount from last year. The Iowa plaque is made out of walnut and the corner board is made out of quarter sawn white oak. The oak is stained with Minwax English Chestnut and both are finished with 3 coats of General Arm-R-Seal urethane topcoat and 2 coats of paste wax applied with #0000 steel wool. The way I mounted the skull is shown in pictures 2 and 3. I cleaned out the smaller bones on the inside of the skull and fitted a piece of oak inside the hole I made. I then closed off the smaller holes in the skull with paper towel, filled the hole with some silicone and pushed the wood piece back in the hole. I made a cradle for the wood piece to fit in, glued the wood piece in the cradle and shot a few pin tacks in on each side and let it dry. Deer mounts are getting very expensive to do these days and this can be an alternatiive for showing off your trophies. We do grow them big in Iowa.

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#1 posted 02-18-2011 07:04 PM

theiy are some nice bucks.

-- Chuck, wiswood2

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#2 posted 02-18-2011 07:50 PM

Very nice mounts. That’s a great idea, the way you mounted the skulls. These are every bit as nice and more as what you would pay to have it done, at a fraction of the price. Not to mention the satisfaction of having done it yourself.

-- Brad, Oregon- The things that come to those who wait, may be the things left by those who got there first.

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#3 posted 02-19-2011 12:42 AM

Nice heads and nice work. I gotta go again next year!

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#4 posted 02-19-2011 01:52 AM

Hi Tom;

Nice work, as always.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#5 posted 02-19-2011 02:46 AM

Great job, and if you don’t mind I may copy part of it. I was lucky enough to take a Red Stag while stationed in Germany, but didn’t have the time to get it mounted to a traditional German Plaque before I left there. A plaque of Germany may just be the thing, thanks for the idea.

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#6 posted 02-19-2011 04:37 AM

A great job, well done!

Thanks for sharing

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#7 posted 02-20-2011 12:16 AM

Wow a deer that size in LA would come with a saddle. Nice job.

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

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#8 posted 02-20-2011 03:02 PM

Very Impressive!

-- Zach Friesen

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#9 posted 02-21-2011 06:25 AM

Nice job. I’ve seen another way to attach the skull. Drill a 1/8th inch or so hole in the back of the skull, do the same to the plaque. The insert a small spring loaded toggle bolt from the back of the plaque. Seem to work pretty well. Again, really nice job on the project.

-- Clay - I love free tools

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#10 posted 02-22-2011 11:28 AM

Good work Tom, as expected. I see i got the wood species correct but got the wrong state.I must catch up on my geography.

Excellent work.


-- No one plans to fail, they just, just fail to plan

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#11 posted 03-01-2011 02:25 AM

Very nice mount, that’s a creative alternative, I’m not a hunter, but it looks like a good one, is that what they say? Thanks for sharing

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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