My Fish Story

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Project by rance posted 01-30-2012 05:19 AM 24948 views 31 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, I caught this one myself. I saw it in the Poplar so I went after it. I took my new scrollsaw, loaded her up with a lure, and started casting. I threw it long and started slowly reeling in. About half way back she took the bait and I set the hook. She fought for all she was worth. I would bring her in 20 yards and she would pull back 10. It was a long struggle but I finally got her back to the boat. I skinned her and filleted two nice slabs of meat and cooked them over an open fire. All that was left was the bones. I mounted them on this piece of Mahogany for all to see. For as they say… “No pics, it never happened.”. Yep, THIS one DID happen and here’s the pictures to prove it.

Poplar bones: Roughed to outline. Sanded curvature to shape. Then scrollsawed the bones. Mounted on Mahogany using two 1/2” Birch dowels. Finished with spray Laquer.

I think I’m going out fishing again. Wanna come join me? Bring an ice chest with some cold Pepsi and we’ll be on our way.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#1 posted 01-30-2012 05:53 AM

Very cool Rance ,Great story


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#2 posted 01-30-2012 06:08 AM

Very nice work.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#3 posted 01-30-2012 08:00 AM

Lol! A fantastic story! Love it!

-- “There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.” ~ JRR Tolkien

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#4 posted 01-30-2012 12:13 PM

Another great project – - and – - finished!

What an imagination. It’s fun to work with you Rance!

-- Rod ~ There's never enough time to finish a project, but there's always time to start another one.

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#5 posted 01-30-2012 02:23 PM

that stands out nicely on that nice hunk o Mahogany

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#6 posted 01-30-2012 05:18 PM

By looking at the size of them canines there is no way I’d retreive the hook.
Oh ya, nice looking fish, or what’s left of a fish.

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#7 posted 01-30-2012 08:00 PM

Very cool… Enjoyed seeing this….

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#8 posted 01-30-2012 08:12 PM

Good Fishing Story! What # on the poplar mag I want to make one too!!!!

-- Robert, Mississippi,

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#9 posted 01-30-2012 09:58 PM

Thanks folks. Bob, this was not from any magazine. I came across the following image while surfing the net and saved it to my computer:


Yes, I eventually found it after my project was finished, but when it came time to do mine, I couldn’t find the pic I had saved so I scoured the net for it but could not locate it there either. I did come across an image that I liked:


From there, I just freehanded it on a piece of Poplar I had. You can see the variations such as tapering spine, more ribs, different head. I find it very interesting that by just moving the location of the eye can drastically change the appearance of the piece. I see mine as being quite a bit different.

You can find many variations by Googling Fish Skeleton , then click Images. Or you can copy what I’ve done by printing out the 1st pic.

Hope this helps.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#10 posted 01-31-2012 04:29 AM

Good job on the scrolling and I’m not too sure about the fish story. That is interesting how moving the eye made your fish look a lot ‘meaner’.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#11 posted 01-31-2012 07:41 PM

Nice job!

I’ve never managed to land one like that.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#12 posted 02-01-2012 05:46 AM

A tall story. Your cat left that for you didn’t (s)he? We want to see a dinosaur next. A big one, with a tall tail.

-- [email protected]nada : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.

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#13 posted 02-03-2012 12:55 AM


-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#14 posted 02-12-2012 02:49 PM

Thanks guys. Andy, I’ll bet if you moved one of your eyes, you’d look a lot ‘meaner’ too. LOL! Gene, I’ll get right on that dinosaur. :)

I’ve added a picture with some better lighting.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#15 posted 03-09-2012 04:11 PM

Very fun!

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