Antler Mount

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Project by woodzy posted 10-20-2012 04:42 AM 4047 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A hunter friend of mine asked if i would mount his first kill.

So i said yes.

The worst part was the feeling that these antlers were really important to him and I could not screw it up. I’ve learned a lot about building for someone else. The pressure to come through is immense. The smallest of details bothered me. I ended up being far more critical about this than anything else ive built.

I don’t know what species of wood this is. I salvaged it from a hardwood skid.

The plaque style was chosen because it worked well with the shape of the antlers.

Sanded it to 220

The Edging is Rustoleum Black Paint (picture 4)

2 cotes of Tung Oil (I wanted bring out the depth of the woods figure)
4 cotes of Clear Gloss Poly ( Sanded from 320 – fine – then – super fine steele wool)
Furniture paste

I glued on a Black Fabric (fake velvet) to the back of the plaque only exposing the hanging hardware.
It makes for a nicer fit on the wall. (picture 3)

There is a small picture of him with his trophy mounted at the bottom of the plaque.

Thanks for looking.

I hope i’ve done justice to this project.

-- Anthony

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#1 posted 10-20-2012 09:49 AM

Nice looking. Nice rack!

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 10-20-2012 03:19 PM

Nice plaque!

May I make a couple of recommendations. Ok, here I go. I would recommend him to flesh off the hide/fur. Carefully carve it off to the bone with a knife, then boil the skull part or bleach it being careful not to get the antlers in the bleach. Also…I do believe the antlers are mounted upside down (flip them 180 degrees). At least that is how it appears from your pictures.

Here is a picture of one of my deer with the antlers on the full skull for reference. Again, nice plaque, great finish.

-- Grant - N Dakota

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#3 posted 10-20-2012 03:54 PM

Wow. Thanks for the advice. . I will have to look again at what I’ve done and make it right for him.

-- Anthony

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#4 posted 10-22-2012 03:28 AM

Anthony- I agree… nice job! What wood did you use? It looks as though you have some remnant nail marks? Here are three (3) plaques and European styled mounts I have done. Enjoy and thanks for sharing.

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#5 posted 10-22-2012 05:38 AM

Glenns Granderson.- I’ve suggested to my friend that he clean the antlers. I’ll be remounting them properly after that.

Gun Powder- Thanks i appreciate it. I wish i knew the species. I’ve actually had it saved for a while now. I know the nail remnants are an eye sore. I won’t be doing that again. To be honest he was really happy with the plaque and the nail hole repairs didn’t bother him one bit.

Your mounts look great.

-- Anthony

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#6 posted 10-22-2012 09:11 PM

Anthony- just to clarify… I like the nail holes. In fact I try to re-purpose a lot of the wood in my projects.

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#7 posted 11-28-2012 02:54 PM

I love the nail holes, and appreciate the comments regarding the bleaching of the skull mounts. I have a small 6-pointer from this year that I just had the cap cut out (didn’t want to spend the money mounting this one) and was thinking of doing something similar. Thanks for the idea, and good luck.

-- Bob, Indiana, "Well done is better than well said." -Ben Franklin

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