Wooden Horny Shelf

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Project by doubleDD posted 04-22-2016 03:50 PM 897 views 0 times favorited 33 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I wanted to make a set of these bullhorns after seeing them in almost every shop while we were on vacation. After a few drawings and giving it some thought I couldn’t come up with the center part.
Well let me add while on vacation I met up with LJ Jim Jakosh in Arizona and after giving me a tour of his shops, he was so kind as to give me a piece of the Cholla Cactus. Great guy. Looking at it for a few weeks wondering what I could use it for suddenly changed. That will be the center piece.
I started off drawing the shape rough cutting on bandsaw and the rest was scraping till I got what I wanted.
I added a leather strap on each side and finished it off with some some string.
The horns are made of flame Box Elder. You can even see some red on the end of one of the horns. I felt it gave it character since it looked like some blood. I filed on a tenon so it would fit in the cactus. The shelf was made with a piece of stained ash I believe and the center is the Cholla cactus skeleton. I mounted the horns with 2 screws and a couple rubber faucet washers as the cactus is very delicate. My wife is going to use it for a few knick knacks she bought while on vacation.
It’s 20’’ long and about 2’’ in diameter, finished with wipe on. Thanks again Jim for the cactus, I still have a piece left for another project.

Thanks for looking.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#1 posted 04-22-2016 03:53 PM

That’s a nice looking rustic shelf.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#2 posted 04-22-2016 04:00 PM

Great work.

Jim is a first class individual.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#3 posted 04-22-2016 04:10 PM

Cool! Very nicely done.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#4 posted 04-22-2016 04:17 PM

That is almost a piece of art Dave .
Great job of putting all the elements together and the carving and mounting turned out well .


-- Kiefer

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#5 posted 04-22-2016 04:27 PM

Outta sight, Dave. At first glance I thought those were cut off steer horns!!

Very nice job on that shelf. Great creativity!!

Cheers, Jim

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

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#6 posted 04-22-2016 05:05 PM

Fantastic idea and execution! DID NOT even scratch Ferdinand!

-- just rjR

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#7 posted 04-22-2016 05:38 PM


Nice job shaping the horns. And Murphy didn’t help once? LOL! I’m sure the customer ( wife :<) ) is very happy with it.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#8 posted 04-22-2016 05:46 PM

Very COOL Horny shelf!

... an eye catcher for sure!

A very good use of the cactus…

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#9 posted 04-22-2016 05:57 PM

You realy managed to trick me, at first I thought it was real horns. It will be some nice decoration.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#10 posted 04-22-2016 06:00 PM

I did not know that the horns are wood until I read the text. Then, I had to go back to the pictures. It’s awesome, Dave.

-- Mark

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#11 posted 04-22-2016 06:02 PM

I don’t know about in person, but from here in Virginia, those really do look like horns. You did an excellent job on them! The cholla cactus really adds to the piece, too. This is definitely a top shelf piece of art!

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#12 posted 04-22-2016 08:16 PM

Those horns are WOOD????


Excellent (as usual) Dave !

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#13 posted 04-22-2016 09:02 PM

Interesting shelf,quite unique.

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#14 posted 04-22-2016 09:28 PM

Charles, Monte, John, thanks for commenting. Well appreciated.

Thanks Klaus, it was new to me to do a bit of carving, but it was a new adventure. Lots of scraping, sanding, and buffing too.

Thanks Jim. It turned out better than I thought. I thing the cactus has a lot to do with it.

Thanks ralbuck, that amusing.

Thomas, Murphy was no where in sight. He must be still by you.

Thank you Joe. The horns and cactus are the eye catcher.

Ivan and Mark, the horns look pretty real I have to admit that.

Thanks Jay. If they look good from there then I did something right.

Hey Joe. I must of did a great job on those horns. Everybody thinks they’re real.

Thanks bud_3 for the nice comment.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#15 posted 04-22-2016 09:43 PM

Ya think????LOL!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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