|Project by saw4fun||posted 02-04-2010 09:46 PM||1555 views||0 times favorited||6 comments|
GUN RACK!! The first thing that popped in my head when I cut this board off the log. I was a little worried it would twist up when drying so I stacked plenty of weight on top of it and it turned out great. Being the amateur carpenter that I am getting the antlers cut at the right angles on a miter saw was touch and go. Once I had them as close as possible I set them in place on the board and with a sharp pencil traced around points to be joined. I then used a utility knife to cut around the profile. Next, chiseled out the center roughly 1/4” deep and then drilled a hole through to the back. For added strength I used a 2-part clear epoxy in the chiseled out holes and also put a screw through the back into each antler. The left end of this board did not have a natural edge so the jigsaw rounded it off and the belt sander did some uneven gouging and angling so that it would match the rest of the edges. To match the color I mixed some ashes and charcoal from the fireplace with water and pasted it on the fresh cut edge, let it dry, and did some more uneven sanding to get the same color variation. Used poly for a lack of having anything better to make the grain “jump”. I still have this boards’ bigger brother so I hope it creates as much fun as I had on this simple little project. Thanks for looking! Let me know what you think, good or bad..