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Project by N3FSD posted 10-20-2011 05:43 AM 2386 views 2 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After turning a pretty nice (in my humble opinion) slimline pen from a whitetail deer antler, I was curious to see how I could use the remaining portion of the antler for another project. Never being one to let anything go to “waste”, I took the butt ends of the antlers and grooved them using my dado jig – CAUTION – please be extremely careful doing this as it doesn’t allow much margin for error and you dont want to lose a finger! I pre-drilled the base of the antlers and the tip of the antler for the pen-holder and used brass wood screws though the oak base.

I have had several offers from buddies wanting to purchase this, but I like it so much I’m having a tough time parting with it.

-- "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind... and you shall love your neighbor as yourself"





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papasteve

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#1 posted 10-20-2011 05:52 AM

Wow! I would have a hard time selling it too.

-- Even if we don't know how, we can still try.

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#2 posted 10-20-2011 07:52 AM

Great job. If I had a desk that people would see it alot, I would want one. Is the deer antler smell that much when turning it? I heard it was, I have thought about doing a few of them.

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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Sodabowski

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#3 posted 10-20-2011 08:39 AM

I clearly understand why you have others drooling when watching it in person. I probably would too :)

-- Holy scrap Barkman!

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N3FSD

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#4 posted 10-20-2011 03:17 PM

Thanks, Guyz.. Yes Eagle1, it does give off a pretty nasty odor when turning. I turned a set of pen and pencil sets last week for a customer out of River Buffalo Horns – that was worse!

Hardest part I found when working with antlers is drilling the hole for the brass tubes through the antler. I dont know of any tricks to simplifiy that and hope maybe somebody can give me their hints. I have ruined a lot of good antler pieces when drilling. Problem is that the antlers are curved yet you are trying to drill a straight hole. Also it is very hard to clamp the antlers and hold them in a stationary position when drilling with the drillpress.

any ideas???

-- "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind... and you shall love your neighbor as yourself"

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bake

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#5 posted 10-20-2011 10:38 PM

N3SFD,
Really nice desk set.
I make a lot of antler pens and I use a 4 jaw chuck set up with two special jaws made for pen drilling I got from Penn State Industries and a drill chuck in my tailstock. This works pretty good most of the time but if I have a piece of antler that is really curved I will chuck it between centers on my lathe and round it off before drilling it.
I hope that this helps.
Bake

-- I love the smell of Home Depot in the morning, it smells like.......carpentry. Bake, Bar Lazy U Woodworks, Lehi,UT.

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kcrandy

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#6 posted 10-21-2011 04:12 AM

Okay, now that deer that has been bugging me is going down!

-- Caulk and paint are a poor carpenter's best friends

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Craig Havran

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#7 posted 10-21-2011 04:27 AM

I’ve been trying to find an antler but am coming up short.

-- "There's plenty of time to read the instruction manual when you're laying in the hospital bed". - Dad

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Craig Havran

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#8 posted 10-21-2011 04:28 AM

I’ve been trying to find an antler but am coming up short.

-- "There's plenty of time to read the instruction manual when you're laying in the hospital bed". - Dad

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TexasPenworks

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#9 posted 12-31-2011 08:12 PM

I also have been making lots of White Tail Antler Pens & have about a 75% success rate Drilling a hole through them without “Blowing out” while doing so. I use my drill press & a PSI Pen Blank Drilling Center to hold them & it seems to work pretty well for me. When squaring the ends with trimmer though, if the Antler doesn’t line up Exacty Square to the Drill bit, I add some wedge blocks under the vise to get the Antler as square as possible to prevent the trimmer from wallowing out the brass tube.

Love the Desk Set, have a customer requesting me to make something similar.

-- Kyle, http://www.texaspenworks.com

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