Attaching antlers to a rustic shelf?

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Forum topic by Chris_T posted 05-10-2011 02:07 AM 4511 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-10-2011 02:07 AM

I’m building a rustic red cedar shelf for my grandma. I would like to add deer or elk antlers to the bottom of it for visual and structural purposes. The only way I can think of doing it is using screws but that would be ugly. So I need your help, how would you recommended I attach them?

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#1 posted 05-10-2011 03:35 AM

Chris I’ve never done this, but it seems if it is visual only you could use epoxy to attach to the wood. I just can’t seem to see how a rack could add to the structural stability on a piece. So I wouldn’t have a clue on how to do that. I know I’ve not been much help, but thats the best I can do.

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#2 posted 05-10-2011 07:26 PM

Actually using screws dosn’t look that bad. Although I’ve never had a problem with exposed fasteners. Just predrill and counter sink the antler, carefully and slowly. I’d use a #6 black screw for attaching the antler, but you could go even smaller with a trim head screw. Mcfelly’s sells counter sinking bits for trim head screws. If exposed fasteners are not your thing you could fill the holes and use stain to match the grain and color of the antler.

However, I would NOT depend on this project for strucual support.

I see your a trapper; are you up for a suggestion: Got any extra #11 long-springs sittin’ around the fur shed? Take those and weld them straight (with the springs straight out) then use that as the basis of your self support. That would be structual with a rustic feel. Good Luck.

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#3 posted 05-10-2011 07:38 PM

Seems like he’s saying he wants the antlers to prop up the shelf a bit. What about going through wood into the antlers rather than antlers first. You can hide the screw easily in the wood by capping them.


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#4 posted 05-10-2011 09:17 PM

I’m not looking for it to add support just prob it up like MrWoodworker said. I do like the idea of using #11 springs, I might experiment with that on my next project.

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