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Forum topic by irishcolleen posted 2017 days ago 788 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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irishcolleen

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2017 days ago

This is kind of an off the wall question, but I received a bunch of antlers from a friend who picks up sheds…...Now, what to do with them? Will probably make a table or two, but I am looking for some other ideas for furniture/ decorative items using the sheds. Does anyone have any ideas?
There are a variety of antlers, from huge to small.


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jockmike2

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#1 posted 2017 days ago

Definitely, I can help, send them to POB 311 Laingsburg, MI. No I could’nt do that to you. Actually a couple ideas are buttons, cut them cross wise drill four little holes in them and you have a button. They also make great handles for doors. Just cut to length. You can go from there.

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#2 posted 2017 days ago

Work them like hard wood, I cut them on the band saw, use a dremel, sanders or files to shape, polish them with buffing wheels ( gently they burn) also, the smell when cutting deters some folks, but the end results are worth it, unlimited potential. A few folks here make things out of them. Check my projects I have a few things there with antler. If you go to photobucket.com, mtnwild, projects, I have a whole lot more things with antler. Mostly knife handles and hat pins with scrimshaw. Lucky you, have fun.

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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mtnwild

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#3 posted 2017 days ago

Work them like hard wood, I cut them on the band saw, use a dremel, sanders or files to shape, polish them with buffing wheels ( gently they burn) also, the smell when cutting deters some folks, but the end results are worth it, unlimited potential. A few folks here make things out of them. Check my projects I have a few things there with antler. My display cabinets have antler handles. Couple of canes. If you go to photobucket.com, mtnwild, projects, I have a whole lot more things with antler. Mostly knife handles and hat pins with scrimshaw. Lucky you, have fun. Sorry it double posted when I hit edit.

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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Mario

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#4 posted 2017 days ago

They are used quite often in pen turning.

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Moron

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#5 posted 2017 days ago

if you have enough of them, they make an awesome chandelier

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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Dadoo

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#6 posted 2017 days ago

You could also sell them! Lots of knife makers out there!

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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irishcolleen

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#7 posted 2017 days ago

Thanks for the ideas….I have ALOT of antlers. My friend would be mighty disappointed in me if I sold them, since that is what he does….. I am into the bigger projects, so will try the chandelier, use some for handles, make some tables, I don’t know what else, keep the suggestions coming! I don’t do turning, no equipment, but that is an interesting idea! The smell is awful when drilling, so will have to perfume my mask…it is enough to make it hard for me to get going on it. Mtnwild, thanks for the link!

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hObOmOnk

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#8 posted 2017 days ago

I use them for drawer pulls, lamp decorations and walking stick handles.

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8iowa

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#9 posted 2017 days ago

Take a look in the Cabela’s catalog or their web site, www.cabelas.com . They have a lot of home and cabin decor items made from antlers (immitation). Their chandeliers are especially impressive, and expensive. This will give you some ideas. Your antlers have a lot of market potential.

-- "Heaven is North of the Bridge"

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PG_Zac

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#10 posted 2017 days ago

I envy you – South Africa doesn’t have animals that shed antlers. I’d love to have access to them.

-- I may be schizophrenic, but at least I have each other.

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GFYS

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#11 posted 2017 days ago

what type of sheds are they?

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