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09-10-2007 06:16 PM

Having just set up shop, I would like to make some plaques on which to mount deer antlers myself and my sons have accumulated over the last several years (hunting is my second favorite thing to do). We have a 12, 11, two 8’s and a six point to mount. I never could see paying $300-$400 to mount a deer’s head, just way too much to spend on mounting when there are so many TOOLS to buy! Anyway, I would like to make the plaques out of 3/4 inch something, that is, something with an Oak or Cherry laminate. I have considered using MDF and plywood. MDF seems like it will router real nice on the edges, but I am not sure how well it can hold the screws for the antlers, they will be pretty heavy. Plywood will hold the screws, but I am not sure how to get a nice edge without gluing some sort of banding on the edges – something I don’t want to do. Is there a router bit which can do what I am looking for? Please, any input would be greatly appreciated.
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#1 posted 09-10-2007 06:46 PM

Why not a piece of Cherry or Oak or Walnut? Since that looks like a Whitetail and you live in Ohio where there are lots of the above woods it seems like a good choice. I don’t like MDF or plywood for this unless you’re going to cover the wood with leather or cloth. My 2 cents worth.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#2 posted 09-10-2007 06:56 PM

Hey, thanks for the reply! My problem here is that this would require gluing pieces together. While this would make the “best” plaque, I have to admit that the reason I don’t want to do it this way is because, somewhere in the back of my mind, I am considering offering this as a service (for sale) to other hunters who have the same need. So, if I do, I won’t be able to spend all the time needed to glue up solid panels. That is why I am ‘stuck’ on plywood or MDF. It would be much quicker to produce 20, 40, 60, or more panels this way, and I could show them how “nice” mine look on plywood/MDF. Unless, of course, there is a supplier I don’t know about who can hook me up with 14” to 16” wide solid pieces?

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#3 posted 09-10-2007 07:21 PM

John, I don’t understand why you wouldn’t want to glue up boards to make your stock. Gluing up isn’t that hard, or time consuming at all. You simply joint the edges (or cut with a glue line type blade on your TS), butt them up, clamp them and let the sit overnight and flatten them in the morning. You could glue up 6’ or 8’ pieces and then cross cut them to proper size for your “mounts”.

A little extra work will pay huge dividends in the final product.

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#4 posted 09-10-2007 07:31 PM

Hmmmmmmm, now you’ve got my interest. I guess since I’ve never done this I thought it was very time-consuming. Also, I never thought about gluing 6ft or 8ft. pieces and then crosscutting. Also, wouldn’t I have to put them through a large sander to remove extra glue? And, what do you mean by “flatten them out in the morning?”
I do agree, the end product would be better than laminated something or another and, if I do end up selling them, it would be a MUCH nicer product. This would solve my problem on the edges too. Wouldn’t this drive up the cost considerably though?

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#5 posted 09-10-2007 08:39 PM

John, You can do it out of plywood but in the end you still have plywood. I don’t know what you have for tools and machinery but if you are going to do much you will need a jointer or a jointer plane. With modern glue you only have to keep the clamps on for 1/2 hour but I usually wait an hour. If you use cawls to keep the boards flat the cleanup is minimal and can be done with a scraper and a plane. This is pretty basic woodworking. Might as well get it going because when you move on to other things you’ll have to do it anyway. If you insist on plywood you will wnat to get something on the level with Baltic or Finnish otherwise you will have voids. If you use a good router bit you can shape the edge but I doubt if it will look as good as solid wood.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#6 posted 09-10-2007 08:48 PM

the wood whisperer had some good tips about gluing in his podcast. ... wait half hour and it scrapes right off… any less time or any more time and you have glue issues when doing the finishing.

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#7 posted 09-10-2007 09:51 PM

Wood whisperer? Is this a website?

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#8 posted 09-10-2007 11:06 PM

Yes, and he’s a Lumber Jock as well. Look him up here and you’ll get his website.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#9 posted 09-11-2007 10:39 AM

HAVE YOU SEEN MY EURO MOUNT ON OAK BURL. VERY EASY TO DO JUST RUN YOUR SLAB THROUGH A PLANNER PUT ON YOUR EPOXY FINISH THEN ADD YOUR RACK. YOU CAN SEE IT IF YOU LOOK AT MY PROJECTS UNDER JOCKMIKE2. fAIRLY EASY. JOCKMIKE2

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#10 posted 09-11-2007 11:56 AM

http://thewoodwhisperer.com/

I can’t remember where the discussion about glue is located.

I think he talks about glue when he makes the cutting board.. and then there is another podcast .. can’t remember which one.. and then he and Matt discuss glue issues in one of the earlier “wood talk online” discussions.
Sorry I can’t be more specific.

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#11 posted 09-11-2007 04:40 PM

Dang. I cant even remember where I talked about glue and glueups. Oh well. Just watch all 27 episodes and eventually you’ll find it. :)
Actually it might be the cutting board episodes, “A Cut Above” parts 1 and 2. Also Check out The Jointer’s Jumpin’ for some jointing advice.
Just go to the Video Archive and you will find a nice list of all the video posts.

I also agree that solid wood is the only way to go here. Not sure if there is a magic router bit that will make the ugly exposed edge of plywood disappear. :)

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#12 posted 09-11-2007 06:13 PM

Okay, you guys are right, plywood will always be plywood. However, I was concerned that “down the road” the joints might not hold, or the whole thing would warp, or some other event which would cause someone’s plaque and antlers to ‘fall off the wall’ – resulting in a less than satisfied customer. So, I’ll watch the episodes and see if it looks like something I could “do with confidence.” Thanks for all your input, you guys are great!

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