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Title: lets see eveyones salt tables
Post by: Bobbi Meyer on November 30, 2007, 06:09:05 PM
I know noone's asked about this recently, but thought if we put our pictures out there that maybe we could get some neat ideas from each other.
I've attached pictures of my salt setup.
The top picture is what it looks like closed.
The bottom picture is with the top raised to access the mess underneath.
Title: Re: lets see eveyones salt tables
Post by: Bobbi Meyer on November 30, 2007, 06:10:24 PM
I've got a squeegee on a long handle that I use to scoot the salt to one end so I can use a dust pan to get it out.
The next picture is what it looks like after it's cleaned.
The whole thing is coated with fiberglass resin, so it cleans up like a dream.
Title: Re: lets see eveyones salt tables
Post by: Bobbi Meyer on November 30, 2007, 06:12:00 PM
storage underneath for dried hides and antlers, and my pickling tubs and salt tub on rollers with a rope handle.
Title: Re: lets see eveyones salt tables
Post by: * on November 30, 2007, 07:51:41 PM
Tarp, what's that.
Nice set up, your table  BUT where would I put the lifesize bears and lifesize deer, ls sheep, ls buffalo, ls moose, ls red stag,  IT'S GREAT FOR DEER CAPE, but not much else,I have 35 lifesize deer salted right now ALL OVER THE FLOOR!
Title: Re: lets see eveyones salt tables
Post by: Bobbi Meyer on November 30, 2007, 07:57:47 PM
folks around here are too poor to afford stuff like that !  ;D I hope your concrete is painted !
Title: Re: lets see eveyones salt tables
Post by: Rich H. on November 30, 2007, 07:58:20 PM
Tarp, what's that.
Nice set up, your table  BUT where would I put the lifesize bears and lifesize deer, ls sheep, ls buffalo, ls moose, ls red stag,  IT'S GREAT FOR DEER CAPE, but not much else,I have 35 lifesize deer salted right now ALL OVER THE FLOOR!


Im with dennis.....i had 31 moose capes salted and laying all over the floor....
Title: Re: lets see eveyones salt tables
Post by: Bobbi Meyer on November 30, 2007, 08:01:44 PM
I just do taxidermy part time, and we don't have any moose, bears, or elk in these parts, so I've never had to worry about that. If I had that kind of work I sure as heck wouldn't be working out of my garage, and driving 72 miles a day to work !   ;)
Title: Re: lets see eveyones salt tables
Post by: michael p. on November 30, 2007, 08:15:16 PM
I have a 24X20 salt room to the back-side of my shop with a drain that runs outside. I salt everything on the floor in here. I also use it to store all my forms & I hang the the dried capes from the rafters. I also have a double lock 6' roll-up door on it & burglar bars on the windows to store my clints horns. I accumulate a bunch of crap I don't need so these 2 pics are from the day I cleaned it out  before the season started.


(http://i127.photobucket.com/albums/p154/taxidermist_2007/104_3738.jpg)

(http://i127.photobucket.com/albums/p154/taxidermist_2007/javelina/104_3749.jpg)
Title: Re: lets see eveyones salt tables
Post by: mk on November 30, 2007, 08:23:33 PM
mp, why does it say dans taxidermy?  ill post a set up of my salting area. later on to busy right now.
Title: Re: lets see eveyones salt tables
Post by: Jeffs Tax on November 30, 2007, 08:37:48 PM
Dumb question.  How can fluids drain off the skin when it is laying on the floor??  I converted a 10x12 storage building into a salt room.  Ran two 10' 2x4's along the back wall with a brace in the middle & put plastic tubs underneath.  After salting, place skin over 2x4 & all fluids drain off into tubs.  Just like hanging a towel over the shower.  Four shelving units hold skins when their dry until I send them off to the tannery. 
Title: Re: lets see eveyones salt tables
Post by: Rich H. on November 30, 2007, 09:04:55 PM
I salt my skins on the floor and then hang them to dry just like you.....but before fully dry i fold them up and sand them out
Title: Re: lets see eveyones salt tables
Post by: rbear on November 30, 2007, 10:34:47 PM
Bobbi I like the table. I was thinking of making something similar but with nylon screen thinking it would hold the salt on the hide but let the fluid drain off. What do you think?
Ralph
Title: Re: lets see eveyones salt tables
Post by: michael p. on November 30, 2007, 11:18:00 PM
Dumb question.  How can fluids drain off the skin when it is laying on the floor??  

Actually I lay some 4X8 sheets of hardiboard on the floor elevated from the rear by a 2X4 so it will drain.

mp, why does it say dans taxidermy? 

Because I bought it as a pre-existing Taxidermy shop that was owned before by my dad.....Dan. I  gradually worked my own identity into it for the name, but it has a reputation dating back to 1974 so why change a name that people know ??? It's gotten to the point now where honestly alot of the older local customers think I am too expensive.....but.....I take in more deer than my father did per season from a younger generation, out of towners (Houston & Austin) & some old timers that will pay for quality. Next year after the building is painted it will have the new signs MAD Taxidermy, regardless, the "D" or Dan will never leave the company name out of the respect I have for my father over what he built in 1974 that others called him a damn fool for trying.

(http://i127.photobucket.com/albums/p154/taxidermist_2007/businesscards.jpg)
Title: Thanks rbear
Post by: Bobbi Meyer on November 30, 2007, 11:30:48 PM
you probably want something a little more sturdy than plastic screen to hold the hides up. the white tubes you see running across are something like 3/4" PVC pipe, and the were still bowing under the  pressure. So this year I ran the extra two firring strips under them to help support it. And thats plastic lattice like you would use for under your porch on top. I wanted everything very easy to clean, so its either plastic or fiberglass coated.
The wheels on the table I just added this year. Makes it really easy to pull out from the wall so it's easier to salt the hides. And if I was so inclined, roll it out to my driveway and hose the hole thing off.
Title: Re: lets see eveyones salt tables
Post by: Yeager1 on November 30, 2007, 11:31:10 PM
Michael P, is that yard sale items out by the sign? Looks like a couple Dan [email protected] forms in the pile from what I can tell?  ;D
Title: Re: lets see eveyones salt tables
Post by: michael p. on November 30, 2007, 11:41:56 PM
Michael P, is that yard sale items out by the sign? Looks like a couple Dan [email protected] forms in the pile from what I can tell?  ;D

No, that's my "junk" from the 2006-2007 season....as you can tell I only clean the building once a year :)
Title: Re: lets see eveyones salt tables
Post by: Yeager1 on November 30, 2007, 11:44:45 PM
Oh, I thought you might be having one of those road side sales. Just pulling your chain buddy! LOL
Title: Re: lets see eveyones salt tables
Post by: Greg Livbucks on November 30, 2007, 11:51:48 PM
I'm a hobbyist aka "family" taxidermist. My Old Man is my best customer. I don't use a salt table...I use K.K.K.KROWTANN   ::)
Title: Re: lets see eveyones salt tables
Post by: visions of wildlife taxid on December 01, 2007, 12:22:10 AM
i dont use a salt table either, my tannery handles it, LOL for an extra 10 bucks they turn and salt everything, it frees me up for other things and im my shop is money well spent.  when i did salt my capes before i switched tannerys i had a set up similar to bobbi's, i still have it, but rarely use it, Russ
Title: Re: lets see eveyones salt tables
Post by: AndyO on December 01, 2007, 12:25:22 AM
Who does prep for ten bucks Russ? Hell of a deal if they are good.
Title: Re: lets see eveyones salt tables
Post by: rbear on December 01, 2007, 12:36:19 AM
Bobbi
I should have explained a little better. Build it like yours with the support but replace the lattes with nylon screen to hold the salt on the hide.
Thanks
Ralph
Title: Re: lets see eveyones salt tables
Post by: visions of wildlife taxid on December 01, 2007, 12:45:17 AM
andy, its my secret, if i told ya i would have to kill ya  ;D but in all honesty, the tan is 37 bucks, and for an extra 10 they turn and salt, heck he even said they would flesh it to if i didnt have time for that price, so i am guilty of letting a few raws go up, and to top it off, he is close enough he picks up and delivers for free if i send 10 or more capes or hides to him.  Now if i let the cat out of the bag i will lose my 60 day or less turn around as well, and thats not from the time he starts them, that is from pickup to drop off.  Russ
Title: Re: lets see eveyones salt tables
Post by: mk on December 01, 2007, 11:04:43 AM
russ has a bunch of illegals tanning his deer capes.lol. 
Title: Re: lets see eveyones salt tables
Post by: michael p. on December 01, 2007, 12:31:08 PM
russ has a bunch of illegals tanning his deer capes.lol. 
No, that would be done in Kerrville (:
Title: Re: lets see eveyones salt tables
Post by: Samantha. on December 01, 2007, 05:23:44 PM
Bobbie thanks for taking the time to post up a picture of your salt table.
I wish I had the room to install a pemanent salt table but at the moment I just use a tilted ply square on the floor as capes come in then put them away when I'm done. It drives me crazy with the mess but its all I have room for, for now.
Title: Re: lets see eveyones salt tables
Post by: michael p. on December 01, 2007, 07:08:44 PM
In took this one of the salt room this afternoon.
(http://i127.photobucket.com/albums/p154/taxidermist_2007/114_4069.jpg)
Title: Re: lets see eveyones salt tables
Post by: TrophyRoom on December 01, 2007, 08:30:55 PM
russ has a bunch of illegals tanning his deer capes.lol. 
No, that would be done in Kerrville (:

LMAO!!


I wholesale all my turning and fleshing out now also but I pay WAY more than 10 bucks......
I used to use shelves on the wall to roll capes up on after the fleshing and first salting with pvc pipe that drained into a bucket.  After second salting, I hung them up to dry.
Title: Re: lets see eveyones salt tables
Post by: mk on December 02, 2007, 10:42:21 AM
my lilltle set up. not in use stores easy w/ out taking up much space.  2x4 frame w/ plastic mesh stapled on it.  salt over nigt hang dry the next day fold up and let dry few more days before shipping them out. 
Title: Re: lets see eveyones salt tables
Post by: Thistle on September 30, 2010, 02:34:33 AM
We don`t have anything like the size of moose or elk here, but for salting I use an old refrigerator, the hide gets salted, folded and sits on the grill shelves in there, plus the closed and sealed door keeps the meat flies off the hide (a real problem here in summer), when I take the hide out for pickling the salt and water has fallen to the bottom of the fridge, only take five minutes to scrape it out, rinse and dry with a cloth. :)
Title: Re: lets see eveyones salt tables
Post by: Greg Livbucks on September 30, 2010, 07:37:17 AM
You could even use an old manual defrost freezer that has a drain in it. Good idea, Thisle.
Title: Re: lets see eveyones salt tables
Post by: wayne70 on September 30, 2010, 01:08:11 PM
I don't have a picture handy but I have 3 sheets of 1/2 plywood mounted on an angle with supports on the ends, The bottom pc. of plywood is off the floor high enough to sit a 5 gal. pail on one end.  The other 2 sheets of plywood extend out about and inch more than the bottom one. I the put a plastic rain gutter below the bottom sheet of plywood so that the drainage from the hides hits the gutter and flows to the 5 gal. pail. With 3 sheets of plywood you can get up to 10=12 hides salted at once
Title: Re: lets see eveyones salt tables
Post by: jake7719 on November 08, 2010, 04:20:26 PM
 I use a small kids pool, about 4 ft. across to salt my hides that are deer sized.  I only do shoulder mount and small life size.  Then I use an "A" frame type stretcher to hang the hide 24 hours, resalt And roll up. A dehumidifier runs 24/7 in my work space when salting so hides dry fast.
Title: Re: lets see eveyones salt tables
Post by: aboutpostal on January 01, 2013, 10:39:35 AM
I think it is a good idea