What wire gauge do you use? I used 10ga, and it wasn't strong enough. What about 1/4in threaded rod? How do you attach to the mannikin? Do you leave all of thigh bone on? Or do you cut down or off to fit inside opening on the mannikin drumstick? This is for strutting turks. Thanks, Scott
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Don't use threaded rod because you won't be able to bend it without it breaking, also it would be more difficult to run up the leg.
Use a smooth rod and make the threading at one end.
Use a 3/16 in steel rod from Home Depot or Lowes. Then after you push it through. Go to NAPA and get a 10X24 in Threading die (let me verify the die size) or you can go to McKenzie's web sight and there are directions there.
Cally Morris uses a Snap-On tool for a drill that threads 3/16" rod. I't available off of their web-site the last time I looked. It runs about $20.00 plus shipping.
You can get the die at Ace or Home Depot for a third of the cost.
Yea, I bought mine at NAPA for 3.50
...probably better to thread your own as these folks suggest... although I have mounted alot of turkeys over several years and have never broken a rod while bending (although it is very possible and more likely with a threaded rod than one that is not)...I always sharpened one end of the threaded rod one the grinder and drilled that end into the leg...straight in , never a problem. I would then bend to get the shape, add a couple of nuts and washers and bondo up in the form. I did use 1/4 inch. All a matter of preference I guess.