I do not own a fleshing machine so I would like to know the best way to do this by hand.
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Iuse a fleashing beam and my necker knive and a pair of sharp sissor's. Ihave a old ironing board that was laiding around the house that gives me agood work area,also it ajust to the height so you can sit or stand I have very limited work space so as crazy as this sounds it works for me. When you get done you fold it up and put it away.
But I use it to shave hides out of the pickle, I don't use it to flesh with. I flesh with a draw knife and PVC beam for deer and bear, or a wood beam and dull edge for small mammals. See the search on the left for more info.
Makes ya wonder why they are not called shaving machines vs. fleshing machines huh? Why are snowmobiles not called pavementmobiles?
exactly the same as Mike.I just don't know a more efficient way.
Fleshing machines ARE different from "shaving machines". I have a professional model made for fur dressing, but I set the clearances much more differently when I'm fleshing than when I'm shaving. Especially on wild boars and the big game/thick hides. The space between the round knife and the guard is always wider during fleshing than when I'm shaving a fox, a mink, or a muskrat. The blade is also honed to a much finer pitch. So in reality, you can flesh with a shaving machine and you can TRY to shave with a fleshing machine. Sometimes the latter works out OK, but othertimes not. I'd never try to shave a muskrat on a fleshing machine.