Making Wall Pedestals

Submitted by Old Fart on 5/30/05 at 9:08 PM. ( )

When I have needed a wall pedestal that I couldn't buy, I've always taken a regular form and modified it into a wall pedestal. I have a kudu to do that fits a regular pedestal form, I thought that I might just modify the pedestal into the wall pedestal. I was just wondering if anyone had done it from the pedestal form before. What kind of problems might I encounter in taking this aproach, rather than starting with a wall form? I have the pedestal form that wasn't used for a different mount, it's not that I will be ordering a pedestal form especially for this project. I'd just like to get some input before starting the work.

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Go for it

This response submitted by Dean on 5/31/05 at 9:12 AM. ( )

How ya doin up there Dave. I'd rather alter a pedestal into a wall pedestal rather than a wall mount form int a wall pedestal. Making wall pedestals I usually will cut it at the shoulder where I want it to fit against the wall,then trace and cut the plywood to fit. Use bondo or pour foam to attach it in place. I also drill some holes partway through the plywood and also into the form. It gives your bonding material something to hold onto. On larger gameheads I also run a few long carriage bolts (round headed ,10"-12" long, 3/8 to 1/2 diam.) through the plywood and bondo them into the form. That gives you a lot of extra strength.The form is going to have to come apart before that ever lets loose. The only thing to watch, especially something like a Kudu is you horn clearance at the wall.
You can cut, fit, and bondo it back together in 20- 30 min. Call me if you have any other questions about it.

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