I have a very small shop, and the worst task I have to do in limited space is salting and drying capes/hides. I've heard recommendations of using small children's wading pools, milk crates, etc., but surely someone else has come up with unique ways of handling this chore with limited space. Any suggestions?
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For several years now I have been using plastic trays. Although I do have a fair size salt room [ 12 X 20 ] I still run out of room . The trays cut down on the drying time. I keep the trays [ 18 X 24 ] beside my work bench.As soon as I finish caping a head I salt the cape, fold flesh side to flesh side and once in half. I place the cape on the tray on an incline so the fluid drains to one end. Usualy about 2 cups of fluid will drain off. Towards the end of the day I drain the fluid and hang up the cape to drip dry for several minutes. Then it goes down to the salt room. Where I resalt and dry. By draing off this fluid it has realy cut down the drying time.
WE ALSO HAD A SPACE PROBLEM GOING ON.WE SOLVED IT SO YOU HAVE THE ROOM WHEN THE HIDES ARE DRY.
FIND A 60 GAL TANK OFF AN OLD WATER HEATER-HAVE IT CUT IN HALF.PROP IT UNDER THE SIDE WITH A COUPLE HUNKS OF WOOD.(USE THE OTHER HALF FOR B-B-QUE PIT)?PUT A SAWHORSE ON EACH END AND 2 OR 3 2X2S ACROSS.YOU CAN HANG QUITE A FEW HIDES ON THESE.LINE YOUR TANK WITH PLASTIC AND A FEW SHAVINGS TO SOAK UP DRIPS. WHEN DONE HAUL PLASTIC AWAY-NO CLEAN UP.THEN PICK UP SAWHORSES AND WOOD.GO QUICKLEY TO THE OTHER HALF OF THE TANK-THROW AN OVEN RACK ACROSS IT AND HAVE A BREW.CALL SOME BUDDIES AND HAVE A BEAST FEAST:)LOL
If you can find them an old bread rack is great. Just put the rack over some plastic. Great air circulation. I put fresh hides on the bottom rack then move them up as they dry