has anyone ever tried to build a fleshing machine not a wire wheel but something like what the tannaries use i work in a machine shop and it doesent look that hard to build but was wondering if anyone has tried this or if it can be done
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While I love my fleshing machine, I still hang onto a fleshing knife.
Get one of the cheaper Old Hickory butcher knives. Sharpen just one side to make it beveled.
Now with a large well oiled screw driver, bend the edge over to form a less than 90 degree bend.
You can knock a hide out fast enough with that with some practice.
While I prefer my fleshing machine this is great for flat hide and the body of deer. Did 65 one year this way. And several nasty greasy bear.
I have not personally made one but I know another taxidermist local to me that built his own. He was a tool maker by trade and built a nice one.
anyone have plans for a homemade fleshing machine
This question is for John C. How do you keep the knife sharp and do you push the knife down the hides for shaving. I am just starting out and am working with a very reputible taxidermist here but he has never shaved. I Dont know why I guess he just likes to send his out to be tanned. I would like to learn how to shave my own and tan in house when I get started. I plan on only doing a few heads a year as a side line maybe on down the road doing more. Any one having shaving info please help! . PS I just completed my first WT head and now Im hoked for life. it was a kit from Van Dykes and worked great.