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Homemade fleshing boards questions

Discussion in 'Beginners' started by bbarnthouse, Dec 24, 2006.

  1. bbarnthouse

    bbarnthouse New Member

    I want to make a small fleshing board. What wood is preferred and shold it be treated with anything? Thanks for any advice.
  2. use a piece of pvc pipe and cut it to a point one end.

  3. George

    George The older I get, the better I was.

    The PVC advice is dead on for most people. If you wanted a perfect beam, it would have to be constructed of a good hardwood like maple, ash or of hickory, cherry or holly with perfectly straight grain. Then the wood would have to be spokeshaved until the proper contour is made. The cost of such a plank today is exceptionally high. You'll be better off financially to take PVC.
  4. HurtTaxidermy

    HurtTaxidermy My Dream Deer

    I just mounted an old boat paddle that I cut off where the handle started and put it on another board. Im not good at explaining it but I will put A pic up to show you
  5. moon beams

    moon beams New Member

    I just use a 2x10 pointed on one end mounted on a stand
  6. bbarnthouse

    bbarnthouse New Member

    Thanks for the ideas. Sounds like about anything will work as long as I can slide the skin over it?? I have a piece of 1x10 hardwood that I think I will cut and use and I will also try the PVC idea. Thanks again.
  7. swalburn

    swalburn New Member

    What length and diameter is the PVC pipe?
  8. coon hunter

    coon hunter Truman Waddell 270-589-7828 Brownsville Ky

    I use a beam made from a Sycamore log.

  9. George

    George The older I get, the better I was.

    Actually Drew, the PVC should be of 10 inches diameter or more, split in half. To the end of that "half pipe", the PVC is tapered down similar to a rocket nosecap.

    Pine and sycamore are not woods one would normally choose for a fleshing beam simply because of the predisposition of the wood grain to have soft spots. Obviously they're used with success, but still not ideal initial choices if you're planning on building one from scratch.
  10. KevinH

    KevinH Active Member

    I used a piece of maple about 8-10 inches around and cut it in half and shape it with a draw knife. The one I jus tstarted making this year was a piece of basswood about 20-24 inches around cut in half, the maple one was ok but for fleshing bears it was too small. I just shaped them the best I could with a chainsaw then went to the drawknife then the sander to make them smooth, I put boiled linseed oil on them but after fleshing a bear you dont really need anything. You just want any kind of wood that wont split bad. Stay away from ash, maple, hickory are good but heavy, Im tryin basswood cuz its light, my new beam which is twice as big as my old maple beam I would have to say weighs about the same. By the way my dad is a logger so I just had him keep an eye out for a good log for a beam.
  11. bowhunterq2xl

    bowhunterq2xl Hillbilly pride runs deep

    If you have a sawmill anywhere close, the slabs they cut off on the first cut makes a perfect fleshing beam. Just peel the bark and seal ;)