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my fleshing machine/box

Discussion in 'Bird Taxidermy' started by Daniel Atkins, Feb 15, 2007.

  1. Daniel Atkins

    Daniel Atkins New Member

    This is the fleshing (wire wheel) machine I made. The reason the wheel is not center is so I could use the stand I had and still set in a chair. I may flip the box to give me more room when I feel like building a taller motor stand and cutting the legs off my current stand.

    I caulked the seams so it wouldn't collect the nice stuff.


    Here is the motor I used.


    The plexiglass top. That really helps. I didn't have it at first.


    I hope this can give some of the guys and gals just starting out something to go by. The only thing I have that cost me outright was the wire wheel. Everything else was either given to me or I had laying around the house. Now I did machine the shaft to connect the wire wheel and motor but I am sure you can find something that works at a hardware store.
  2. Chad

    Chad Member

    Thanks Daniel. Going to give it a try.

  3. daniel

    daniel New Member

  4. Barry

    Barry Active Member

    looks good there little fellow I built one similar but need to make some changes on the sides I used all plastic box so all I had to do was wipe it down after use
  5. quackhead

    quackhead New Member

    I have been trying to make one of these for a while. Could you tell me how you did it and what type of motor you used. Looks like a big motor that for sure. I had an idea of using an old industrial box fan and taking the fan off some how and puting a wire wheel on it. If you could send me some detailed info and where I can get the supplies it would be much appreciated.
    Thanks, Brian
  6. JL

    JL Taxidermist for 64 years

    Daniel...you must not do many turkeys or big geese.You should have made the box longer and you should have put the wire wheel closer to the top. For these big birds you need all the room you can get below and on each side of the wheel to prevent the invitable WHUMP...WHUMP....WHUMP. You'll understand what I mean as soon as you get one to do....lol. Otherwise, nice job.
  7. Daniel Atkins

    Daniel Atkins New Member

    JL I am going to flip the box over so I will have more room under the wheel. I just haven't got around to do it.

    Quackhead. It's not that hard. I had some 1/4 in plywood laying around and used it for the sides. I framed it up with 1 bys and that was it. On the top I layed out a peice of plexiglass and traced it on the plywood and then gave myself 1/2 inch and cut it out. I drilled holes and pop rivited it together. As for the motor I can't remember what size it is but yes it's alittle heavy for what I need. It was free. I would say that you can use a box fan motor no problem. I went to work and took a 1 in piece of round stock, milled it down to make sure it was straight and then drilled and taped the end for the wire wheel and drilled out and put a set screw so it would lock up with the motor shaft. I will try to get measurements tomorrow.
  8. BeckyBird

    BeckyBird My Baby Bluebirds

    You can also line the inside of the box with heavy plastic, so that when it gets dirty, you can either wipe it off or replace with new plastic......or shellac the inside of the box, so the grease won't soak in.