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Homemade flesher Obviously much questioned

Discussion in 'Tanning' started by WildArt2013, Oct 25, 2013.

  1. WildArt2013

    WildArt2013 New Member

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    I don't mind to use a fleshing knife at all but correct thinning is all but impossible at most. Better yet some is thinned well some is not. I've been doing game heads and small mammals for three years now, but I know I could get way better results with a shaving machine (flesher). I can't spend so much on one. Is there anything I could use or build that would give results? Homeade Pneumatic handheld? Homeade Table mount? Wire wheel and what size if? I know I've got the resources to build one just no extra cash to purchase. Has anyone ever built anything that resembles a bird flesher? There's gotta be a way. All I've got is time right now anyhow. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. And I don't want a credit card or small business loan at this time! Thanks
     
  2. cyclone

    cyclone Posts: 400001

    http://www.taxidermy.net/forum/index.php/topic,133707.msg913502.html#msg913502

    http://www.taxidermy.net/forum/index.php/topic,107992.msg725572.html#msg725572

    http://www.taxidermy.net/forum/index.php/topic,199178.msg1411187.html#msg1411187

    http://www.taxidermy.net/forum/index.php/topic,125552.msg848261.html#msg848261

    http://www.taxidermy.net/forum/index.php/topic,305052.msg2092549.html#msg2092549

    http://www.taxidermy.net/forum/index.php/topic,56089.msg345354.html#msg345354

    http://www.taxidermy.net/forum/index.php/topic,135001.msg923514.html#msg923514
     

  3. Well those links have effectively convinced me not to consider asking my dad to build a fleshing machine lol.
    Except I'm also in a situation where I can't buy one either, the UK has little-to-nothing to offer in regards to Taxidermy. :/
     
  4. Mr.T

    Mr.T Active Member

    Let your customers buy the machine,, isn't than a realistic idea? Money management seems to b e the issue here. The right tool for the job has already been invented for you. You have to commit just like the rest of us did.

    The Ron Popiels of taxidermy, they never fail to make appearances here every year..
     
  5. Duckslayr

    Duckslayr Active Member

    Try a flapper wheel on an angle grinder. Works surprisingly well.
     
  6. davehyer

    davehyer New Member

    I built my first two fleshing machines. I bought a blade and guards from McKenzie and then made the rest. I am a tool and die maker by trade so making the parts was not a big deal.

    I did it for much less than buying one, but if you don't have access to equipment and the know how to use it, you should probably buy one.
     
  7. Fleshing machine should be looked at as an investment if you're gonna do the work and take in customers you owe it to them to give them the best product you can make and having a thin hide is very critical to the final outcome