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Need Ideas To Build Fish Holding Cradle

Discussion in 'Fish Taxidermy' started by slabbandit, Aug 9, 2020.

  1. slabbandit

    slabbandit Active Member

    I need to build a fish holding cradle for working on my crappie and large bream. Right now I am just using a small plastic tote. I've seen a few on guys workbenches in pics. Could I get a few pics with measurement suggestions? Thanks
     
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  2. Clew

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  3. Clew

    Clew Help a child, Build our future

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    Here is one for when I’m doing only one of a kind
    Made from PVC
     
  4. Clew

    Clew Help a child, Build our future

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    I have a stand in the center of my shop that rotates
    Holds eight fish
     
  5. slabbandit

    slabbandit Active Member

    That's neat! I was just looking at some leftover 1 1/2" electrical PVC from wiring my new shop. May grab some fittings and see what I can come up with. Thanks
     
  6. Clew

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    The electrical type my not have the stiffness
     
  7. slabbandit

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    Yea, you're right. But, It's 1 1/2" and I'm not making it very big. Probably just a little table top model. May work. I saw one once built out of 1 x 4's at a friends shop.
    I just mounted a huge crappie "Reverse C" and it was a problem trying to work on the seam side.
     
  8. After looking at the illustration, I went to the hardware shop spent less than $20 and built one similar, but with a major alteration: the pvc tubing that establishes the width was NOT glued in so I could put shorter or longer pieces in as needed. Shorter for smaller fish and longer for those long fish like Pike.
    I didn't measure anything. I just looked at the picture and started cutting. I think it turned out fine and I can fine-tune it as time goes by.
     

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  9. slabbandit

    slabbandit Active Member

    Thanks, I really like your design Clew and that's a good idea Steve to be able to change up the width.
     
  10. Bill Dishman

    Bill Dishman Well-Known Member

    These are basic, inexpensive and easy to make any size you want in about 15 minutes. 20201016_081332.jpg 20201016_081245.jpg
     
  11. crablover

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    The PVC stands look very restrictive for close up hand detailing, and take up table space. Bill's wood stands are what I use, can be made really quick and cost zero from wood scraps. Nice job on the PVC ones
     
  12. Clew

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    I have both
    The pvc can be manipulated In turns
    They are both great stands
     
  13. byrdman

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    just put in on your deer mounting stand
     
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  14. Cecil

    Cecil Well-Known Member

    I built a mounting cradle out of scrap plywood and swim noodles cut down to size.
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    I gave away my deer mounting stand years ago when I stopped doing game heads to specialize in fish, but just ordered another one as I have a slew of musky and pike to mount. The right shoulder can't take holding on to the paint stick while I paint them anymore. I've got bursitis of the right shoulder.