Antler Stand

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Dehn0045

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I've been pondering how to make a deer antler single pen stand for a while. Finally took some time to try something out. Trick was getting the antler to mount flush, here is how I did it:

1. Rough cut the antler
2. drilled a 3/8" hole in the antler using a cordless
3. Glued dowel in antler with excess length
4. Mounted in a collet Chuck and turned the antler square to the dowel
5. Trimmed the dowel down and glued in the wood block

The wood work was pretty simple, just a piece of scrap pecan hickory.

The pen is a Stratus, also with deer antler.

Made this for a coworker that supplies me with antler. It is for a bow hunter, so he didn't want a bolt action. He told me to make something that I thought he'd like -- hopefully this works for him, wouldn't mind keeping the antler coming.
 

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Oldfolks

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After seeing Sam's stand I thought I would make one using his idea(with his permission).
I had made a bolt action pen with antler for a friend's wife to give him at Christmas. When he told me how much he liked it I thought a stand be appropriate.
I used an antler that the dog had dragged up and a piece of Mesquite Burl I had laying around. Finished with 2 coats of Tung Oil, buffed with White Diamond.

Thanks Sam for the idea and permission to copy.
Jerry
 

Dehn0045

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That looks awesome Jerry! Well done, I'm sure your friend will love it. The mesquite burl you picked is fantastic, wish I had a bunch of that "laying around"! :)
 

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Very nice. I plan on doing some work with antlers this week. Are they difficult to turn and sand?

Can be a bit hard to turn but slow and cautious is the way to go. As for sanding, antler is often a very porus material. There can be some solid bone that will sand nicely. But, I just don't worry about it. This is a natural material and I like the natural look and feel where it is less than glass smooth. One of my personal pens is like that and I like the natural patina it keeps acquiring.
 

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I had to mage an individualized encasement fir the lathe with vacuum, outside the shop, flew through numerous N95 masks, and eventually with a laser label I was happy but I do not plan to work with antler again due to the smell making me nauseated. The customer wanted it rough looking like it was never on the lathe, no finishing. I desperately wanted to coat it in CA to prevent some eventual cracking! IMG_4478.jpg


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