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91mm Antler scales - anyone made them? 353

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91mm Antler scales - anyone made them?
« on: March 20, 2017, 04:40:51 PM »
I'd like to make some antler scales for my Greenwood. Pet shops sell some really nice smooth antlers as dog chews so I'm thinking of sorting out a suitable piece from one. My questions are, does anyone have experience of sawing and shaping it with basic hand tools, and, what's the best way to accomodate the cross (either using glue to stick a metal one on or adding an OC by drilling and chiselling).

Cheers for any advice.  :salute:



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Re: 91mm Antler scales - anyone made them?
« Reply #1 on: March 20, 2017, 04:53:38 PM »
I've never made scales, but do be warned that antler can really smell when drilling and cutting.  I'd love to see what you come up with though. :tu:

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Re: 91mm Antler scales - anyone made them?
« Reply #2 on: March 20, 2017, 04:58:13 PM »
I've never made scales, but do be warned that antler can really smell when drilling and cutting.  I'd love to see what you come up with though. :tu:
Thanks G-Man, I'm prepared for the smell (might have to splash on some extra Hai Karate to mask it a little), it's mainly how easy it is to work with handtools that's my main concern.  :cheers:

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Re: 91mm Antler scales - anyone made them?
« Reply #3 on: March 20, 2017, 05:19:00 PM »
It's been years since I did anything but IIRC it's not much different to woodworking.  Certainly no specialist tools required.

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Re: 91mm Antler scales - anyone made them?
« Reply #4 on: March 20, 2017, 05:47:55 PM »
I've never made scales, but do be warned that antler can really smell when drilling and cutting.  I'd love to see what you come up with though. :tu:

Think burning hair and that's about the smell

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Re: 91mm Antler scales - anyone made them?
« Reply #5 on: March 21, 2017, 02:05:53 AM »
My knowledge of antlers isn't that great but be aware that there is generally a softer core inside them. Usually under around a quarter inch of the harder outer layer. Because of this you'll want a piece that is as flat as possible to maximise the amount of good horn. I only have small pieces at home right now (too thin for this property to show) so I can't give you any picture but a picture search for "antler cross section" gives good results.

As for tools I would say that it behaves like a really hard wood so chisels and other edged tools are going to have a hard time but saws and files/sand paper works fine.

And as others have stated, unless you like the smell of burnt hair I would suggest working outdoors or with another source of airflow.

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Re: 91mm Antler scales - anyone made them?
« Reply #6 on: March 21, 2017, 08:39:04 AM »
The best is to use big diameter antlers to get flat scales. If the antlers are too thin the scales will be rounded and too thick.
If you have to sand the outside you will loose the natural touch of deer antler.


« Last Edit: March 21, 2017, 08:43:52 AM by Michel M. »

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Re: 91mm Antler scales - anyone made them?
« Reply #7 on: March 21, 2017, 09:00:36 AM »
^^^ Expert advice  :dd:

All I can add is wood working tools  :tu:  and Bad smell Bad smell Bad smell  :ahhh  :ahhh

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Re: 91mm Antler scales - anyone made them?
« Reply #8 on: March 21, 2017, 10:06:50 PM »
I don't really mind the smell.  The only thing I would add is, remembering you are working with bone so it may not work like you think.   Also there is a pith so make sure you buy something thick enough to not show at the end.



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Re: 91mm Antler scales - anyone made them?
« Reply #9 on: March 22, 2017, 11:01:39 AM »
Thanks for the advice all of you. I'll look for a flat piece with a bit of spare so I can make my mistakes on that before doing the real thing. Looks like it will be an outside task as well  :whistle:

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Re: 91mm Antler scales - anyone made them?
« Reply #10 on: March 22, 2017, 02:04:02 PM »

Thinking back on this, the really bad smells come when grinding and drilling,  :ahhh
you might be ok with just hand tools and taking things slow  :tu:

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Re: 91mm Antler scales - anyone made them?
« Reply #11 on: March 22, 2017, 02:19:04 PM »

Thinking back on this, the really bad smells come when grinding and drilling,  :ahhh
you might be ok with just hand tools and taking things slow  :tu:

That's good - My cordless drills have all gone kaput and I have a nice little collection of hand drills - Old Skool!

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Re: 91mm Antler scales - anyone made them?
« Reply #12 on: March 23, 2017, 11:46:25 AM »

Thinking back on this, the really bad smells come when grinding and drilling,  :ahhh
you might be ok with just hand tools and taking things slow  :tu:

That sounds about right.  Don't get it too hot and you might mitigate the smell.  I'd still not do it in my house though, just in case. :D

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Re: 91mm Antler scales - anyone made them?
« Reply #13 on: March 23, 2017, 12:09:27 PM »

Thinking back on this, the really bad smells come when grinding and drilling,  :ahhh
you might be ok with just hand tools and taking things slow  :tu:

That sounds about right.  Don't get it too hot and you might mitigate the smell.  I'd still not do it in my house though, just in case. :D
Oh, I was hoping to do it round your house. I'll try Kirky or Sparkie instead.

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Re: 91mm Antler scales - anyone made them?
« Reply #14 on: March 23, 2017, 07:23:25 PM »

My garage is always available, I might have to tidy a bit to get us both in  :think:

PS, bring Jaffa cakes  :D

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Re: 91mm Antler scales - anyone made them?
« Reply #15 on: March 23, 2017, 07:51:32 PM »

My garage is always available, I might have to tidy a bit to get us both in  :think:

PS, bring Jaffa cakes  :D
And a tribute of rust for the rust Gods.

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Re: 91mm Antler scales - anyone made them?
« Reply #16 on: March 23, 2017, 08:01:45 PM »
Don't you think I have enough rust?  :D  or were you thinking Vinegar?   

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Re: 91mm Antler scales - anyone made them?
« Reply #17 on: March 23, 2017, 08:48:09 PM »
Don't you think I have enough rust?  :D  or were you thinking Vinegar?
Is there such a thing as enough rust?

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Re: 91mm Antler scales - anyone made them?
« Reply #18 on: March 23, 2017, 09:42:12 PM »
 ;) :D

Heres another little tip for you Mags,
Use hot melt glue to stick the scales to a block of wood (middle left) to hold while you are sanding them flat  :tu:




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