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    I did pre-drill the holes in the skull but just eyeballed it. You will have enough play so when you tighten things down you can adjust it a bit. Feeding the toggle nut into the brain cavity with some needle nose pliers was a hassle but only took a couple of tries. It was a bit tricky.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ptarmigan View Post
    I did pre-drill the holes in the skull but just eyeballed it. You will have enough play so when you tighten things down you can adjust it a bit. Feeding the toggle nut into the brain cavity with some needle nose pliers was a hassle but only took a couple of tries. It was a bit tricky.

    Did you use any rubber washers to keep from cracking the bone when you tightened it?
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    I didn't use any washers but the toggle nut is big enough and the spread great enough I don't think I'll have any issues. The skull where I drilled is quite thick also. Pretty sure my kids could hang off of the whole works without moving it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ptarmigan View Post
    I didn't use any washers but the toggle nut is big enough and the spread great enough I don't think I'll have any issues. The skull where I drilled is quite thick also. Pretty sure my kids could hang off of the whole works without moving it!
    LOL, good to know although i wouldn't recommend letting your kids hang off it... the next thing you'll see would be a rope over the antlers with the kids swinging back and forth.
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    I mounted it to the wall using a square metal electric box cover I had laying around. I cut out a channel with a dremel in the cover for the 3/8" lag bolt that I put in my wall. This way I could just slide the plaque right over the bolt. I had enough material in the plaque so I could use a speedbore to carve the channel in the wood behind the cover. Not wanting to take chances I did add two more screw holes to the cover. The last thing I added was a couple of thin sticky felt pads to the back of the plaque so it would stay put and not rub the wall. I know you can buy mounting brackets but I had the stuff and it wasn't going to cost me anything. It only took about 10 minutes to make it.




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    Quote Originally Posted by akula682 View Post
    LOL, good to know although i wouldn't recommend letting your kids hang off it... the next thing you'll see would be a rope over the antlers with the kids swinging back and forth.
    Haha, I could see my two boys doing that if they thought they could get away with it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by KJH View Post
    I have a friend who does quite a few skulls each year. His favotite process is to skin it out as best you can but without too much effort... Then leave it frozen in the winter in the shed to keep mice and squirrels from chewing on the antlers. The once spring comes around he attaches a stainless cable to it and tosses it in a pond for a couple of weeks. It comes out mostly cleaned, inside and out. He then sprays it with a Hotsy pressure washer and its done. Very little effort. No boiling, no stink. Of course, he has to bleach once its done.
    this one's a great tip

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    A question for those who have gone the pressure washer method. Do you end up damaging/destroying the nose cartilage when you are trying to clear out the passages, or is the cartilage strong enough to withstand the force of the water? If I ever have the chance to do it, I'll be using a 3100 psi washer with the zero degree nozzle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steven_JR View Post
    A question for those who have gone the pressure washer method. Do you end up damaging/destroying the nose cartilage when you are trying to clear out the passages, or is the cartilage strong enough to withstand the force of the water? If I ever have the chance to do it, I'll be using a 3100 psi washer with the zero degree nozzle.
    The washer will blow the delicate nasal bones out,, maceration will preserve them if that is important.
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    Thanks, that was my thought as well. I just hadn't seen a good photo angle to show what was left after pressure washing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steven_JR View Post
    A question for those who have gone the pressure washer method. Do you end up damaging/destroying the nose cartilage when you are trying to clear out the passages, or is the cartilage strong enough to withstand the force of the water? If I ever have the chance to do it, I'll be using a 3100 psi washer with the zero degree nozzle.

    Definitely will blow out nasal (turbinate) bones. I advise against using the 0-degree nozzle, as you can carve your initials in concrete using that fine of a tip. When I have power washed skulls, I found that the best results were using the "turbo" rotating nozzle. The pulsating action seems to work well. It's especially effective for the tough cartilage and connective tissue at the rear of the skull where the neck muscles attach.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steven_JR View Post
    A question for those who have gone the pressure washer method. Do you end up damaging/destroying the nose cartilage when you are trying to clear out the passages, or is the cartilage strong enough to withstand the force of the water? If I ever have the chance to do it, I'll be using a 3100 psi washer with the zero degree nozzle.
    Not perfect, but good enough for what I wanted.




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    Thanks Brian! That's about what I expected. I can live with that. Sounds like the key is to go slow and work up the intensity until I get the flesh off.

    Now I just have to hope for some RM435 (Late season Ship Creek) success!

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    I'm still working on my moose and sheep. I messed up the nose with the pressure washer on the moose so I'd recommend not going anywhere close to it. I have a weak electric presure washer and still screwed it up quick. I ended up simmering for 2 hours, pressure washing and then soaking the nose in Biz for a week. The moose I had to soak 3 different times to get the front, bottom and back. Supper happy with the results of the sheep and mostly the moose. Now I'm letting it dry for the whitening.

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    I just finished up with my sons first bou. Pretty happy with the way it turned out.


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    That's sharp. They look great.
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    Love those panels. What are they and where did you get them? I hate the traditional ones you can buy and am always looking for alternatives...

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    Quote Originally Posted by nhannah View Post
    Love those panels. What are they and where did you get them? I hate the traditional ones you can buy and am always looking for alternatives...
    Thanks! I just went down to Valley Sawmill here in Anchorage and wandered around a bit looking for scraps. Found some pieces that looked promising and went to work with a sawzall, jig saw, and a palm sander. Took about an hour or so to make and I finished with some mineral oil to bring out the grains a bit.

    I agree that the pre-made ones you can buy are not attractive. Figured I could make something kinda the way I wanted as Id be looking at it forever! No two will be the same either which is either good or bad depending on your OCD levels! Haha!


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