I've got a guy wants a curved fleshing board like this -
I'm going to go with poplar and I was wondering if I should finish it
in any way. These boards are for scraping the fat from the back of
pelts, so they can get pretty messy. I'm sort of thinking that I'd
like to put on a couple of coats of real thin poly just to seal it.
Never made one, never used one.
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I'm by no means an authority on Skinning and Tanning hides, having only
done it a few times.
My thoughts however would be to seal the board with an oil type sealer,
as the fats etc, from fleshing the hide would tend to seal the timber
every time it is used.
It may get on the nose after awhile so good scrub down every now and
then would be recommended ;)
Try something a bit more water resistant such as cypress, white oak or even
yellow pine. A clear
2x10 or 2x8 will work fine if you can find one with no pith down the middle.
Orient the slab so
that when the board cups, the convex side is up, and round the topside corners.
Raise the grain a
couple of times and knock it down. Tiny splinters can poke tiny holes in the
hide. These can
become big holes during dry scraping. DAMHIKT.
Big fleshing beams tend to get left outside rather than stored in the house,
during the tanning
season. A couple of good rains will wash it off for storage in the shed/barn
during the off season.
If you use a twoby plank, you can nail a hunk of twoby four to the bottom of the
thing, then add a
hinged leg of twoby four a couple of feet from the end of the plank for a leg,
and you have a
No one I know has ever applied a finish to one of these. I suppose the fat does
that. The tip
should be fairly blunt, as you lean into the thing to hold the hide in place
I'll remember to do that. I was just telling the GF the other day
about how my parents' deck was installed "wrong". They've got the
boards so the growth rings cup down, which, unfortuantely, means they
have physically cupped UP, and thus hold water.
I hadn't thought of that - the bluntness being for comfort. I sort of
thought that it was for stretching or something. That's the beauty of
usenent. Thanks much.
I've used 4" Schedule 40 PVC for this purpose.... similar in 8" or 10" would
be better as it doesn't need finish and only needs a scrubbing with hot
water, some detergent, and a sponge to clean up. I'd forgo the wood if this
thing is intended to be around a while and need to be stored...
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