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Old 12-07-2009, 08:50 PM
traper traper is offline
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Default fleshing beams

hey every body i need some help i am trying to find some plans or pics of fleshing beams i could make that arnt very exspensive i have never built one but i have seen some pics but almost all of them are different like some are mounted on work benches an others are on the floor at like a 45 degree angle an i got no clue if one is better than another or how they are made or the size of them. so can anyone help?
by the way i will be trapping coon red an grey fox an possum
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Old 12-07-2009, 10:12 PM
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One of the easiest is a half log, smoothed with a drawknife. I prefer the beam to be at an angle. I have a home made saw horse that I can attach the beam to and sit straddle the saw horse.

It doesn't have to be anything fancy or spectacular.

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Old 12-07-2009, 11:23 PM
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alright does it half to be a specific kind of wood.also does it half to be curved on the top like a log would be or can it be flat. and at the end were the face of the pelt would be does that half to be rounded off kind of like a dull point type of thing or flat acrossed
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Old 12-08-2009, 11:34 AM
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I have always used a maple 2 X 10. Then round off the top edge down 3/4 of the board and yes, you make a pointed but rounded and smooth tip at the top. I have mine in a cradle I make and the beam is about 45 degrees, although not exactly, as I set it up custom for my height and draw.
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Old 12-08-2009, 03:23 PM
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It doesn't have to be any particular type of wood. It works much better if it is rounded like a log, but you want it smooth no matter what you use. Otherwise, your scraping will result in tearing the hides.

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Old 12-08-2009, 10:06 PM
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Another good way to go is to take about a six foot piece of 6 inch PVC, cut it in half lengthwise. round the end to keep from poking holes in the skin. You can use it pressed agingst a wall with the rounded end at your chest or make a stand for it. works well and lasts
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Old 04-06-2010, 05:18 PM
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Default fleshing beams

Ahh, you need 2 or 3 beams for different size pelts. I use a big beam more than the smaller ones anymore. I made it out of a 30 gallon blue plastic barrel. I built a craddle to hold it at the right angle and height and put the barrel in bottom up and sanded the rear reinforcing ring flat on the using surface with a side grinder. Easy to clean and works like a charm on beaver size pelts or larger.

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Old 04-09-2010, 01:56 AM
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Fur, Fish & Game magazine published the spex for fleshing boards years ago. You might want to contact them to see if they have them on hand.
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Old 04-15-2010, 06:31 PM
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Default You Can Buy Them OR Make Them


I've seen beams made of simple boards, and I've seen them made of synthetic material such as plastic or fiberglass. The plastic or fiberglass ones were hollow so that you could slip them over any handy board for support. Get on and talk to those folks over there. Also try to get a copy of the Trapper and Predator Caller magazine and check out all the dealers ads and their long lists of supplies. It'll ruin you forever like the Sears Christmas catalogs used to.OzarksJohn
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