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So I needed some plaques for euro mounts I'm doing and since I like to make my own stuff whenever possible, I decided to try my hand at it.

 

Rufous (Rusty) made a really nice plaque for Jon a couple years ago, and I couldn't remember exactly what it looked like, but I had a general idea. So I looked at some old stone Indian arrowheads, got a basic idea for what I wanted, drew it on paper and made some patterns. Got some 1x12 pine board and used the jigsaw to cut out the shapes. Then used a rough rasp to give it a hand chiseled broadhead look. Stained everything up while it was apart. Used some 3/4" dowel, got the angles, counter sunk the holes and glued and screwed them together.

 

You can probably tell by the knots that the one with the skull on it is not the same one being cut out, I didn't think to take pictures until after the first one was done. I still have to touch up the rough edges with stain since they soak it up like crazy and also have to put a finish on the entire thing still, but I thought it turned out pretty good for a first try. Second one is almost done now and I have enough wood for one more. The 8 pointer is my NY state buck from a couple years ago, the 6 pointer is Beaverkills NY buck.

 

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Another trick I do is use a soldering torch and pass it lightly over the wood. It will darken only the light spots in the wood giving it a nice pattern. I'll post some pics of my arrow head plaques done like this when I get home. The wife and I are in Cape May until tomorrow. Nice job on your plaques they look good.

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Another trick I do is use a soldering torch and pass it lightly over the wood. It will darken only the light spots in the wood giving it a nice pattern. I'll post some pics of my arrow head plaques done like this when I get home. The wife and I are in Cape May until tomorrow. Nice job on your plaques they look good.

Thanks all.

 

The torch idea is Interesting....I will have to mess around with some scrap wood and see what I can come up with. Would like to see what you mean too when you have a chance to take pictures and post them.

 

I also thought about making the wood look old, weathered and used by rough sanding it, hammering it and banging it up, then coating it in a combination of black tea, steel wool and vinegar. I've never tried it, but supposedly you can make brand new wood look like real old barn wood.

 

Might mess around with that too. But wasn't sure how good a "fit" that would be for euro mounts.

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That’s a great way to make a pedestal mount Matt.  Very creative and it looks great.

 


Rufous (Rusty) made a really nice plaque for Jon a couple years ago, and I couldn't remember exactly what it looked like

 

I used a rasp to round off the edges on the one I made for Jon.

 

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Here's one that I did with a torch. I like the rough edges on the plaques you guys made. I'll have to try that next time.

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Here's two more I did the same way. One for a small rack buck and the other for a turkey I killed.

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Thanks guys!

 

Rusty, thanks for adding the pic. I was making one of these for Jons buck from last year and I wanted it to somewhat match the one you made him. I forgot you did the cutouts all the way around. I think it still carries enough of the theme over though that he'll be happy with it. I loved the leather string you used to hang it too...that was awesome.

 

Kilbo, I like the way it looks with the torched wood, kind of looks like more expensive/exotic wood when you do that. Like zebra or cocobolo almost. I'll have to mess around with it. Thanks for adding the pictures and the idea.

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Nice job Mat

 

 

 

Here's two more I did the same way.

 

 

I bet that would look even better if it was stained red or red/brown.  :up:

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Rusty, thanks for adding the pic.      I loved the leather string you used to hang it too...that was awesome.

 

 

That’s just because I’m too lazy to do it the right way.   :rofl: 

 

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Here’s another one, I used pine and a lighter stain on this one.  I think the darker one above looks better.

 

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I gave Jon his plaque and skull on Friday of C week when we met to go turkey hunting. He loved it....but then proceeded to drop the euro mount on to my truck bed and break the one antler off. As he was picking it up saying; "So this thing is pretty sturdy hu.....(skull falling and breaking)

 

I'm almost done with the repairs. LOL

 

I guess I should have told him the skull just sits on the plaque with a raised "catch" that prevents it from sliding forward. It's NOT screwed down. My fault....

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He loved it....but then proceeded to drop the euro mount on to my truck bed and break the one antler off. 

 

OH NO!!!!!

 

That happened to me once when I was working a check station.  It was a young boy’s first deer and when I raised it up on the scale it fell and broke one of the antlers.  That kid let loose with a string of profanity like I’ve never heard before.  :-( 

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