Picture of Bandsaw Taxidermy
I am not a hunter, in the literal sense; more of an alley walker, stalking dumpsters and backyard scrap heaps for promising prey, old wood, discarded appliances, mint-condition cardboard.  My trophies are oft-unappreciated, fading into the background of my apartment.  No longer.  Here is a way for us rifle-less sportsmen to decorate our bars, dens, and studies.  

With some weathered, old-growth wood, a bandsaw, and a free afternoon, I made my own deer mount with angular antlers and a smooth, modern appeal.  Without fur, it won't hold smells and moths; without eyes, it won't creep out little children; and without killing anything, it will appease the militant vegan faction.  So, grab some tools and go deer yourself.  

I designed this deer head for a class I teach at the ReBuilding Exchange.  The relatively simple form and limited set of skills is perfect for a short class, as it teaches a straightforward, measurable objective in a reasonable amount of time.  In addition to the class, we may be making multiples of these for sale.  So, for smooth and efficient reproduction, I made templates for the head and antlers.

You will need these materials:

~ 18" of 2" x 12" material (for the head)
~ 12" of 2" x 10" material (for the plaque, could use plywood)
4 3" wood or deck screws
wood glue
finish of your choice

You will need these tools:

Bandsaw or jigsaw
Cardboard or masonite (for templating)
Ruler/tape measure
Up_4_anything made it!5 months ago
Just had to give this a try. I went for the unicorn design for my little girl. She loves it. Great gift idea for almost anybody.
BeachsideHank10 months ago

Reminds me of the plywood "lawn deer" people put
in their yards, sometimes decorated by shotguns as the owner artfully combines
his two hobbies into one. This is better though, as you can make up a great lie
about bagging "the big one".

craft-n-genius10 months ago

Wow, this is so cool! I am so going to make this! Great 'ible :D

lilchumy10 months ago
This is really cool! Like the rustic look
leklund made it!1 year ago
great project, I just had to give it a go myself
notforfooduse made it!2 years ago
I made one with my cousin over a couple of days. He liked your design so much that he made me trace your templates from the pictures onto some 15mm board we had lying about which we then cut with a jigsaw.
do you still have the templates?
Here's what I did. It's not accurate (it was a rough trace from the pictures, so is also a little bit distorted). You'll have to decide on a size before you print though.
Turel221 year ago
I want one
guyzo35 made it!2 years ago
Couldn't resist going with the Unicorn option. My dinky bandsaw couldn't cut through 2" boards too well, but 3/4" ply seemed to work just fine.

Thanks for the awesome idea!
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owlart1013 years ago
Great job, I love it, much much better than real taxidermy, I actually think the real stuff is pretty disgusting
wilgubeast3 years ago
That's awesome. The mounted heads look great, and I bet your pupils learned a ton. The bandsaw wood-paper-kindergarten analogy was particularly good.
rimar20003 years ago
How cute it is! Congrats.