Velociraptor Skull Trophy Wall Mount

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Intro: Velociraptor Skull Trophy Wall Mount

Dinosaur skeleton wall mount trophy crafted from scrap plywood

Step 1: Layout and Design- the Skull!

So, I have to start with a nod to the inspiration for this Ible from the great pudtiny. His version can be found here- https://www.instructables.com/id/Dinosaur-Trophy/ His version is clean and uncomplicated and definitely worth a look. I had to make it!
But I wanted to have a stronger skeletal feel based on anatomical drawings. I pulled a random velociraptor skull drawing from the web and simplified the lines for cut-out.
Assembly was pretty basic slot construction with glued joints, to give it a dimensional look.

Step 2: Spine and Vertebrae!

I loved pudtiny's pose and tried to match those curves. I cut a mock up spine out of of MDX to play around with position, then moved to plywood once I got the pose I wanted. This would be a breeze on a band saw, but I made it work with a jig saw. The vertebra are slotted and glued, like the skull. I left everything kind of raw with only minimal sanding. Once everything was dry and fairly solid- time to think about the mount.....

Step 3: Rustic Wall Mount

I wanted to look rough and unfinished (like a wall mounted dino skull should!) So the backboard is a piece of old fence rail I had around. I cut off a strip of the bottom edge, slotted the bottom of the upright section to receive the spine, and cut the spine flush to fit. Once the fit was right, I glued and screwed the strip from the bottom edge back into place. For good measure, I tacked the spine to the backboard from the back, and glued the joint. It's pretty solid. Fun project and not too tough. I might do a v2.0 to fix a few things I didn't love. Thanks for checking it out~

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    pudtiny

    1 year ago

    Nice job and thanks for the mention

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    -BALES-

    1 year ago

    This is so awesome!! I've been wanting to do this type of project with an elephant skull, but still trying to wrap my brain around all of the half lap connection points and how to lay them out. Then a dragon ... and Star Wars creatures of course.

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    DanL63-BALES-

    Reply 1 year ago

    Thanks mister B! Nice shop set-up BTW~

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    -BALES-DanL63

    Reply 1 year ago

    Thanks! It seems to constantly evolve. I'm trying to find space on the other side of the wall for metal working now ... another rabbit hole.