Velociraptor Skull Trophy Wall Mount

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Introduction: 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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    10 Discussions

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    pudtiny
    pudtiny

    3 years ago

    Nice job and thanks for the mention

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    ksjunto
    ksjunto

    3 years ago

    Beyond cool!

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    DanL63
    DanL63

    Reply 3 years ago

    thank you!

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    LittleBilly
    LittleBilly

    3 years ago

    This looks like it has room for some more ribs on there

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    DanL63
    DanL63

    Reply 3 years ago

    good eye there B

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    -BALES-
    -BALES-

    3 years 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
    DanL63

    Reply 3 years ago

    Thanks mister B! Nice shop set-up BTW~

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    -BALES-
    -BALES-

    Reply 3 years 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.

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    Anirudh Ralhan
    Anirudh Ralhan

    3 years ago

    This deserves to be on my wall!!!! AWESOME!!!

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    DanL63
    DanL63

    Reply 3 years ago

    Thank you sir!