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~