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Fur Shed Tips & Tricks #6300578
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Let's get the shed in order before the season and do some projects before the season.
...here's some things that may help you with fur put up...

I made a 'third hand' board holder.
Two pieces of wood, screwed to front of flesh'n table to forum a slot or ledge for board to sit in. Nose of board is against wall.
This enables me to pull and pin skirt & tail in place, while working with both hands.


I learn this on T-man, from Boco...
I now use Quilting pins or T-pins (Walmart sewing section) to open tails for drying.
Red Fox


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Use poultry shears for fleshing feet and heads for taxi species.


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Use a bone otter clean skinner to open up the chest\upper leg area on difficult taxi species like wolf before skinning

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Use beaver hooks to help skin toes.

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Use a hand magnet for handling nails and pins.(and picking up spilled ones from the floor)


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Use two keys in the back as well as one in the belly after turning fur out,on large animals to allow easy pelt removal and provide an air space between the board and pelt for proper drying.


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Use a shop vac to blow dust out of your pelts before shipping.


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Use a one handed flesher and a small beam to flesh mink marten etc.


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I use wire nails for in place of push pins and also on my coyote and otter and coon and mink and what ever else.I use the ones that is over 2" long.easy to handle.If this might help someone.


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Great stuff. Thx for sharing


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What kind of nails are those Boco? They look very thin and sharp.By the way I have said it before and I will say it again-your put up on beavers is amazing! Man they look fantastic!

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Thanks MB.Those are pinning nails.I bought a couple boxes years ago off a trapper that was selling them at a council meeting.


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I converted an old dryer into a fur tumbler. Fist thing I did was open the back of the dryer and cut all the wires except the ones that turn the drum. Those two wires I attached to the end of an old drop cord so it will run off 110V. instead of 220V. I then duct taped the holes on inside of the drum closed. It's then ready to tumble furs...



I toss in some corncob horse bedding like this... http://www.tractorsupply.com/en/store/best-cob-premium-horse-bedding

2-4 cups is what I use and add more as it needs it....



Here is a coon that was wet and muddy when I skinned it. I then hung it to dry overnight...



Up close...



Same coon after tumbling for about 8-10 min (you can put 5-6 coons in there at a time) ...



Closer up...



I know guys complain the dryers don't do as a good of a job as the big drums, and that you need expensive media in it, but this works good enough for me.

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Ceiling fan(s) instead of light fixtures. More light with a fan option.

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This is not for inexperienced fur handlers. Years ago when trapping grey fox in Southwest deserts where pelts dry fast I would sometimes put the skin flesh side out turned 90 degrees from normal on the stretcher so animal back would be on one edge of stretcher and belly on other edge. When pelt was turned fur side out and put on stretcher normally there would be no ridges on sides to interfere with getting it on straight.

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Re: Fur Shed Tips & Tricks [Re: Hern] #6301410
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An inexpensive kiddie wading pool under the fleshing beam catches almost all of the fat and scraps, and saves floor cleaning later.


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Re: Fur Shed Tips & Tricks [Re: Hern] #6301426
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A big piece of cardboard under your skinning rig sure keeps a lot of mess off the floor. And when it gets nasty, replace it with a new sheet of cardboard. This can also work well under your fleshing beam.

And your local auto body shop is a good source for cardboard. They get lots of big parts like hoods, fenders and bumpers in fairly heavy duty boxes that you can breakdown and use. Sure makes clean up easier IMO.


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Keep a little moveable table or stand nearby the overhead skinning gambrel. Helps me to have nice place to put knives, tail pullers, zippers, and other stuff handy and within just one arms reach when working hides off the carcass. I have an old steel knife sharpening rod there too. Not for sharpening knives, but I can shove that into gap under a coyote or coon front leg and use it as leverage to pull the hide down over rest of the front leg. Push it through the armpit area, grab each side of the tool, and pull down. I suppose a wooden dowel would work too, but I've used this old sharpening steel rod for years and it works great for leg pulling.
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Re: Fur Shed Tips & Tricks [Re: Hern] #6301477
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my tool bench in the fur shed is a gutted and stabalized old console tv.heavy castors with a good sized top for all my tools and stuff with storage for extra's underneath.roll it wherever it's needed.

broken off tails-keep an old snare around to hook on the bone and pull like normal.

always,always,comb things good before fleshing.a burr has turned many a nice hide to a damage.

keep your mouth closed when you flesh as you never know when you are gonna hit a puss pocket or where it will go.









Re: Fur Shed Tips & Tricks [Re: Hern] #6301565
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What ADC says...always. He has tons of good tips. Buy/build one of his skinning machines.
Use a hook blade to go toe to toe opening coons. The dryer conversion is slick and makes 'em look like they just got back from the beauty salon. Water trappers would love it with muddy coons.
Beav's got good stuff, too. Best advice I gleaned from his posts was to put the belly board in from the head, rather than the tail end. MUCH easier to get hide off as the head gets the tightest.
KISS method with Newt. Catch tons of coons with nothing but DP's (wonderful on public ground with virtually no worries) and Jack Mack for $1.38/can at Wally World. If it's going to freeze, ALWAYS keep wet/fish bait below the trigger. Or buy 20 lb sack of cat food in fish varieties, add liquid smoke, bacon grease and a little red fox urine/gland lure. It's killer.
Don't skin skunks or pull essence if your wife will be home soon. But do it because the pods and juice are the most valuable part of the critter.
Mostly, enjoy and read this site, archives and everything, as it shortens the learning curve tremendously. I appreciate everyone sharing.
Nice idea, Hern.

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I do most of my skinning with a utility knife. Dont have to spend time sharpening,just flip the blade around. Keep things as clean as you can. Its a pain to have to pick up the stuff you left laying around before you start skinning. I like wearing an apron with pockets that keep the knives, tail strippers I use all the time handy.


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Spray your long hair fur with water after turning to "train" the hair.
Makes the pelts look better than if they were drummed when the're dry and combed.


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Removing Burdocks...
*Always remove burdocks before skun'n & flesh'n

I don't spray burdocks to soften.
I use a straight, tight tooth pet comb and work them out, one at a time. Don't try to pull all burdocks at once.

Darn burdocks...


One at a time...


That's better...


pcr- last picture, you can see part of my shop table on wheels. Stationed at my skun'n spot. I keep all skun'n knives, gloves, tail puller, tail splitter, rags, paper towels, combs and such within reach.


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grini have another i made into a fish cleaning table the same way.









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i hate it but i've also had to start wearing reading glasses while working.

i got used to tumbled fur in course sawdust and will fill a feedsack with course sawdust and the hide turned fur in to help soak up fat and keep oil off the hide.









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I have a cheap 3 lamp floor lamp Im going to use this year by my skinning hoist seems like I'm always standing in my light
I have a welding magnet on my hoist pole for my knife.
This doesn't apply to the shed but I mounted a plastic trash can to the receiver hitch of my 4 wheeler to haul critters.




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Flip'n fur out - Turning fur

I use a bent nail (hook) attached to cord to turn fur out.
Hook in nostril then pulled thru while standing on cord.
This method is fast & smooth and takes less time for me to explain or post pictures.



Yikes! It's dry. I have to turn the pelt.


I stand on cord. But, used table clamp for this series of picture taking.

Drop cord thru pelt and hook thru nostril...



Get nose and ears started...


I usually start the flanks. This is where folks have trouble with tearing a pelt...


Work head thru pelt...




Clean off dried blood, comb, place back of board and comb fur upward...










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The above pictures are from one of these Red Fox.

Here are Fox taken from the freezer and thawed.
Sure don't look like much at this point.


After flesh'n, drying, cleaning dried blood, combing and more combing...



Am showing these before & after pics from results of basic fur handling methods. Nothing fancy on these Fox.
Basic stuff- skun'n, flesh'n, board'n, flip'n.
I remove dried blood with borax by rubbing area. I do comb canines alot. Finish combing upward, so hair stands up during final drying.
Using correct board size gives a uniform appearance.


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I'm loving this thread Hern, that's great information right there.


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Hern I used your rope hook on some fox my friend gave me last year worked great




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Originally Posted By: jabNE
An inexpensive kiddie wading pool under the fleshing beam catches almost all of the fat and scraps, and saves floor cleaning later.


Go to the appliance store ( or carpet store) and line your floor with large/thick pieces of cardboard. Come spring just burn it. This also adds a little bounce and moisture wicking for the wet critters. A alittle old/used carpet adds more bounce and helps on the old back and hips.

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Good tip Calvin.
...line your floor with large/thick pieces of cardboard...old/used carpet adds more bounce and helps on the old back and hips.
also cardboard and/or carpet on cement floor keeps feet warmer

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illinideer, neat atv setup. Thanks.
I like the idea of magnet knife holder.
I use a magnetic tray to hold push pins.

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I put a rubber bed liner under the skinning machine where the most blood is and cover it and a good portion of the rest of the floor with used carpet. The cardboard wouldn't last long enough to suit me and when it starts to tear up became a trip hazard, wet critters were especially tough on it. You can duct tape the edges of the cardboard or carpet down to concrete floors if they don't want to lay flat.

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https://www.homedepot.com/p/1-16-in-x-4-ft-x-8-ft-Plastic-Panel-63003/202090190 I use two of these under skinning machine and fleshing beam. I lay it down in the garage prior to the season. Keeps the grease and blood from staining the concrete. It cleans up easy and I roll it up at the end of the season and store in shed. On my fourth season . Looks like it will last forever.

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auxiliary work lights, similar to this one https://www.lowes.com/pd/All-Pro-LED-Stand-Work-Light/1000012482 are very handy!

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I like to use floor dry around my skinning machine to absorb blood, works well, but is a little messy


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sawdust here









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hern,i built one of those board holders on the side of my beaver table,i don't know how I lived without it,great idea.

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Originally Posted By: ~ADC~
I put a rubber bed liner under the skinning machine where the most blood is and cover it and a good portion of the rest of the floor with used carpet. The cardboard wouldn't last long enough to suit me and when it starts to tear up became a trip hazard, wet critters were especially tough on it. You can duct tape the edges of the cardboard or carpet down to concrete floors if they don't want to lay flat.

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There is a bit of a learning curve with the cardboard for sure ADC. This is where the HD stuff you get appliances come in is the key It doesn't curl like the thin stuff....and I tape the edges with the clear packaging tape. About any appliance store will have enough for a few layers if you want (more is better of course).

I toss a lot of wet rats and even a few dumb coon and beaver on it and it dries from both sides this way. I've not had an issue with it coming apart, personally....but I keep fans on the wet stuff constantly so it doesn't go soggy.

I use and like the rubber mats as well if I'm standing in one place long (under my beams).

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I use rubber stock trailer mats under my skinning machine. Cheap and readily available at farm auctions.


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Originally Posted By: Miley
https://www.homedepot.com/p/1-16-in-x-4-ft-x-8-ft-Plastic-Panel-63003/202090190 I use two of these under skinning machine and fleshing beam. I lay it down in the garage prior to the season. Keeps the grease and blood from staining the concrete. It cleans up easy and I roll it up at the end of the season and store in shed. On my fourth season . Looks like it will last forever.


I got one of these last year for $1.00 at Lowes on closeout and drilled a hole in the center for my floor mount. It saved my floor big time and sprays off clean.

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Good stuff guys!


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I keep push pins in magnetic tray. Keeps them in place and easy to get at...



Place Borax in plastic containers. Large enough to reach in for a handful or a pinch...


Wipes come in handy...


I smoke cigars while in the shed. I don't reach in my pocket for a lighter with a Long nose lighter laying around...
(also great for burning fallen ticks)

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I use a unistrut system for hanging up my fur and storing my boards, it has been working well.


Hanging in my fur handling area of my garage waiting to be filled. The vehicles still fit too...

Fur hanging in my basement


Beaver boards get place in my rack I made, may add some casters on it to move easily.



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I also made a board holder that accommodates the unistrut system.





I use a scrap piece of rigid insulation to hold my tacks, I poke myself way to often to do it any other way...

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Hern, I go through a lot of those disinfecting wipes.


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my thumb usually looks like a pin cushion at the end of the season from pushpins.









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Rendezvous, i also use the unistrut suystem and like it a lot. Why do you have different hardware and holes on some of the boards as opposed to the regular t shaped hardware at the base of the board?

It looks like threaded rod

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great thread thanks for the tips.



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Rendezvous, i also use the unistrut suystem and like it a lot. Why do you have different hardware and holes on some of the boards as opposed to the regular t shaped hardware at the base of the board?

It looks like threaded rod




It is threaded rod. I hang my Fox and Coyote heads up. I had to modified the regular t shaped hardware with the threaded rod, to make it possible.


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I learned on here to use a ball peen hammer to get the hide loose from coyotes around the front legs and chest area. Thumbs are less sore now from skinning.

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Originally Posted By: backroadsarcher
I learned on here to use a ball peen hammer to get the hide loose from coyotes around the front legs and chest area. Thumbs are less sore now from skinning.



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thanks ADC! that's the one. Really helps.

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Good stuff there ADC, you sure cut them front legs off short. Thanks for taking the time to put that vid together.


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Originally Posted By: ~ADC~
I converted an old dryer into a fur tumbler. Fist thing I did was open the back of the dryer and cut all the wires except the ones that turn the drum. Those two wires I attached to the end of an old drop cord so it will run off 110V. instead of 220V. I then duct taped the holes on inside of the drum closed. It's then ready to tumble furs...



I toss in some corncob horse bedding like this... http://www.tractorsupply.com/en/store/best-cob-premium-horse-bedding

2-4 cups is what I use and add more as it needs it....



Here is a coon that was wet and muddy when I skinned it. I then hung it to dry overnight...



Up close...



Same coon after tumbling for about 8-10 min (you can put 5-6 coons in there at a time) ...



Closer up...



I know guys complain the dryers don't do as a good of a job as the big drums, and that you need expensive media in it, but this works good enough for me.

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ADC, Do you use mineral spirits with the media too?


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Originally Posted By: robert.d12

ADC, Do you use mineral spirits with the media too?


Nope, never have.

Re: Fur Shed Tips & Tricks [Re: Hern] #6305288
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Originally Posted By: Hern
Flip'n fur out - Turning fur

I use a bent nail (hook) attached to cord to turn fur out.
Hook in nostril then pulled thru while standing on cord.
This method is fast & smooth and takes less time for me to explain or post pictures.



Yips! It's dry. I have to turn the pelt.


I stand on cord. But, used table clamp for this series of picture taking.

Drop cord thru pelt and hook thru nostril...



Get nose and ears started...


I usually start the flanks. This is where folks have trouble with tearing a pelt...


Work head thru pelt...




Clean off dried blood, comb, place back of board and comb fur upward...









I like this one.It make it easyer to do coyotes.I will have to make one up for this .Thank you for Posting this. As for beaver what i do to skin them is I do the normal cuts on them then I start to skin on the belly and then around the tail ,I hang them buy the tail and then sin them you do not have the body roll around the weight of the skin make it east to skin and also to skin out the head.Works for me.


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No Front Legs? what the heck! how do you do that?

Cut canine front legs off in the elbow area...


When canines pelt dries 'fur out', tuck front legs inside pelt...
-don't forget to cut off bottom lip when boarding, creating a uniform appearance-
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This tool helps me adjust pan height/level pans.
I have one at the work bench and one in by setting bag (just in case).
From #0 Vic to #3 Bridger...






A skun'n base helps skun Coyote & Coon.
My 'Look-A-Like' ADC base has speeded skun'n and ease on the arthritis.
Skun'n Base...




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Well, I feel enlightened and pretty ignorant all in one this morning. I've seen that pan adjustment tool in catalogs and never quite understood what it was for. Didn't jump out and bite me. I've been using channel-locks to accomplish the same thing. That tool looks to be a WHOLE lot easier and more accurate. Thanks for the pics! I'm one of the slow ones that can benefit from visual explanation.

Good stuff on this thread!


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Re: Fur Shed Tips & Tricks [Re: Calvin] #6305480
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Originally Posted By: Calvin
Originally Posted By: ~ADC~
I put a rubber bed liner under the skinning machine where the most blood is and cover it and a good portion of the rest of the floor with used carpet. The cardboard wouldn't last long enough to suit me and when it starts to tear up became a trip hazard, wet critters were especially tough on it. You can duct tape the edges of the cardboard or carpet down to concrete floors if they don't want to lay flat.

~ADC~


There is a bit of a learning curve with the cardboard for sure ADC. This is where the HD stuff you get appliances come in is the key It doesn't curl like the thin stuff....and I tape the edges with the clear packaging tape. About any appliance store will have enough for a few layers if you want (more is better of course).

I toss a lot of wet rats and even a few dumb coon and beaver on it and it dries from both sides this way. I've not had an issue with it coming apart, personally....but I keep fans on the wet stuff constantly so it doesn't go soggy.

I use and like the rubber mats as well if I'm standing in one place long (under my beams).


I too use cardboard on my floors, but I take things a step further. I lay down a cheap plastic painters drop cloth over my cardboard. Very easy to change out when needed and makes clean up at the end of the season very simple.


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The key to be able to get a razor edge on a beaver knife for clean skinning is to thin the blade first on a wet wheel.
Then it is easy to hone a razor edge with a good stone,and after that a few swipes on the strop will keep the edge keen.



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Some day I抦 gonna sit down with someone and learn that clean skinned method Boco ! Looks like it抯 got to be better than scraping one on a beam .

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I like clean skinning better than doing them on a beam,but some prefer the beam.Clean skinning can be difficult if you cant keep your knife razor sharp.


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An old butcher taught me that years ago ! One question though, on a round nosed beaver knife do you not sharpen all of the nose ?

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Boco what knife is that? All I seem to find is the wooden handled Dexter knives and I like that handle much better.

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Originally Posted By: Terrence j
Boco what knife is that? All I seem to find is the wooden handled Dexter knives and I like that handle much better.


Looks like this one... https://www.amazon.com/Victorinox-Skinni...torinox+skinner

I have one and I can easily shave hair with it with just a couple passes from this sharpener... https://www.amazon.com/AccuSharp-ACCU-00...knife+sharpener

Try is and see, you're out less than $8 if I'm wrong, but I'm not wrong. smile

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Thank you ADC I will give them a try. Looking at your posts and all the good info you share you might be right. 😁

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5inch Victorinox skinner like ADC's link.


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I like the look of the knife James but not the sharpener. Yes it will sharpen a knife but they consume metal at a rate I抦 not comfortable with.

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Years ago I was at a NTA get together and NAFA had a guy from Canada there name Phil and I sat down and watch him flesh a beaver skin like Boco look like done and how fast he done it.I just did not sit done to really do it but did not forget how he did it and also have got one of the knife he use that he was selling and some other tools.that I use.I know I will have to do the knife way.For how it is for me to get.


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I keep trying but I can not skin a beaver that clean.


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saw dust makes blood and grease a easy clean up also helps prevent slipping on a bloody floor! I prefer planner chipping most a coffee can worth under my skinning rig will last a season.


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One of the handiest items in the fur shed is a piece of burlap. Great for keeping the fleshing beam clean.


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Originally Posted By: TONY.F
saw dust makes blood and grease a easy clean up also helps prevent slipping on a bloody floor! I prefer planner chipping most a coffee can worth under my skinning rig will last a season.


Me too. I save saw dust from wood projects, and use it liberally at my skinning/fleshing area.

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Originally Posted By: QuietButDeadly
One of the handiest items in the fur shed is a piece of burlap. Great for keeping the fleshing beam clean.


Yes, great tied around waist when fleshing to keep hide from slipping on beam and getting a good grip when pulling/skinning. Sawdust great for fleshing greasy coons.

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Oh and I keep a five gallon bucket lined with a small garbage bag right by the scraping station. I can toss globs of fat into it easily right from where I stand at the beam. Then afterward just close the bag and toss it in garbage place a new bag in the bucket and ready for next round.
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One of the handiest items in the fur shed is a piece of burlap. Great for keeping the fleshing beam clean.
Burlap keeps hide in place when fleshing...
When fleshing, place a piece of burlap between your apron (your stomach) & point of beam.
Burlap placed in this manner, keeps hide from slipping down beam with pressure from you stomach (& piece of burlap) against beam.

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If you're saving skunk essence, use a plastic/unbreakable jar and don't put it up high where it can fall and break on the floor. Don't ask how I know.

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Originally Posted By: Hern
One of the handiest items in the fur shed is a piece of burlap. Great for keeping the fleshing beam clean.
Burlap keeps hide in place when fleshing...
When fleshing, place a piece of burlap between your apron (your stomach) & point of beam.
Burlap placed in this manner, keeps hide from slipping down beam with pressure from you stomach (& piece of burlap) against beam.


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When I freeze pelts to be fleshed and stretched later, I roll them up tail first...nose last. When I thaw them out, I hang them up hanging by the eye hole...and they unroll by themselves as they thaw.

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I like magnets! I have a magnetic strip by the bench to hang knives, steels,and other useful tools when done using them. I also have them on my skinning machine to hold knife when pulling legs out so it's not in my hand where it could be dangerous. You can make your own very easy, just use some construction adhesive(caulk) and glue them to a board, I like the magnets that are about 1󫎽/4' thick.


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Originally Posted By: dustytinner
I like magnets! I have a magnetic strip by the bench to hang knives, steels,and other useful tools when done using them. I also have them on my skinning machine to hold knife when pulling legs out so it's not in my hand where it could be dangerous. You can make your own very easy, just use some construction adhesive(caulk) and glue them to a board, I like the magnets that are about 1󫎽/4' thick.


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I glued a piece of carpet to my skinning apron .
I can lean harder on there tip of my beam and gives a better grip on the nose of the critter being worked on.


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Probably goes without saying but,I sand down the edges on all my beaver boards,even before marking the size lines.It only takes a couple minutes,and will prevent some nasty slivers.


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Any kids hair detangled spray helps on those really tough bur messes.


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This is archive worthy

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If you turn your boards sideways you can get a bigger patterns on a smaller board

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Note to self.... Try to remember all these ideas.

Thanks everyone!!

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I always have a scale hanging in my fur shed. Seems a lot of us trappers are always guessing and curious at how much the critters weigh. Kind of fun to guess the weight of a coyote, bobcat, beaver, or whatever I've caught while out on the line and then see how close my guess is when I get back home.


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Originally Posted By: concrete man
If you turn your boards sideways you can get a bigger patterns on a smaller board
I wish I would have known this, I just made 6 boards (3 double sided) last weekend! cry


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I've learned a few things on this thread. Am always looking to save time. Thanks folks.

I mark the width of boards with permanent marker (both sides). This saves time when looking for the right size board or one gets mixed with another size.


I mark Coon boards for length of pelt. This gives me a gauge on size of Coon when boarding.



I mark my lure & bait caps with permanent marker. I use a simple code to what's in the bottle.
Trappers are always looking at the cap of a bottle or lid of a jar. This saves fumbling around, looking for lable at set or re-stocking at home.
Storing lure & bait in the fridge- Placing lure & bait bottles in cardboard boxes will keep the fur shed fridge a bit more organized and bottles easier to handle.




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When your neoprene waders are ready to be tossed cut them off at the thighs and wear them when fleshing. It keeps the hide In place and will save your apron. And gives you a little padding against the beam end.


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Man, I love this site! Really hope this goes in the archives! Lots of tricks and experience in this thread.


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Originally Posted By: The Beav
When your neoprene waders are ready to be tossed cut them off at the thighs and wear them when fleshing. It keeps the hide In place and will save your apron. And gives you a little padding against the beam end.
. I have an old pair of neoprene waders hanging at camp. Now I know what I抳e been saving them for.

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Wear hand protection when skinning(surgical gloves, etc)

If your hands get dry and cracked, check a product called "blue goo"


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I have tried several different gambrels. What I have found that works best for me is snare cable run through a fender washer. The loop holds itself open, stick a foot in the loop and a bit of downward pressure it will "slam" shut. Works great on the bigger dogs, no fumbling with choker chain trying to hold the loop open with one hand and the dog with the other. Also if it hasn't been mentioned before, tree lopping shears work great for foot removal, I just leave them hanging right above my head by the winch hand control.

EDIT: Not my ideas, just passing on what I have seen here and other places.









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Nice set up petey.

Dd says- Really hope this goes in the archives! Lots of tricks and experience in this thread.

FHf says- This is archive worthy

I hope a moderator hears you guys. Good stuff above.
Now some joker will use this info in a trapping article or video...lol

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Originally Posted By: Hern

Now some joker will use this info in a trapping article or video...lol


Hern, my book is already at the publisher getting edited. laugh


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What I use when I scrape my skins on a beam.I use some old t shirts that is worn out and use that between my apron and the skin and also use it to wipe down the skin.It is some thing I am use to.Also use a fence stretcher for when I hang my animals to skin. I have a limited space to do it all and make it all work. Also use a dog choker to hold the hind feet of the animals and the tail of a beaver after I get it skin around the tail, the skin with its weight help to skin it easy also and when you do the head too.


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I make Rags for the trapping season out of my old work shirts my wife gives them the last wash and I take and I cut them up for usable rags I use this Fiskars round cutting wheel that is made for cutting cloth works like a dream and makes quick work out of shirts and I throw them in a bucket with a lid


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I have several extra Mink drags I use for double hooks.
They come in handy from time to time...


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TTT keep the tips coming.

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dustytinner, I have always been rough on t-shirts and reuse them as rags... I'll have to try that Fiskars round cutting wheel, thanks for the tip!


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rendezvous, I took dustytinner's advice when he posted. I bought Fiskars round cutter at Walmart's sewing section. It's the Cat's Meow.
It made short work of 6 old T-shirts. Better than scissors or knife for sure. Thanks for the tip Dusty.

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I thought a wood racoon stretcher that you could mount or screw down like an ironing board would be great for putting the shirts on to cut them up. Please just be careful it wouldn't take much to lose a finger!


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I use Johnson's paste wax made for use on wood floors and wood furniture on my stretcher boards and fleshing beam. Keeps blood and grease from soaking in the wood and pelts won't get stuck on the board even if you forget the wedge.

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Originally Posted By: kyron4
I use Johnson's paste wax made for use on wood floors and wood furniture on my stretcher boards and fleshing beam. Keeps blood and grease from soaking in the wood and pelts won't get stuck on the board even if you forget the wedge.



great idea!


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when you store you're boards overhead,don't put a fox board on top of the coyote boards.it will slide down and hit you between the eyes. blush









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I skin outside at camp and don't have a place to sit my knives and etc. I got a pair of microphone stands at an auction for a dollar and made this



Sorry, I can't get the pic to rotate. It is adjustable to about 3 feet.

On the side I inlay some magnets to hold knives if I want to free up table top


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I am an absolute novice in the fur shed; planning on getting started there this season. This thread has really got my wheels turning and I appreciate all the input that people are putting into it. Thanks a bunch!

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I echo the fact that this is a great thread and I shamelessly borrowed a ton of ideas from what I saw. About the only thing I could add is portability- I made a universal table that I can utilize as my Beaver Table, Fur Boarding Station or a work surface for my chop saw when I抦 doing projects at the kids houses. When I trap in Southern Wisconsin I utilize my workshop as an ad hoc Fur Shed, this thread helped me consider some different options for functionality. Everything condenses and I can store all my Beaver boards under the table when not in use or for transporting.


I added a dog choker on a dowel pin for my Money Cuts

I also added a vise for fur boarding that can adjust to any position

I got a lot of design inspiration from the thread for my beam

I mounted Uni-Strut in my workshop and in my fur shed





The saw horses are rated for 1,400 lbs so bring on the Super Blanket Beavers. lol

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oneoldboot, good idea on the portable table. Nice job.

Eagleye, Great workmanship. Great use of space. Nice job.

Re: Fur Shed Tips & Tricks [Re: The Beav] #6356430
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Originally Posted By: The Beav
When your neoprene waders are ready to be tossed cut them off at the thighs and wear them when fleshing. It keeps the hide In place and will save your apron. And gives you a little padding against the beam end.


Here's a visual for ya. That's all the Beav wears when he's fleshing, the cut off waders and a pair of galoshes.

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I've used several ideas from this thread to improve my fur shed this year. Great info and ideas! I expect to be able to do more, easier, than before. Some real time and energy saving ideas here.


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I'll say it again, I hope this goes in the archives!


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Thanks for all the good info. It is always the little things that end up making a difference. I put a rag in front of my apron when fleshing this weekend and wow did it help.

Lots of good stuff and much appreciated.

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Eagleye could you give me dimensions on that table you have. My fur shed doubles as a catchall when seasons out so I need as much room as possible.

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The inside dimensions of the outer frame 32-3/4 x 48 -1/8, this allows (3) beaver boards to be cut from a 4 x 8 sheet of plywood and also lines up well with the saw horse cut-outs. I bought the saw horses from Home Depot awhile ago but they still have that type, you could change it around to accommodate any saw horse and if you do, the 32-3/4 dimension can be 32-1/8. The interior frame is just recessed 緮 below the outer frame so the beaver boards are flush with the top of the 2 x 4 frame. I coated the skinning table which doubles as a worksurface with Spar Varnish, blood easily wipes off.

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Thank you eagleye.

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Back up when pulling a hide...
When skinning a Fox or Coon, I see guys get to neck/head area and squat down or get on their knees to finish the head.
Don't squat or get on your knees at this point.
Just walk backwards holding hide tight with a rag. Back far enough that you are now skinning at a great angle.
While keeping tension,the head will be right at your chest level and easy to see and finish the job.

Once I get the hind legs skun and tail pulled, I begin to back up pulling the hide off.
Holding a rag against the fresh hide prevents hand slipping during pulling.
(I'll take pictures when I get some traps out grin)

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For the water trappers . . .

Drying critters prior to skinning can be troublesome at times, especially if you're racking up big numbers. And especially if you've got the critters at the end of a drowning system for a couple of days. They're soaked.

My "fur shed" is the double garage attached to the house. The drying area becomes a one-car garage when not in use. But for the river boat line, it comes in very handy to have this extra space.

You'll see colored tubs under the drying rack. These have 3/8" holes drilled in the bottom to allow water to drain through. It's important, if you toss wet critters into a tub, that the tub has a way of draining off water. That really helps. No problem pulling the plug on the boat occasionally while planing to get rid of excess water in the bottom.

I've built a small "cart", just a square of 3/4" plywood with nice casters on the corners. There's a rope attached to one side to allow for easy pulling. When I pull up to the driveway, this cart has another tub on it and I wheel that down to the boat on the trailer. Grab critters out of the tubs in the boat and toss into the tub on the cart and pull up into the garage. As one gets older, one needs to find other ways of doing the repeated big lifting.

After skinning the previous day's catch that night, I use the same tub/cart to pull carcasses out to the boat and load into the bow for disposal the next day. The bow has a thick sheet of plastic in the bottom for this purpose that keeps the yucky stuff from seeping down the grooves of the runners to the stern. Also if it freezes that night, the carcasses aren't stuck to the floor of the boat. Once carcasses have been disposed of back in the bottoms, the plastic sheet can be washed off, folded up, and stored in a bucket behind the back seat.

Back to drying the critters. The big Sears shop vac comes out and I shop vac each one. This really helps to get the water out. Then each critter is hung by the front foot from the drying rack. Important to hang from the front foot, as this allow water to flow away from the body. This is my opinion, and have seen fellas here state they hang theirs from the hind foot. Whatever works.

The drying rack is 4x4s and 1/2" rebar. It assembles quickly, and can hold many, many critters at one time. Newspapers line the floor below and are recycled every couple of days. Once the river boat "season" is done for me, I take this apart and is easily stored along one wall. Winter catch is mostly 'rats, mink and beaver and are suspended from the same 1/2" rebar back in the fur shed area and don't take up that much room on a day to day basis.

This works for me. Maybe it will give some of you some ideas on how to deal with large numbers of wet critters at a time.








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Here抯 another space saving idea- we use our overhead hoist for hanging deer & bear and usually back the trailer or ATV under the hoist. I mounted the lower section of my skinning rig on a base plate with casters (made from some old hitch parts) - I roll it under a work bench so It抯 not in the way and I抦 not tripping over it.

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Thanks Flint Hill fur for bringing to top. I forgot about this thread.

Thanks everyone for sharing their tips and tricks, we can all learn from one another. Trapping & fur handling is never ending learning.


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Yessir. Brought back to top hoping this will get archived

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Email a copy of the entire thread to yourself in case it does not get archived. I did that very thing earlier this morning.


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Eagleye. Dumb question. When in use what holds your base plate to the floor.
Thanks

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Cut the boot part off those old trashed waders and use them like muck boots.


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Originally Posted by 080808
Eagleye. Dumb question. When in use what holds your base plate to the floor.
Thanks


Actually a good question- the first one I made was too light, had to wait until it returned to the floor lol. This one has about 2-1/2" of MDF under the stainless, that plus the casters and hitch parts is plenty of weight to hold it down.

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Any idea how much it weighs? Hide comes off our coyotes real hard.

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Originally Posted by Eagleye
Originally Posted by 080808
Eagleye. Dumb question. When in use what holds your base plate to the floor.
Thanks


Actually a good question- the first one I made was too light, had to wait until it returned to the floor lol. This one has about 2-1/2" of MDF under the stainless, that plus the casters and hitch parts is plenty of weight to hold it down.


That is great if it does what you need it to do. I just can not see it working very well on cold coyotes or otter without some way to anchor it to the floor. But it would keep some tension on the hide while you do the knife work.


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Just finished converting part of my 1/2 car garage (they call it a one car garage but its more like a 1 ATV garage). When you live in a city where lots are measured in sqft, you don't got much room when it comes to setting up a fur shed. Plus this small garage also has to be used as a storage area for my other hobbies (freshwater fishing, saltwater fishing, wood working, welding, gun building, reloading, hunting, skateboarding, surfing, wakeboarding, and dirt biking), the stuff my wife doesn't want to store in the house, and my kids bigger outside toys that we don't want to get damaged by the sun. I've been trapping with a buddy who had a bigger area for us to use as a trap shed, but this season I'm going solo so needed to make my garage work.

I've I set up my work bench that I also use for building guns and reloading. I put one shelve below, and left room for my air compressor, welder, and box with misc. trap equipment can slide under. I added peg board on the wall behind the bench (i need to add one more section). This is where my skinning knife, fleshing knife, tail zipper, leg stretchers (hanger ends for cats), push pins, gloves, and other fur handling equipment hang. The next section of peg board is where all my trap modification tools will hang. My fleshing beam attaches to the left leg of my work bench and can easily be removed to keep out of the way. Then I made a shelf out of 2x6. I made it out of 2x6 because it needs to be strong without the need of a lot of supports plus I need something thick that I can screw hooks into to hang up my fur while its drying. On the far end I have eye bolts to hold my fur hangers. On the self I have my borax tub for cleaning pelts before the sale, my skinning gimble, chain, cable, and my catch pole. On the wall I have two brackets that can fold up and out of the way if I need to that holds my stretchers. The one has 2 coyote stretchers and 4 cat stretchers, and the other has 6 grey fox stretchers. Next to my bench I have my shop vac for easy access, and a Husky tote with wheels that has my traps. I can easily roll it around the garage to get it out of the way, and during the trapping season it stays in the bed of my truck. For skinning I added a carabiner to a skinning gambrel. When it's time to skin, I just clip it through one of the holes on my garage door opener on the ceiling. I'm trying to find something that I can easily stow away to put on the garage floor below where I skin and below my fleshing beam to keep some of the blood and grease off the concrete. Any ideas would be awesome.
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Its nothing big or fancy, but I can can have 8 animals drying at a time, store 5 dozen traps, 12 stretchers, and all my other misc trapping gear and only take up a small portion of my already small garage. Although I would love a nice 10x12 shed that is only for trapping and nothing else (and one day I will), you don't need a lot of room to have a functional fur shed.


If traps work like the Antis say......I would have no fingers.


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Looks good Cat! Although I have what's considered a 2 car garage, you could barely fit 2 in there with all of the stuff that we have. So my wife said that I could have it as a man cave. I have so much stuff out there it's not funny. Pretty much everything for hunting, fishing, camping, trapping, pieces of my homemade gym, quad, kids bikes, etc...

It's definitely an organizational nightmare but you have to try. I built a shelving system extending from the front of the garage to the back of the garage on one side of the garage. That was one of the greatest things that I did. Built it out of 2x4's. I have about a 5' shelf on one end, clothing hanging area in the middle which is about 6', and then it ends with another 5' or so shelving area on the end. It's all connected and is really sturdy.


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Looks good cat trapper. The only thing I would change is move that stuff in front of the breaker box. If you or the wife need in there for an emergency, that stuff will be all over the floor. And your insurance man would have a heart attack if he saw it.

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Originally Posted by Boco
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Use a shop vac to blow dust out of your pelts before shipping. [Linked Image]



The best demo I've ever set through was the one in North Bay......It was one of their graders? The extra steps he talked about doing and the difference they make to a buyer was top notch.

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Originally Posted by wetdog
Looks good cat trapper. The only thing I would change is move that stuff in front of the breaker box. If you or the wife need in there for an emergency, that stuff will be all over the floor. And your insurance man would have a heart attack if he saw it.


The picture makes everything look a lot closer, but that SBR.......I mean AR "pistol" with the suppressor..........I mean "solvent" trap......isn't always in the vise like that. The vise swivels to the side and out of the way. The breaker box is very easy to get to and open when the suppressed SBR ghost gun.......I mean AR pistol, with a lower I built myself from an 80% paper weight that has a solvent trap on it and a folding stock so it can easily be hidden in a small child's backpack....to prevent theft of course since no criminal breaking into a house would look in such a place, isn't there.


If traps work like the Antis say......I would have no fingers.


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I think your good cat that thing is not a evil black assault rifle , I feel you have nothing to worry about .

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I use a wood burner to score all my flagging tape so it doesn't unravel in the field, allows you to tear off just what you need.
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Use a RTS speed gambrel on your skinning machine. Can gain you up to 12in if the machine isn't tall enough.

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Originally Posted by Eagleye
I use a wood burner to score all my flagging tape so it doesn't unravel in the field, allows you to tear off just what you need.
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I've been doing this for a couple years. It's saved a couple rolls of flagging for me. Gotta be careful not to melt it too deep though.

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That's an excellent idea. Never seen that before...thanks!

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An old brake rotor makes a good base for a vise, to work on traps and other things. It's mobile, stable, and slides out of the way when not in use .
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Originally Posted by canada mike
Any idea how much it weighs? Hide comes off our coyotes real hard.


It works fine on yotes- I never skinned or tried it on a frozen one- it probably weighs 90 lbs +... I guess you could throw a wheel weight on the base or some kind of weight if you needed more.

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Catfish that's slick right there.


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Catfish - that is a very good idea! Good thinking.


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Pulled this up for some more good ideas.

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Originally Posted by Hern
Nice set up petey.

Dd says- Really hope this goes in the archives! Lots of tricks and experience in this thread.

FHf says- This is archive worthy

I hope a moderator hears you guys. Good stuff above.



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Learn how to use a needle nose pliers for pining saves on fingers

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Great thread for sure. I have a big wash sink in my room. It has a million uses really. I toss wet dirty and frozen animal in there to drain or i wash the hides on the critter in there before skinning. I also have clamps hanging to the wall i use to hang furs like hsown for brushing or thawing out from the freezer. With hot water as well this is a very useful addition to keep tools and room clean. On the side i have plenty of storage for baits lures waxing pots and what not as well. [Linked Image]
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I like to use wood chips like has been stated before a few times on here as well on the floor beneath my animals hanging.


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getting fur to the shed I use dog choker chain to carry beaver out with, small and strong


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I use catfish skinning pliers to grip the skin to get started they grip better than your fingers or regular pliers they also have a spring that holds them open .
Another thing they do very well is pull staples or tacks out because they are spring loaded just slide the corner under the staple or tack and rock the pliers sideways its the fastest and most thorough way to pull staple out of beaver but far that i have found

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Originally Posted by ~ADC~
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Boco what knife is that? All I seem to find is the wooden handled Dexter knives and I like that handle much better.


Looks like this one... https://www.amazon.com/Victorinox-S...p;sr=1-6&keywords=victorinox+skinner

I have one and I can easily shave hair with it with just a couple passes from this sharpener... https://www.amazon.com/AccuSharp-AC...4&keywords=accusharp+knife+sharpener

Try is and see, you're out less than $8 if I'm wrong, but I'm not wrong. smile


Gotta say, my man ADC has never let me down whether it be his dp bait, skinning machine and now this knife sharpener I just got today. He definitely wasn抰 wrong about it lol

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Great thread. I抳e got lots of good ideas from this one. Thanks


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Originally Posted by ~ADC~


Looks like this one... https://www.amazon.com/Victorinox-S...p;sr=1-6&keywords=victorinox+skinner

I have one and I can easily shave hair with it with just a couple passes from this sharpener... https://www.amazon.com/AccuSharp-AC...4&keywords=accusharp+knife+sharpener

Try is and see, you're out less than $8 if I'm wrong, but I'm not wrong. smile


Gotta say, my man ADC has never let me down whether it be his dp bait, skinning machine and now this knife sharpener I just got today. He definitely wasn抰 wrong about it lol


laugh Glad to help!!!

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To the top for a bunch of great tips and tricks

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TTT. This needs to be in the Archives.


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Re: Fur Shed Tips & Tricks [Re: Hern] #6844797
04/16/20 04:41 PM
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I just went back and read entire thread again. Good stuff


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Re: Fur Shed Tips & Tricks [Re: Hern] #6846252
04/17/20 08:44 PM
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I made a clamp for holding hind foot when making opening cuts on table.
I first made a traditional flat base to screw into table top. Before mounting I realized I needed another in front of the table. I then cut off flat base and welded a half inch pipe to bottom of clamp. Now it's portable. I can use at workbench or outside work table for other projects.

Old vice grips, washer & pipe (or rebar)-
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Rebar for larger jaws-
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Drill hole for mounting-
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Place in hole and it's mounted-
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Also swivels-
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Once again, this clamp is portable. Can be used on different areas of the fur table. or use at workbench for off season projects.
Plus clamp can be easily stored away when not in use.

Do you have any Fur Shed Tips or Tricks?





Re: Fur Shed Tips & Tricks [Re: Hern] #6957824
08/08/20 06:16 AM
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Can anyone add to this thread?

Re: Fur Shed Tips & Tricks [Re: Hern] #6958087
08/08/20 12:31 PM
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If you need to measure something on the line and don't have a tape measure, you can always use something you already know how long it is. Pre-measuring your trenching tool, shovel, hammer or even your hand or foot will give you a good idea. The distance of your outstretched hand is quick and easy. Also a dollar bill is 6" long so x 2 = 12" or can be folded to into half or quarters to make 3" or 1 1/2". Not like one needs to be overly accurate on the line but it can come in handy in a pinch.


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Re: Fur Shed Tips & Tricks [Re: Hern] #6958463
08/08/20 08:53 PM
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You can also make small notches on say, a hammer handle, ax handle, or something similar if you so choose.


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Re: Fur Shed Tips & Tricks [Re: Hern] #6958518
08/08/20 09:43 PM
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Re: Fur Shed Tips & Tricks [Re: Hern] #6958538
08/08/20 09:56 PM
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I'm in the process of building a new bait and lure making shed so i can have my fur shed and trapping shop back.
I can't take pics. Of it (trap shed) it's a wreck now lol.
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What i started with after i tore down my old shed.
Finished closing in the front today.
Last pic. Is my all in one shed lol. Gonna be nice to have lure and bait making in it's own area.


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Re: Fur Shed Tips & Tricks [Re: bctomcat] #6959645
08/09/20 11:39 PM
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Originally Posted by bctomcat
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Yep!


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