DiResta: Mounted Moose Antlers

DiResta: Mounted Moose Antlers

In each episode of DiResta (every other Wednesday at 2pm PT), artist and master builder Jimmy DiResta (Dirty MoneyHammeredAgainst the GrainTrash for Cash) lets us into his workshop, to look over his shoulder while he builds whatever strikes his fancy. On this episode of DiResta, Jimmy gives an old set of moose antlers he found in his upstate New York farm house a proper mounting .–Stett Holbrook

By Jimmy DiResta

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Hand saw
Band saw
Table saw
Wire brush
Wood clamp

Moose antlers
2″ thick wood stock
12″ x 12″ leather
Upholstery nails
Wood glue

Jimmy’s Notes: 
When I purchased my farm house 10 years ago, it was full of  random furnishings from the previous two families who owned the house. These  giant moose antlers were on the floor in one of the bedrooms. There was an attempt by someone to hang them on the wall, but the connection was simply some wire attached to the antlers. The antlers weigh about 75 pounds and needed a big strong plaque. Here you can see me figure out how to make the mount and hang them. I will now hang them in the house high on the wall. You can see a simple method to hang heavy stuff on a wall using what is often called a “French cleat”, two pieces of wood beveled into each other. I use a torch to burn the surface of the wood to raise the grain and make the wood appear to be aged. After the burn I used a wire brush to clean off the charred wood.

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