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Raccoon mount stand – day 2

With all of the pieces cut and dry-fit, I started today by sanding everything down.

Sanding down the parts

Sanding down the parts

Instead of just applying glue and clamping everything together, I wanted to add a little extra strength. There will be a log and a stuffed raccoon cantilevered off of the cross beams. Half of the faces, that will be glued, will be glued to an end grain face. End grain joints are not very high strength. I decided to set a 3/4″ dowel through the center of the cross members as well as the base.

Drilling out the cross beams

Drilling out the cross beams

 

Applying glue

Applying glue

I used a 3/4″ forstner bit to drill the hole through the cross beams, then applied glue to all of my surfaces. I seated the dowel firmly with my rubber mallet and used my pull saw to cut it flush.

Setting and cutting a 3/4" dowel

Setting and cutting a 3/4″ dowel

 

Cut and sanded

Cut and sanded

 

Applying glue to the mortise

Applying glue to the mortise

I applied glue to the mortise and set the cross. I used a 3/4″ speed bit for this hole. It seems to work better in the drill. I made sure to drill about 3/4″ past the cross beam.

Drilling another 3/4" hole

Drilling another 3/4″ hole

 

Cutting the second dowel

Cutting the second dowel

The dowel was set, cut, and sanded like the previous one. When everything is dry, all of the joints should be able to hold a good deal of weight without risk of any glue joints failing.

Applying Tung oil

Applying Tung oil

The last thing I am doing today is applying a coat of Tung oil to the stand. It is one of the easiest finishes to apply. All you need is a scrap of an old tee shirt to apply it. The more coats you apply, the glossier it will get.

Applying Tung oil

Applying Tung oil

Here is a shot of the raccoon mounted.

Mounted Raccoon

Mounted Raccoon

 

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