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Old 05-10-2018, 10:33 AM   #1
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I want to preface this by saying Iíve never done any type of wood working projects in my life (other than nailing a couple boards together as a kid).
Anyhow, I got the bright idea of building wood pedestals for a couple mounts my wife and I have coming from the taxidermist here soon. My main reason for wanting to build them was pretty man ch the cost... Iím a cheapo when it comes to just about everything and when I can save some money, Iím all for it, and thus, this project came in my head. I learned a TON about what to do and what NOT to do, so hopefully my next one will work out a bit smoother.





I started by building my frame out of 2x2s, and when I was finished I thought this wasnít going to be bad after all. That was my first mistake thinking that...



Then my lack of experience came into play as I was going to cover the outside with 1x6 white pine. Iíd made and drawn up my dimensions based off covering with 1x6 boards, and realized when I went to cover the frame that a 1x6 isnít truly 1x6, itís 1x5 1/2!!!!!
So, I now had 1 1/2Ē gaps to fill on all my corners. I loaded up the pedestal and to the lumber yard I went to see what kind of options I had. After a bit of looking, we finally found some door trim that didnít look to bad on the edges and I went with it.



So all in all, for a rookie carpenter I thought it turned out okay. Still have to sand, stain, and put some habitat on before I stick the mount on it, but will update with finished product and even throw in pics of the next one once I get it going.





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Really cool. One thing would make it better. Install a hidden compartment to hide stuff.
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Old 05-10-2018, 02:06 PM   #3
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Really cool. One thing would make it better. Install a hidden compartment to hide stuff.
This^^^^^

Looks like about 10 cubic feet of storage inside of it. You could easily get more than 20 .50 cal ammo cans inside that thing!


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Old 05-11-2018, 10:24 AM   #4
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I built one very similar for a mount I had done. Added wheels to the bottom to move it easier and a door. The door was recommended by the taxi in the event it wanted to tip one way or the other we could add weight.
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Old 05-16-2018, 12:20 PM   #5
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Really cool. One thing would make it better. Install a hidden compartment to hide stuff.
Still have to trim out a couple corners, so may try to add a trap door. I had considered it when I was building it in the beginning, then the idea got scrapped when everything didn't line up.

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I built one very similar for a mount I had done. Added wheels to the bottom to move it easier and a door. The door was recommended by the taxi in the event it wanted to tip one way or the other we could add weight.
I like the wheels idea! May have to look into that
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Old 05-16-2018, 12:23 PM   #6
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Looking good...you will enjoy that for years to come.
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