Reply
Go Back   TexasBowhunter.com Community Discussion Forums > Topics > D-I-Y Projects
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 01-20-2021, 12:27 PM   #1
Creedmore
Eight Point
 
Creedmore's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Cedar Hill
Hunt In: Carta Valley/Loma Alta
Default Gutting or Skinning Rack Ideas

During the offseason, I'm going to put together a new skinning rack for our camp. I can weld together the usual swingset.

Looking for any ideas or cool features that others have added.

Thanks!
Creedmore is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 01-20-2021, 01:32 PM   #2
Dale Moser
Pope & Young
 
Dale Moser's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Wise Cty
Hunt In: Young Cty
Default

I think I'm going to do the same.

So far I have:

Brake winches
Lights
Shelves to lay knives/saws.
Drink holders
Custom gambrel that can be attached to the side of the rack to stop animal spinning.
Gravel to stand on and keep mud to a minimum.
Dale Moser is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 01-20-2021, 03:27 PM   #3
txhunter-1
Eight Point
 
txhunter-1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2018
Location: Texas
Hunt In: Texas
Default

We finished ours out and it has everything Dale mentioned. Framed under it and laid bricks and pavers then poured sacks of ready mix and watered it down. It is not perfect but we are out of the water and mud. Off the side we have a cheap old stainless table to stack ice chest or work on quarters, if needed. If you light it put some tin over the lights to keep them out of the weather and to keep rain off you as well.
txhunter-1 is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 01-20-2021, 03:39 PM   #4
Dale Moser
Pope & Young
 
Dale Moser's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Wise Cty
Hunt In: Young Cty
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by txhunter-1 View Post
We finished ours out and it has everything Dale mentioned. Framed under it and laid bricks and pavers then poured sacks of ready mix and watered it down. It is not perfect but we are out of the water and mud. Off the side we have a cheap old stainless table to stack ice chest or work on quarters, if needed. If you light it put some tin over the lights to keep them out of the weather and to keep rain off you as well.
I actually OWN a brick company....and didn't think of putting brick down.

Adding to the list.
Dale Moser is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 01-20-2021, 03:39 PM   #5
BlessedVeteran0305
Six Point
 
BlessedVeteran0305's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2020
Hunt In: North Texas
Default

If you light it put some tin over the lights to keep them out of the weather and to keep rain off you as well.[/QUOTE]

I would take that a little further and put tin on both ends, across the back and over the top, and maybe run outlets to it.
BlessedVeteran0305 is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 01-21-2021, 09:57 AM   #6
Creedmore
Eight Point
 
Creedmore's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Cedar Hill
Hunt In: Carta Valley/Loma Alta
Default

Great ideas. Shelves and drink holders, yes!
Creedmore is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 01-21-2021, 11:57 AM   #7
BigCohiba
Eight Point
 
BigCohiba's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2017
Location: Huffman
Hunt In: Angelina County
Default

Ours is off grid. We have a water tote and RV pump for water. LED pod lights mounted under tin roof for work lighting. Everything is powered by a big deep cycle battery with solar panel and charge controller. We had a big wooden deck leftover from another project and put it under the skinning rack. It has worked great and keeps you up off the ground...
BigCohiba is online now   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 01-21-2021, 12:22 PM   #8
Triple 7
Ten Point
 
Triple 7's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Nacogdoches, TX
Hunt In: Nacogdoches
Default

ours is a 10x10 frame out of square tubing. It has a crank on each pole so we could have 4 animals hung at a time. We added lights and put flat rocks on the ground to get out of the mud
Triple 7 is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 01-21-2021, 05:41 PM   #9
kmack
Six Point
 
kmack's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: San Antonio
Hunt In: ??
Default

Lights; good hand cranks with cable and solid pulleys; a good solid floor; room for a work table. Those are all the things we wanted for ours.

10' x10' with 3 hand cranks, 3/16" cable and 800 lb metal pulleys. The frame is 2x2x1/4" tubing and 3x3x1/4" angle (top) because it's what we had on the lease.
The concrete is 4'x4'x4" thick test pads (for concrete finishing type) from a jobsite I had.
We mounted a section of unistrut perpendicular to the frame to put lights on. This allowed more light from both sides at an angle rather than just straight down.
The stainless table was a bonus.

The only damage we've had so far was someone over-cranked a cable one day and ripped the welds on one of the pulleys.

We just celebrated our 10th year using this rack!



kmack is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 01-21-2021, 05:46 PM   #10
Big Lee
Ten Point
 
Big Lee's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: TX
Hunt In: Central Texas
Default

Get yourself a cheap Harbor Freight winch. Let the winch do all the lifting.
Big Lee is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 01-21-2021, 05:49 PM   #11
kcmarullo
Ten Point
 
kcmarullo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Danbury Tx
Hunt In: South Tx, Oklahoma
Default

^^^^^ This is what I did ^^^^^^^
kcmarullo is online now   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 01-21-2021, 06:00 PM   #12
Smart
Pope & Young
 
Smart's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Denton, TX
Hunt In: Tom Green County
Default Gutting or Skinning Rack Ideas

We have since added a stainless cleaning table in between the legs on the left and benches on the right .... plus other sitting benches on the fence.... we also added hooks to the legs above the winches to attach the gambrel too. Simple but effective . The flooring is scrap aluminum scaffolding. We were going to do concrete until a member stumbled across that.









Last edited by Smart; 01-21-2021 at 06:08 PM.
Smart is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 01-21-2021, 06:42 PM   #13
DeerGeek
Ten Point
 
DeerGeek's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Keller
Hunt In: Clay Co.
Default

I remove the two winches after the season and store in the barn… Seem to last longer.
Attached Images
 
DeerGeek is online now   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 01-21-2021, 09:11 PM   #14
TexasBob
Pope & Young
 
TexasBob's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: NW Houston Area
Default

Ours is a work in progress. Had to get out of the mud. 10x10. Decking and a large patio table rescued from a scrap yard to stand on. Roof on it now and will be enclosed on 3 sides. Lights run off a generator. Harbor freight winch.




Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
TexasBob is online now   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 01-22-2021, 08:58 AM   #15
Creedmore
Eight Point
 
Creedmore's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Cedar Hill
Hunt In: Carta Valley/Loma Alta
Default

Great ideas! I'm going to incorporate some of that.
Creedmore is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 01-22-2021, 10:52 AM   #16
dallred
Eight Point
 
dallred's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Rockwall
Hunt In: Foard County
Default

This worked well for me. Electric winch would be much better.
Attached Images
 
dallred is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 01-22-2021, 11:15 AM   #17
Casey
Administrator
 
Casey's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Bulverde
Hunt In: Frio, Blanco Counties
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Dale Moser View Post
I think I'm going to do the same.

So far I have:

Brake winches
Lights
Shelves to lay knives/saws.
Drink holders
Custom gambrel that can be attached to the side of the rack to stop animal spinning.
Gravel to stand on and keep mud to a minimum.
This is far more important than most people realize. It's a big add for me.

Make sure you get the right winch. We have a high-geared one and it takes a few hundred thousand turns to raise a hill country doe off the ground. We are able to attach a cordless drill to it but we don't always have that tool handy.
Casey is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 01-22-2021, 11:37 AM   #18
Philip-TX
Ten Point
 
Philip-TX's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by DeerGeek View Post
I remove the two winches after the season and store in the barn… Seem to last longer.
Looks like you can drive sxs under it a hoist right out of the bed... like
Philip-TX is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 01-23-2021, 04:18 PM   #19
curtintex
Pope & Young
 
curtintex's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Porter, TX
Hunt In: Tyler County
Default



Not finished yet, but getting close


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
curtintex is online now   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 01-24-2021, 12:29 PM   #20
McClain
Ten Point
 
McClain's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Tyler, TX
Default

Here is a simple one I built for under a shed.

https://discussions.texasbowhunter.c...d.php?t=745352
McClain is online now   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 01-24-2021, 12:48 PM   #21
Runnin4D
Four Point
 
Join Date: Dec 2018
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Dale Moser View Post
I think I'm going to do the same.

So far I have:

Brake winches
Lights
Shelves to lay knives/saws.
Drink holders
Custom gambrel that can be attached to the side of the rack to stop animal spinning.
Gravel to stand on and keep mud to a minimum.

To stop spinning here is an idea from a lease I was once on:

Run two cables out of winch. One will be longer than the other. Each has a basic hook on the end. They will each drop down at an appropriate distance off the beam or whatever the pulley is attached to. As it is winched up the legs get spread tighter and it won’t spin. I hope this makes sense I could draw it a lot better lol.
Runnin4D is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 01-24-2021, 01:04 PM   #22
birddoggin
Six Point
 
birddoggin's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: San Antonio
Hunt In: Wilson
Default

Runnin,

so each of the "hooks" will run down either side of the animal along the vertical brace? or did I miss it?
birddoggin is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 01-24-2021, 01:45 PM   #23
Runnin4D
Four Point
 
Join Date: Dec 2018
Default

Name:  AC17B922-30A2-421F-BE7B-1BBC6592E77A.jpg
Views: 729
Size:  37.7 KB
Runnin4D is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 01-24-2021, 01:58 PM   #24
SaintBlaise
Eight Point
 
SaintBlaise's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2018
Location: New Orleans
Hunt In: Rocksprings, TX
Default

I have a short video that includes our cleaning area. PM me if you want to see it.

Ideas - heavy duty style:

1. make the hanging area plenty tall enough. (so you can raise your deer high enough, that the night creatures can't reach them)

2. pour concrete slab if you have the means, and slope it away from the work space to a central drain in the back of the slab.

3. central drainage - use 3 or 4" pvc at the back of the slab, making a field line to keep the water away from the area.

4. run electrical and water to both sides of the slab.

5. cover it.

6. since you are pouring concrete. Make a sidewalk to the cooler.
SaintBlaise is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 01-24-2021, 02:04 PM   #25
RR 314
Pope & Young
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Default

I hunted on a place years ago down south where there were anchors in the slab and they would get skinning started and attach clamps to the hide (connected to cables in the anchors). Electric winch would then lift the animal higher and it would dang near case skin the animal. Pretty slick.
RR 314 is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 01-24-2021, 03:35 PM   #26
scott123456789
Ten Point
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Weatherford, TX
Hunt In: Lone Camp, TX
Default



This was prior to adding an LED shop light and magnetic strip on the leg to hold knives. So far it has been just about perfect for what we need.
scott123456789 is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 01-24-2021, 07:53 PM   #27
Agdog
Ten Point
 
Agdog's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Prosper, TX
Hunt In: Atoka County, OK
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by scott123456789 View Post


This was prior to adding an LED shop light and magnetic strip on the leg to hold knives. So far it has been just about perfect for what we need.

I was reading through wondering if anyone had used magnets for their blades. Seems like it’d be handy
Agdog is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 01-24-2021, 08:16 PM   #28
Drycreek3189
Pope & Young
 
Drycreek3189's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: Troup
Hunt In: Cherokee, Rusk, Trinity Counties
Default

A grown son to do most of the work while you supervise would come in handy.......

You do have to hold a bloody knife in your hand just to make it look good !
Drycreek3189 is online now   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 01-24-2021, 08:42 PM   #29
Quackerbox
Pope & Young
 
Quackerbox's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Magnolia
Hunt In: The woods
Default

Our is 16x16x12. Just 3 of us shooting to only one winch but lights from all sides. Ome shelf near the winch

Sent from my SM-G970U using Tapatalk
Quackerbox is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 01-24-2021, 10:07 PM   #30
doug
Ten Point
 
doug's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Humble TX
Hunt In: Victoria
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by scott123456789 View Post


This was prior to adding an LED shop light and magnetic strip on the leg to hold knives. So far it has been just about perfect for what we need.
Magnetic strip is a great idea! They have some cheap ones at harbor frieght im going to try this with! Thanks!
doug is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 01-25-2021, 12:19 PM   #31
texan16
Pope & Young
 
texan16's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Fairfield
Hunt In: Freestone/Schleicher Counties
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Runnin4D View Post
You will never be compared to Picasso, but I like that idea. I HATE shuffling around trying to keep up with a spinning deer, which is what we have to do know. Will add this to our set up for sure.
texan16 is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 01-25-2021, 01:46 PM   #32
E.TX.BOWHUNTER
Ten Point
 
E.TX.BOWHUNTER's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: East Texas
Hunt In: Texas Public Lands
Default

Anyone thought about an anchor in the floor or a temporary bar attachment? Use the lift/wench for skinning an animal after tying the hide to the floor and peeling the skin off?
E.TX.BOWHUNTER is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 01-25-2021, 01:51 PM   #33
RR 314
Pope & Young
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by E.TX.BOWHUNTER View Post
Anyone thought about an anchor in the floor or a temporary bar attachment? Use the lift/wench for skinning an animal after tying the hide to the floor and peeling the skin off?
Never hear of the same. . Interesting idea.




See post 25.
RR 314 is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 01-25-2021, 03:39 PM   #34
Chief Big Toe
Ten Point
 
Chief Big Toe's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Caddo Mills
Default

some great ideas, the eyebolt in the floor seems to be a great idea, to skin as you raise the carcass..
as long as not to much else comes off with it when pulling up,, meaning meat
Chief Big Toe is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 01-25-2021, 05:37 PM   #35
kmack
Six Point
 
kmack's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: San Antonio
Hunt In: ??
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Chief Big Toe View Post
some great ideas, the eyebolt in the floor seems to be a great idea...
...until someone forgets to take it out (or that it's even there) and trips with a knife in their hands.

I used to have eye-bolts in the floor of my garage back when I was working on motorcycles. I had 3 sets of them. I knew they were there. And if I didn't pull them out after every time I used them, guaranteed that I'd trip on them the very next day at least once!

It's a good idea, but potentially dangerous.
kmack is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 01-26-2021, 12:11 PM   #36
Dusty Britches
Pope & Young
 
Dusty Britches's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Cameron & College Station
Default

How tall are y'all's racks? I improvised with a cross member at 10' but I wish I could get another 2 feet up to keep me from bending over so much.
Dusty Britches is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 01-26-2021, 12:22 PM   #37
Runnin4D
Four Point
 
Join Date: Dec 2018
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by texan16 View Post
You will never be compared to Picasso, but I like that idea. I HATE shuffling around trying to keep up with a spinning deer, which is what we have to do know. Will add this to our set up for sure.
Haha gee thanks I at least hoped it was enough to get the point across lol
Runnin4D is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 01-29-2021, 09:50 PM   #38
psicoo
Ten Point
 
psicoo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: McKinney, TX
Hunt In: Hardeman County(Quanah, TX), Tom Green County(Eden, TX), Grenada & Fayetteville, MS., Russell, KS.,
Default




Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
psicoo is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 01-29-2021, 10:01 PM   #39
Walker
Ten Point
 
Walker's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: San Antonio
Default

We had one with the top rail being a sliding garage door channel. One hoist at one end. Several hooks hanging from rollers. Winch a deer up. Transfer to a roller and slide out of the way for the next deer.
Walker is online now   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:31 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.11
Copyright ©2000 - 2021, vBulletin Solutions Inc.
Copyright 1999-2012, TexasBowhunter.com