Do any of you have a special fleshing beam that you use specifically for beaver? Mike brought over some 3 inch thick by 12 inch wide white oak boards the other day that i plan on turning into fleshing beams for beaver. I will be making them 12" wide so the pelt will stay in place better, and get more area to cut with. I am hoping to speed up the fleshing process and this beaver put up process as much as i can. I will also be putting a curve on the beam that will match a necker 600. I also just purchased a MB cutting edge knife. I sure hope with these few additions to the fur shed my beaver put up time will be reduced. So do any of you use a big beam for beaver?
I cut a maple about 9 inches in diameter 3 yrs ago and shaved the bark off the top, and put a notch under it so it would rest on a sawhorse, made a few other little adjustments to it and sanded down the surface and the edge where the fur would be, worked great because I could really lean into it and not shake the whole beam, made a wider surface area for the flesher and I could really pin the pelt down between my belly and the log....lol However this year she may be better as logs for the woodstove in the garage, unfortunately it split as dry logs do and now the gap is grabbing fur off the pelt and leaving streaks in the pelt where I didnt get the flesh because it sunk into the crack. I might end up cutting another one for next year, we'll see
I got the beam done last night. Man was this a lot more work than i expected!! I used a draw knife to get the rought shape of the beam, then a hand planer to touch it up. Then 60 grit sand paper, and then 220 for the finish. I used white oak as the wood. I was hoping to get a real tight grain hard piece to work with, but this one was a little open and had a couple spots that are rough in the beam. The main work area of the beam is good and smooth with a great shape, but the bottom could be touched up a bit probably. Here are a few pics of the finished product. I know i will be making another one soon, and now that i have something to work from, i can get some pictures of the process.
Ya did good making it out of oak, still think you should have gone wider-think mine is 16?-Just a hint..put a wide hinge at the bottom...a 12-14in board[pine] a little less then half way up the beam on a hinge with a latch at the bottom...your beam is attached to a 2X12 at the bottom..it all folds up and lays against the wall...should break down a buy a camera,maybe when Cat gets over he can get a picture,sorry thats going to take about 3 1/2 more wks--D-
Chris, I have a 12 inch beam i use for my beaver. personally, i like it. its a little harder to swipe but you can take alot more off with each swipe. Heres my view: smaller beam=easier swipes but less removed larger beam=harder swipes but more removed BUT.... with the larger beam they seam to not want to slip of the beam as much.
I wish it was bleached and sanitized! Those pics of how my beams attach were taken right after I built my house and was moving into the fur shed. You should see the disaster i have going on now LOL. That beam made a lot of wood shavings for the mice to sleep in and there is a large tub still sitting in their fermenting with beaver fat, and the list goes on and on LOL.
Nice set up wolf! Does your neck and back ever get stiff from leaning over and looking down like that? That is a pretty neat fleshing knife too with a good clean fleshing job!
Yes the back gets sore if i do to many at once. I will do 4 in a hour then put on the board then take a break. My fleshing knife is home made. I made it out of a wood chipper knife which is stainless, very very sharp.
Dont have a beam ,but would like to see some pics from the process if possible ,thanks
we skin our beaver clen.if any try it with a long cutting roast type knife and over yore knee,keep the wieght of the hide hanging down.p here,been doing this with the natives for 50 years.12 min. on large ruf skinned beaver,but loved the video,have never done one on a beam,great stuf.we do what works for yew.