How to Make Furniture From Deer Antlers

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How to Make Furniture From Deer Antlers
Each spring deer shed their antlers; maybe you will find these. (deer image by Rachel from Fotolia.com)

Making deer antler furniture is a craft that combines the beauty of naturally shed antlers with the functionality of furniture. Deer antlers are fast-growing, extremely strong bones that can be used as the base structure for just about any piece of furniture in any home or cabin. At first it might seem hard to construct furniture from deer antlers, but with the right tools and a few ready-made pieces you can build a variety of accent furniture pieces that add rustic charm and serve as useful seats, footrests or tables.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • 23-inch by 11-inch wide tabletop
  • Deer antlers
  • Painter's tape
  • Hex shank countersink No. 8 drill bit
  • Power drill
  • 1 1/2-inch wood screws
  • 23-inch length of string
  • 31-inch-long dowel
  • Coloured pencil
  • Multipurpose reciprocating saw blade
  • Reciprocating saw
  • Wood glue
  • Tinted wood putty
  • Bar stool replacement seat
  • 19-inch-long dowel

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Instructions

    Hall Wall Table

  1. 1

    Purchase a 23-inch by 11-inch pre-cut and finished half-circle or narrow rectangular wooden tabletop.

  2. 2

    Gather or purchase six whitetail deer or three red deer antlers to be assembled as the table base. Naturally shed antlers can be found in most wooded areas throughout the United States in early spring or purchased from hunting outfitters.

  3. 3

    Arrange the antlers with at least three tines touching a flat surface and wrap the touching tines, scoops, tips and bases with painter's tape. Stack the white tail antlers to reach the 30-inch height requirement.

  4. 4

    Drill pilot holes where the antlers intersect with a hex shank countersink No. 8 drill bit installed in a power drill. Drill 1.5-inch wood screws into each of the countersunk holes with a power drill and remove the tape.

  5. 5

    Tie a 23-inch length of string one inch from the top of a 31-inch-long dowel. Mark any antler tines or bases that need to be trimmed with a coloured pencil by centring the dowel between the antler base and marking any of the antlers that touch the string when you rotate it horizontally around the antlers. Trim the antler tines at the markings with a multipurpose blade installed on a reciprocating saw.

  6. 6

    Apply wood glue to the upper tines, scoops and tips that will contact the tabletop and place the tabletop onto the antler base. Allow the wood glue to dry for 24 hours.

  7. 7

    Fill all of the countersunk screw openings with tinted wood putty. Allow the putty to dry for 24 hours.

    Bar or Footstool

  1. 1

    Purchase a bar stool replacement seat from any bar stool manufacturer. Do not purchase a seat with a back or swivel component if you are making a footstool.

  2. 2

    Gather or purchase six whitetail deer or three red deer antlers to construct a 30-inch-high bar stool or three white tail deer antlers to construct a footstool.

  3. 3

    Arrange the antlers with at least three tines touching a flat surface and wrap the touching tines, scoops, tips and bases with painter's tape. Stack the white tail antlers for the bar stool or use red deer antlers.

  4. 4

    Drill pilot holes at each of the taped areas where the antlers intersect with a hex shank countersink No. 8 drill bit installed in a power drill.

  5. 5

    Drill 1.5-inch wood screws into each of the countersunk holes with a power drill and remove the tape.

  6. 6

    Tie a 23-inch length of string one inch from the top of a 19-inch or 31-inch-long dowel, depending on which stool you are making.

  7. 7

    Mark any antler tines or bases that need to be trimmed with a coloured pencil by centring the dowel between the antler base and marking any of the antlers that touch the string when you rotate it horizontally around the antlers. Trim the antler tines at the markings with a multipurpose blade installed on a reciprocating saw.

  8. 8

    Apply wood glue to the upper tines, scoops and tips that will contact the stool seat and place the stool seat onto the antler base for the footstool or bar stool without a swivel. If you are installing a swivel component on the bar stool, you will need to attach the swivel to the seat and a wooden base that can be glued to the antlers before attaching it to the antler base.

  9. 9

    Allow the wood glue to dry for 24 hours before reinforcing the seat connection by screwing 2.5-inch wood screws through the touching tines or bases into bottom of the stool or the wooden stool base. Fill all of the countersunk screw openings with tinted wood putty. Allow the putty to dry for 24 hours.

Tips and warnings

  • Wear safety glasses when operating a saw or drill.

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