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post #1 of 4 Old 10-31-2014, 11:36 PM Thread Starter
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Wooden compound bow rack question

I have made a bow rack for a friend and am going to mount actual deer antlers onto the wooden support slats which is what his bow will hang from. My question....do the antlers need to be treated with anything to prevent deterioration as time passes or can i just mount them and roll on?
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I have made a bow rack for a friend and am going to mount actual deer antlers onto the wooden support slats which is what his bow will hang from. My question....do the antlers need to be treated with anything to prevent deterioration as time passes or can i just mount them and roll on?
There is just a too varied opinions to really answer that question. Some people think the antlers should be left natural, some say finish with super glue, some say to finish with a water based poly or a catalyzed lacquer. I think if you expect the antlers to be handled a lot the skin oil will stain the antlers and they should have a thin coat of either poly or lacquer. If handling isn't a issue I would leave them natural. The real issue is the antlers are porous and could be stained if handled or something was spilled on them.
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Great info. Will put a thin coat of poly on them. Thanks again
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I would protect the antlers by spraying an even coat of matte sealer on them. You surely dont want them glossy!
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