How Build A Hidden Compartment Into Your Deer Shoulder Mount

Most of you have at least one deer shoulder mount hanging on your wall somewhere… So why not use one of them to make you a little hidden compartment? I mean who would even look there. After this check out how to make a pretty awesome slingbow out of pvc for five bucks.

How Build A Hidden Compartment Into Your Deer Shoulder Mount

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Step 1: Gather All Materials

Piece of wood
Taxidermy deer head
Jig saw
Sharp knife
Screwdriver
Small nails
4 inch duct work and cap
Silicon
Piece of scrap vinyl, leather, or canvas
4 inch door hinge and screws
2 wiring clamps
7/16 bolt

 

Step 2: Cut Wood For Mounting Of The Deer

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Cut a piece of wood or use a piece of scrap wood to mount your deer head. Since ours was going in the basement man cave, we just found a piece from our scrap pile. Make sure it is sturdy and is at least 3 inches bigger on each one of the four sides than the deer head.

Step 3: Cut A Hole For The Compartment

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Take the deer head and rest it on your work table so we can begin the process of making a hole for your stash spot. Take a jigsaw and cut a 4 inch circle out of the wood the deer hide is attached to making sure it is in the middle or where it won’t cause damage to the deer hide. Remove the wood circle to expose the foam mold.

Step 4: Remove The Foam To Make The Compartment

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Remove the foam by using a knife to cut it along the wood and scoop it out with a screwdriver or whatever works. Be sure not to go too deep. We were able to dig out 4.5 inches in preparation for our metal insert.

Step 5: Make An Insert

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We used metal sheeting and made our own insert but in this step Pvc can be used also. We cut the sheeting to fit a 4 inch metal end cap. We inserted this into the hole. We had to shave away some foam here and there till it fit flush. We used silicon to make sure all gaps were filled and to seal it to the wood. The secret compartment is done.

Step 6: Make A Cover For The Compartment

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Now we will make a cover for the compartment. It is no exact science, I just cut some heavy vinyl material with a soft tan backing I found in scraps of upholstery fabric to fit. I then nailed it vinyl side down soft side up to make a flap. it covers it and adds extra protection. Leave enough flap to get your hand in.

Step 7: Attach Head To Wood With Hinge

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Screw one side of hinge to the left side of deer close to edge but where you can’t see it from outside. Center the head and Mark where the other part of the hinge will screw to the wood mounting. screw deer head to the wood.

Step 8: Attach A Latching Mechanism

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The deer head is secure to the wood with the hinge but to keep the head from swinging open we need to attach a latch. First we screw one wire clamp to the side opposite the hinge on the deer. once secure you stick the screw we are using as a pin through both wire clamps,close the deer to the wood and mark on the wood where the wire clamp will go. Take the pin out and screw wire clamp to wood. Now close the deer and proceed to push the screw pin through both wire clamps making sure no hardware is visible but the pin can be accessed when needed.

I did not build this. This deer shoulder hidden compartment was built by jackiezac72 and the entire article can be seen HERE

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