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Old 11-23-2012, 10:48 PM
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Splitting antlers

Anyone know how I can split a deer antler myself? The yorkies get split ones normally from the store. 1 last the 3 of them forever. Buddy has finally learned to chew so he quickly detroys their split antlers- Not that I care

My parents friend gave me this giant deer antler . I was able to with a saw the length down and cut off the sharp edges with a saw- I then sawed the rough spots down. Buddy is not happy though because he can't get to the marrow- He picks it up and then throws it onto the floor. Then gives me on heck of a dirty look because I have not told him he must eat his own and leave the girls antlers alone.

Anyone know how I can split it myself without cutting a finger off?

I am thinking of cutting the 2 ends at angles and then get repeating this over again as needed if push comes to shove.
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Mine get their antlers cut with a bandsaw. Usually a handyman friend does it, but Home Depot has done it on occassion too
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Put it in a vice, and use a jig saw. I just did this last week.

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Mine get their antlers cut with a bandsaw. Usually a handyman friend does it, but Home Depot has done it on occassion too
Since I don't own a jigsaw or bandsaw- I will try Home Depot.

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A new handsaw/hacksaw with 22 teeth/inch should go through it quick and without the smell. I have run bone through my bandsaw before and the smell is horrid, think burning hair.
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A new handsaw/hacksaw with 22 teeth/inch should go through it quick and without the smell. I have run bone through my bandsaw before and the smell is horrid, think burning hair.
A vise would be needed too right?

I have the hacksaw but will buy a new 22 blade. Does it actually work?

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A vise would be needed too right?

I have the hacksaw but will buy a new 22 blade. Does it actually work?

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A vise would be nice, but you could use a clamp of some sort you might have hanging around to hold it to something solid. The only problem you may run into with a hacksaw is they only have a 3"-4" depth of cut for the most part. You could double that if you go at it from each end and wind up with a 6"-8" long piece.
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For fun check out this blog, this guy does some exceptional work carving them. Scroll down to the "smell" part and you will see the 22 tpi blade mentioned.

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A manual coping saw is what you need for a clean cut although some filing may be needed.
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A manual coping saw is what you need for a clean cut although some filing may be needed.
Another good idea and it will give you a greater depth of cut. But the blades are so wimpy IMO.
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