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#1 Ruger

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Posted 02 July 2012 - 10:04 AM

I'm starting to get things ready for the upcoming trapping season. I need to make some more fur stretchers. Here is a pic of what I've been using. I'd be curious what you guys use to help improve on the design and ideas.

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Posted 02 July 2012 - 12:20 PM

I use both wire and wood. I posted some pics on here but dont remember where LOL. It gave dimensions for wood.

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Posted 02 July 2012 - 05:11 PM

I have never made any of my own but I would be curious to see what people say about making their own. I am going to pick up some wood ones this year at the convention, heard Grawe's makes some awesome wood stretchers.

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Posted 02 July 2012 - 05:56 PM

I use both wire and wood. I posted some pics on here but dont remember where LOL. It gave dimensions for wood.

I've been cruising the site looking for your post, haven't found it yet. I do remember seeing it now. Where is the question???

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Posted 02 July 2012 - 06:15 PM

I searched all over also and cant find the post. But I did find the drawing I had.
My stretchers are a little diff as this isnt my own drawing
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Posted 02 July 2012 - 06:56 PM

Thanks PW. Thatll for surely help. I plan on making quite a few, hopefully I need em!



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Posted 02 July 2012 - 09:22 PM

Sold all my boards years ago, only ever used solid cedar boards with a tapered cedar wedge that went up along the belly, made a couple like yours for using on lynx and wolves.

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Posted 03 July 2012 - 07:56 PM

It looks good to me. The only thing I do different is put an upright attached to your crossbar at the bottom that would come up about 18 inches that you can tack your hind legs to so they are very close together. This will give your hides a very square and finished look. If you do this you will have to make sure both of your exising uprights are adjustable at the bottom so you can strech evenly both directions from the middle. I do this with both my dogs and cats and get a much better finished product and also seem to get quite a bit more money for them. It's what they call the nevada stretch around here. Sorry I don't have any pics, haven't figured this [Excuse my language.... I have a limited vocabulary] computer out that far yet.

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Posted 03 July 2012 - 08:39 PM

Thanks furtakerkc. I do the Nevada stretch also, seems to be what the furbuyers are wanting. You can't see it very clear in my pic, but I have #9 wire hooks coming up from my crossbar to bring the hind legs together. I also put a mark on my stretchers at 40 inches, seems to be the magic # to start getting into some good $ for the furs. It gives me a little bit of a point to strive for when I'm stretching. I'm gonna make a couple with a wooden upright on top the crossbar and see if I, like that better.

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Posted 03 July 2012 - 10:28 PM

Running all Otis Lantham stretchers here and I am really happy with them. Not sure if these pics help any or not.

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I just like mine to look more even throughout vs looking like a torpedo. Plus the typical nevada stretch....

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Posted 03 July 2012 - 10:34 PM

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Posted 04 July 2012 - 12:16 AM

Those look like those are easy to adjust Chris, I'm liking the design. Man you've got a lot of cages!!!

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Posted 22 July 2012 - 07:47 PM

I use Latham stretchers also, great quality. Fast shipper.

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Posted 23 July 2012 - 01:35 PM

Hello I am New to the site and saw a question on Homemade wooden fur strechers.
Me and my 9 year old son trapp in kansas. We make all are own stretch boards. A great resource is THE NAFA web site. These are the people who will buy your fur at auction. Follow this link: http://www.nafa.ca/wild-fur/resources .
If you download the nafa pelt handling pdf. Scroll down to the last pages. it will give you drawings of alot of common animal strech boards. They work great. There is alot of information at this link as well. Glad i found this web site. Hope this helps!

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Posted 23 July 2012 - 04:43 PM

Welcome to the trapping forum K! Thanks for the great info!

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Posted 23 July 2012 - 04:48 PM

Welcome K trapper! Enjoy the site and thanks for the info.

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Posted 23 July 2012 - 05:39 PM

Welcome K Trapper to PT, enjoy the site.

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Posted 23 July 2012 - 06:06 PM

Welcome to the site K Trapper. Seems you're very close to me in Kansas. Thanks for the good information.
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Posted 24 July 2012 - 03:05 PM

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Posted 14 October 2012 - 04:59 PM

Otis makes some fine stretchers. they served me very well in the past, and will continue to do so. If you can make stretcher for yourself, go for it. If a trapper isnt one thing, they are resourceful!




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