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 Post subject: PVC Fleshin Beam
PostPosted: 12 Nov 2014, 20:28 
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Hey Gang,
At Swamp Rat's request, here are a couple pics of a PVC fleshin beam that some of us use here on WAT, as well as many other trappers I assume. It's nothing more than 6" PVC pipe that is cut up and shaped into a form that will accommodate most of the animals we take after. This is my first one, that has since broke and been replaced. The second one is cut a bit different, but still very similar. I've used these beams to flesh everything from the few muskrats I've ever caught to yotes, even did a deer on it.



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Notice the sharp cut to the left of the sawhorse, on my 2nd beam I did away with the cross sectional cut and just carried the initial lengthways cut clear down till the sawzall blade came out of the pipe, making just the 1 cut. This adds strength to the pipe, where the cross cut was a weak point. It didn't break when I used it, just when I dropped it while moving it in cold weather, but still. :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: PVC Fleshin Beam
PostPosted: 12 Nov 2014, 20:35 
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Thanks Mohawk, that should start the questions to rolling in and others can also get answers.

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 Post subject: Re: PVC Fleshin Beam
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hey ya'll. new member on WAT forum and old friend of Swamp Rat. last year we stretch & dried some cats & fox with lots & lots of help from Swamp Rat. got a piece of 8 inch pvc pipe & wondering if that will work for fleshing beam ?


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 Post subject: Re: PVC Fleshin Beam
PostPosted: 12 Nov 2014, 22:14 
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Welcome Festus! I haven't tried 8", it's got a more gradual curve than 6" naturally, so that may be good or bad. Also it's a bit thicker walled, but that will only matter in cutting and the shaping of the pipe. If you have a sawzall and angle grinder, that's the way to go, then smooth out the edges with a fine file or power sander so you don't have anything that will poke a hole in the hides as the fleshing knife goes over them.

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 Post subject: Re: PVC Fleshin Beam
PostPosted: 12 Nov 2014, 22:25 
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thx mohawk. your pics & info were really a big help.the 8 inch pvc pipe was free so i'll cut away til i run out of pipe or get right. thx again.


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 Post subject: Re: PVC Fleshin Beam
PostPosted: 13 Nov 2014, 07:31 
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Welcome Festus now as an active member of WAT instead of being a "creeper" and hanging on the fringes like an old buck trying to cross an open clearcut! :roll: I know you have questions and the folks on here are usually willing to step up and share their experiences with you.....then there are some like Trappintime and Doc who enjoy mixing humor with fact. :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: PVC Fleshin Beam
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Morning all, Welcome Festus.

Jim does the hide want to slip around much on the slick pvc?


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 Post subject: Re: PVC Fleshin Beam
PostPosted: 13 Nov 2014, 08:26 
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Here are some old pictures of a PVC beam being used by a PRO and an OLD GOAT and a CANUKE at the last Kansas Rondy.



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