deer antler replica rack by Scott Oldanie

Readers’ Projects, Issue 32

Deer antler racks and more

Scott Oldanie has found many unique uses for WEST SYSTEM Epoxy around his Lemont, Illinois, home. These are just a few. He built two whitetail deer antler replica racks, bonded and carved; a wooden bear head attached to the end of a beam; and repaired damaged moose antlers and rotted log ends of his log home.

Replica deer antler rack
Oldanie built this reproduction whitetail deer antler rack by first building an armature of welded pipe and 1/4″ steel rod. He then covers it with fiberglass cloth and builds up the antler shape with epoxy thickened with 406 Colloidal Silica Filler. He mixes in pellets from Beanie Babies for texture.

When he's not building deer antler racks, Scott carves things like this bear head
When he’s not creating deer antler racks, Oldanie makes things like this heavy, carved bear head mounted to the end of a log beam. He used WEST SYSTEM Epoxy thickened with 406 Colloidal Silica filler for this project.

Wooden Dog Sled
Oldanie also built this beautiful dogsled of ash and WEST SYSTEM Epoxy. The curved parts are laminated with 6 – 7 thin layers of ash.


Remotely Operated Vehicle
The remotely operated vehicle (ROV) scoops floating debris from the water’s surface and collects it for removal.

Kell High School Robotics Extracurricular Activity

Students sanding wood
The Kell High School Robotics team is an extracurricular activity at the Kell High School in Marietta, Georgia. Students in the program designed and built a robotic system that will be used to recover debris from lakes and rivers. The vehicles two hulls are built of laminated Styrofoam covered with fiberglass cloth using WEST SYSTEM Epoxy.

Students preparing a laminated hull for fiber glassing
Kell students prepare a laminated hull for fiberglassing (above) while other students begin to trim the excess fiberglass from the hull after the epoxy has cured.

Visit to find out more about Kell Robotics and watch a video of the ROV in action.

Mayan Throne

Replica of a Mayan Throme
Designed to be used for photo ops at trade shows, in the Modelo Beer booth, this massive Mayan throne was built by Saginaw, Michigan, artist Frank Smeker. Here, it has just a wet coat of primer, but the plywood, foam and WEST SYSTEM Epoxy chair will get a crystalline sparkle texture, then be painted monochromatic gold. Smeker has been building museum exhibits, trade show displays and architectural details since 1982. Visit Creativity Displayed to see more of his work.

15′ Strip Boat

Strip Boat
Matthew Gunning of Gunning Wooden Boats LLC, Summerville, South Carolina, sent this photo of a 15′ strip boat he built for a customer in Virginia. He used 105 Resin/207 Special Clear Hardener with 7.5 oz. fiberglass cloth on the exterior and 6 oz. fiberglass cloth on the interior.

Baker Boat Works(Plan No.76) “Rose”

Wide sugar pine, Redwood, and Western red cedar boat
Built by David Harry of Chester, California, over four months of weekend and evening work, this 11′ 2″ Wherry has a 42″ beam. It was launched in October 2010. The boat was built from plans purchased from Baker Boat Works (Plan No.76). Harry built the boat from locally available woods. The hull strips were 1/4″ – thick, 3/4″ – wide sugar pine, redwood and western red cedar. Douglas fir and black oak were also used. The boat was laminated inside and out with 6 oz. fiberglass cloth and WEST SYSTEM Epoxy. Harry says, “It weighs 60 lb. and is fast under oar, obtaining a good speed in about three strokes of the 6′ 6″ oars. My daughter was my clamping assistant in the construction and she named it rose.” Harry and his daughter enjoy rowing rose around the waters of Lake Almanor, in California.