How to Make a Deer Cleaning Rack


Deer cleaning racks are used to hang a deer from to skin and clean it. They are either made out of metal or wood, and are either stationary or transportable. The common denominator between all deer cleaning racks is that they are around seven-feet high, and can hold 350 lbs. Simple and easy deer rack designs are stationary, and work well for deer camps and other hunting areas. They are cost effective to build, and require little carpentry experience.

Things You'll Need

  • Tape measure
  • 2 treated timbers, 6-by-6-by-108-inches
  • Treated timber, 6-by-6-by-72-inches
  • Drill
  • Drill bit, 3/4-inch
  • 4 lag bolts, 3/4-by-10-inch
  • Wrench
  • Eye bolt, with hardware, 8-inch
  • Shovel
  • Hammer
  • 8 foundation stakes, 20-inches
  • Ready mix concrete, 3-cubic-feet
  • Water
  • Level
  • Lay your two 108-inch timbers parallel, and 36 inches apart. Lay the 72-inch timber perpendicularly against the ends of the parallel timbers so the ends are each 12 inches away from each 108-inch timber.

  • Drill through the 72-inch timber, and into the 108-inch timbers. Two holes should enter each 108-inch timber. The holes should be spaced 4 inches apart for each 108-inch timber, and should be no closer than 2 inches to the sides of the 108-inch timbers. Bolt the three timbers together using your wrench and lag bolts.

  • Drill another hole right through the center of the 72-inch timber that is 36 inches away from both ends, and 3 inches away from both sides. The hole should be parallel with the 108-inch timbers. Bolt the eye-bolt to the hole using the hardware it came with. The eye is on the same side as the 108-inch timbers.

  • Dig two 12-inch diameter, 20-inch deep holes. Their centers should be 42 inches apart. Position your timbers in the holes. Use your level to make sure they are perpendicular.

  • Pound four foundation stakes into the ground and around each timber. They should rest against the timber, and be at a 45-degree angle in the ground. The tops of the stakes should be even with the ground. They will keep the timbers from moving during the cement curing process.

  • Mix your cement according to the instructions on the package, and pour an equal amount into each hole around the timbers. Let the cement dry according to the instructions.

  • Mount your deer carcass to the rack by tying it to the eye-hook on the horizontal timber.

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