I have been working on an idea I had for a back up pedestal for the buck I killed back in November. A good good friend of mine likes to place his mounts on ceder tree trunks he has cut in the past, and they look great. While out shed hunting one day, he and I found a great cedar tree to make a pedestal for my buck. The tree had grown around some old barb wire, and with an old NO HUNTING sign I've had for years, it will look awesome! The problem is the tree was partially alive, so I have to wait for it to cure out, so in the mean time I needed a pedestal.
I have seen some wooden ones in the past and decided to make one. A local place just up the road deals in all kinds of stuff, from trinkets to old barn wood. After picking out some wood and making a deal with the owner (30 bucks for more than enough "reclaimed wood"), I was ready to build the pedestal I had in mind. Oh, the lady who owns the place also kicked in a couple old hinges that really makes the piece I think. I picked up three 10 foot 2x4s and two pre-cut pieces of ply-wood. The ply-wood pieces were 2 foot squares. The ply-wood would serve as the size of the pedestal's width and depth. A two foot square would be over kill in most mounts, but I have a seven year old and a 18 month old at home so I built it heavy. Once it was framed out and screwed together, I began to cut the barn wood to fit the sides. I had to pre drill all of the nail holes, because that rough cut oak that cured out over a hundred years on a barn no longer likes nails! I hinged a piece on one corner to make a door. This will serve as a liquor cabinet once I get some lighting in there. I finished it out with pieces cut for the top and inside shelf. I think it turned out great. I love it so much, I may not use the cedar tree on this one!