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Blog entry by TopamaxSurvivor posted 05-03-2010 07:49 AM 1508 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was working in the garage this weekend trying to get it in shape to set up the lathe I got almost a year ago. I came across some gum that I know is 30 years old. It was with scrap of paper with a lighting layout. It had the name Pepco on it. I remember that job like it was yesterday. The owner thought they would save a buck, so they bought their own hi-pressure sodium lights. They were cheap!! Cheap because they were not power factor corrected. The volts and amps were about 180 out of sync;-( My conduits were not big enough because I laid out for normal, legal lights. It cost them a bundle to wire the high amperage circuits, plus the power company made them put in power correcting capacitors or they would not connect power to the building. Anyway, the gum isn’t gum anymore. I don’t know what it is or what to call it. Maybe Wrigley knows??

I thought I’d post this ¾ done project that has been lying about for, well, a long time…. Most of the projects I post are rather rough in woodworker terms. I thought the gang will be happy to see I am not just a wannabe ;-)) I have no schedule to finish this up. I don’t shoot ML pistol anymore.

It is a scratch gun, not a kit gun. I assembled the parts from a friend who was in the muzzle loading gunsmith business a while back. The stock is maple, not really high grade curly, rather plain. It is far enough along to be shot if I fitted a sight to it. I haven’t found the hammer yet, but I’m 100% sure it is there somewhere and will turn up. If not, they are easy to come by.

Inletting the barrel, tang, lock and trigger guard does take a bit of time and patience, trust me!! ;-)) After the inletting, most modern gunsmiths bed the parts with epoxy to strengthen the area. That is what I did, but it doesn’t help with the fitting and inletting. One little sliver missing will stick out like a sore thumb ;- (

The parts come as rough castings. They have to be filed and polished. The barrel has to be draw filed to take the machining marks off. The lock is the only part that comes ready to install.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence



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studie

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#1 posted 05-03-2010 08:22 AM

I’m not much of a shooter but can appreciate how steel & wood can “marry” into a fine tool like this! My first wood finishing project I used Birchwood Casey gun refinishing kit. It came with a pore filler stain & then True oil top coat that I even used on a few solid body electric guitars with great results. Looks really fine TopaBob!

-- $tudie

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#2 posted 05-03-2010 08:50 AM

I’ve used BC Tru Oil. I don’t remember the grain filler, must have not gotten the kit, just the finish. That Steel/wood marriage thing is something you have to work at, just like the real thing. 40 yrs doesn’t come for free ;-))

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#3 posted 05-03-2010 07:28 PM

Interesting Bob, and quite a nice job you did on it too. I’m glad to hear you will be setting up your new lathe soon. I know you are going to like turning and the steep learning curve at the beginning makes all the more fun and exciting.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#4 posted 05-03-2010 07:54 PM

Too many interests and so little time ;-)) Things got way out of hand during the lost decade:-((

Autumn, That is called a wedge. It goes through the stock on both sides and through a lug under the barrel with a slot in it to hold the barrel on.

No, i didn’t. Makes sense though, there is a collevtor for everything :-))

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#5 posted 05-04-2010 09:12 AM

I don’t have any plan right now. Too many other things to do. I will when I get around to it. Not much room to decorate on a pistol as compared to a rifle’s butt stock.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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