Shooting Rest #2: The Structure

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Blog entry by jajluni posted 10-17-2011 06:01 AM 2443 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well here is the Main body with most of the supports…

I started by cutting 4 10 inch 2X4s and laminated them to make a pair. Those pieces will become the two main supports of the gun rest.

I then Cut 4 More lengths of 2X4 to 18 in and glued two on each side in a stacking pattern to make up the side supports…Still all I have used only 112 inches of 2X4 and titebond II.

In this picture you see the place where the gun will actually rest.Not 100% sure on the dimensions but i will gladly get them if someone where to need them. Its is still only made of roughly 120 inches of 2X4 and titebond II and I used a jig saw for this step at this point.

In the above pictures you see I have attached the cups to the front and rear supports with bolts (not sure on size looks like 1/8 maybe) I attached the bolts to the main supports by counter syncing the bolt heads with 1/2 hole and gluing them in place with gorilla glue. (best glue I have used…you could build a house with that stuff I swear!) After that I drilled what I believe to be 1/8 inch hole all the way threw the gun cups then countersunk each hole so that I could barley squeeze a nut of the right size in the hole. Once again I glued these in with Gorilla Glue…Then from that point on it was all elbow grease screwing in the bolts to make the threads in the wood!

And here is where i am today after 4 hours in the garage board! Still got TONS of sanding to do and maybe a nice Walnut or cherry finish I think is in order:)what you think? Then I also have to pad and cushion The gun cups so the rest can firmly hold the gun without damaging the stock!

Materials used so far…

Roughly 120 inches of 2X4
Two 1/8 inch bolts with complementing washers and nuts
Titebond II
Gorilla glue
Hand saw
Jig saw

...So far I have spent $0 on this project

-- wood is like a woman...looks better with age....until it gets reallllllyyyyy old;)

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#1 posted 10-21-2011 03:25 AM

Interesting looking project. Have you had a chance to use it yet?

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#2 posted 10-24-2011 08:06 AM

I have just finished the stain and finish. I need to figure out how to cushion the cups where the gun actually sites!:)pics will be up soon!

-- wood is like a woman...looks better with age....until it gets reallllllyyyyy old;)

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