After making the pistola I decided that perhaps he needed a rifle. Who knows maybe I’m starting his own gun collection for him ;^) I saw a picture online of a wooden shotgun, printed it up for referance, and then made my own version. I decided to search for real shotguns as well, so that It can be more authentic. I’m not sure if I was successfull with the authenticity part, but it sure is better then the wooden one online. LOL. Of course those projects are made for speed, my projects aren’t.
I am at the crossroads with this project. I’m kicking myself on how much work I actually want, fully aware that it will be dropped, kicked, used as a sword, and even possibly lost. After all he is 6 and doesn’t really care if his stuff is taken care of. I’m thinking I could make this really cool, carving the stock, staining it, ebonizing the barrel, etc. At that point he could keep it forever, and possibly pass it down to his son. But I could put in all that work and then spend a lot more work repairing it after he takes it to battle. LOL. The more I think about it the more I want to work on it, but once I get started it could take a long time to carve.
What to do.
Here it is so far. The gun is made out of european steamed beech. I turned the barrels, drilled the holes with forstner bits, carved the stock with chisels, etc. I cut the shape out with a jig saw, as my band saw isn’t wired yet, and doesn’t have power. So far this has been fun, which is what it is all about. I hope he enjoys it. He left the pistola in my truck, and hasn’t really shown concern for it. We’ll see. The pics are a bit bigger then I wanted, so click them to see the entire rifle.
As always I welcome constructive criticism, positive or negative.
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