Walnut gunstock blank cuttoffs

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Blog entry by Mesquiteman posted 10-09-2011 02:59 AM 3833 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

A while back I bought a trailer load of logs from northern California with the intention of cutting numerous gunstock blanks. After slabbing some of the logs, I started to realize how hard it was getting highly figured blanks without imperfections, especially english walnut. Out of 19 logs I was able to cut 31 blanks that I consider to be mid level blanks. I was able to get a decent amount of slabs for furniture. The cutoffs are in the hundreds. Here are a few pics of the cuttoffs. I will slowly be milling these into bowl blanks, pistol grips, boards for resawing etc… I will post them in the trades section when they are all milled.

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#1 posted 10-09-2011 03:43 AM

You are 100% right on target. The waste cutting out full size blanks is awful. That’s another reason I make laminated blanks for my gunstocks. The first reason is I like laminated stocks for stability, but I like beautiful walnut, maple and cherry better than dyed birch like everybody else uses. The second is drying time… I can dry a 1” board in just a few months, a 3” thick blank takes years to dry and season. A kiln will dry them quick, but unless it’s a gentle solar kiln or a very slow drying cycle over a long period of time, the blank gets dry, but isn’t seasoned with the stresses relieved in the wood. Then when the temperature and humidity changes, the stock moves and accuracy suffers. When I make a solid walnut stock, it’s glued up from 3 or more boards in the same orientation they grew in the tree. You can’t see the glue line and it looks like a solid stock but still has all the advantages of a laminated stock. The third reason is… I get to use almost all the wood in the tree for gunstocks! The pretty wood goes on the outside and the average wood goes inside. When you put plain walnut and cherry together in a laminated stock, they look spectacular together. Your cutoffs look fantastic. How about some photos of a couple of the gunstock blanks you cut?

-- Hal, Tennessee

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