|Project by Brett||posted 05-16-2015 06:43 PM||2104 views||1 time favorited||10 comments|
One of my other hobbies, other than woodworking, is shooting airguns. Yes, a grown man shooting BB guns in his backyard! ;) Once I got into the world of higher end adult airguns, I realized that there are some pretty high quality equipment out there, not just the stuff that is offered on the shelves of WallyWorld!
This is a Weihrauch HW77K .177 caliber spring powered air rifle. It came with a nicely shaped and finished beech hardwood stock with classic styling. After some time with this particular rifle, I found that some of the finer details of the stocks shape were neglected from the factory. I decided to do some refining of the shape (for looks and fit) and refinish the beech wood to make it look a bit warmer and hopefully add some depth to the finish.
This project contained a few firsts in woodworking for me. First was the checkering. Never did it before. It’s not as difficult as I had read about but not as easy as I anticipated in my mind. There is a bit of a learning curve and patience is a must! Overall, I don’t think what I did here was too bad. In fact I am pleased with it. Not perfect, but pleased.
Another first was staining. I am NOT a stain person! I use the wood for a project based off of it’s color. I couldn’t do that on this one. I had to use a stain or something to color the wood a dark brown. Beech is also known for it’s ability to BLOTCH so this was a bit intimidating. I used a pre-stain conditioner and then a gel stain to help prevent the BLOTCH and get a more even color. Like I said about the checkering, it’s not perfect but I am pleased with the color and the evenness of the color over the piece.
I also struggled with what to use for a topcoat, to protect and beautify the piece. I settled on a simple lacquer from a can. DEFT in satin sheen. I sprayed multiple coats and then I finished it off with some 1500 grit sanding and then some paste wax. It has a great satin sheen and it feels like silk in my hands.
Now I have a rifle that I am much more pleased with and proud to sport in my backyard sniping adventures!
Thanks for looking and comments always welcome!!!
-- Hand Crafted by Brett Peterson John 3:16 http://www.TheCrookedNail.blogspot.com