|Project by HalDougherty||posted 12-15-2009 08:36 PM||12446 views||5 times favorited||27 comments|
I made an early Christmas present for myself. This stock is made from some scrap walnut that wasn’t suitable for customers. You can see the place I repaired a 1/4”, 1/8” and a 1/16” crack. I used sawdust and epoxy to fill the crack and after it hardened, I sanded it flush with the rest of the stock. It looks good enough for my rifle. I started with rough sawmill lumber. First I planed and thickness sanded the boards close to 1” in thickness. Then I resaw individual boards for the inner laminates. Next I glue the stack of boards in a press I built just to make the laminated blanks. After 12 hours or so, they are ready for use. That’s my bottle neck. I could carve 4 stocks a day, but I’m always waiting for glue to dry… Before I removed the rough carved stock from my carving machine, I drilled the stock bolt hole with a 9/16” end mill. Then, glued in an aluminum dowell. Then I used a 1/4” upcut bit to drill the stock bolt hole from the inside of the action. After turning over the stock, I use an 1/8” bit to open the aluminum pillar enough to tap with a 1/4-20 tap. Now when I remove the stock bolt, it doesn’t fall out and when I tighten the bolt, it only compresses aluminum, not crush wood fibers. At this point, it’s only been sanded to 220 grit and tung oil rubbed in. I’ll use stainless steel wool to wet sand the stock once a day with tung oil for the next few days. Then after 30 days or so I’ll use spray the stock with auto clear coat. It’s going to be spectacular. Even with a huge crack in the original board I glued up for the stock.
-- Hal, Tennessee http://www.first285.com