Ambrosia Maple, Walnut & Cherry benchrest rifle stock

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Project by HalDougherty posted 1512 days ago 10563 views 2 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This stock is made from ambrosia maple, walnut and a center section of wild cherry. The finish is just a coat of tung oil and it’s only been sanded to 120grit. Ambrosia maple is so hard that it takes a great finish. You can go to 600 grit for a mirror smooth finish. I love the natural desert camo look that you get with a dark maple board that’s stained by the ambrosia beetle. You do have a few pin holes that need filling, but I use the sanding dust and glue to fill them while I’m rough sanding the stock. I’ll make the center sections thinner on the next ambrosia maple stock I carve so you don’t get so much of the laminate showing on the sides. The rifle that will be fitted to it by the customer is a Remington Varmint rifle in .223 Remington. Oh, and the stock is resting on a red oak bench I made a while back.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#1 posted 1512 days ago


Is that taking a .222 action?

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#2 posted 1512 days ago

I would love to shoot this! OUTSTANDING!

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#3 posted 1512 days ago

Excellent work.

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#4 posted 1512 days ago

that looks like a 12 or 20 gauge. nice!

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#6 posted 1512 days ago

That is just to neat looking. I have a Rem. 700 sps that I just brought an new wood stock for.

Very nice. Is it done by an CNC machine?

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#7 posted 1512 days ago

that looks freaken incredible!!, awesome wood choices and glue-up!

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#8 posted 1512 days ago

nice stock

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#9 posted 1512 days ago

No, I can’t afford a CNC machine to carve stocks. I do have a Dakota Arms Stock Duplicator and while I use a mechanical duplicator, there is still a lot of handwork that goes into carving a rifle stock.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#10 posted 1511 days ago

I love guns of all descriptions. Hunt & target shoot ..this is one fancy rifle stock. Would sure make my time at the bench more enjoyable. Grand job

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#11 posted 1511 days ago

What Type/Brand of glue are you using for your lamination process ?
Very creative looking stocks.

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#12 posted 1511 days ago

I use three different glues, West System 3 epoxy, Gorilla Glue, and Titebond III. The other glue that could be used is DAP WELDWOOD Resorcinol Waterproof Glue. Only one problem with it… It leaves a dark line at each glue joint. Most commercial laminated stocks are made from birch laminate using this kind of glue. (Ruttland Plywood) If you use very thin strips of wood with little or no grain it gives the wood a simulated grain.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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