Ambrosia Maple, Walnut & Cherry benchrest rifle stock

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Project by HalDougherty posted 02-23-2010 11:15 PM 15079 views 3 times favorited 13 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 02-23-2010 11:19 PM


Is that taking a .222 action?

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#2 posted 02-23-2010 11:25 PM

I would love to shoot this! OUTSTANDING!

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#3 posted 02-23-2010 11:39 PM

Excellent work.

-- ~Jason~ , Albuquerque NM

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#4 posted 02-24-2010 12:19 AM

that looks like a 12 or 20 gauge. nice!

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#5 posted 02-24-2010 01:46 AM


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#6 posted 02-24-2010 01:58 AM

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 02-24-2010 02:30 AM

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

-- if you dont have it, build it, especially when its a stupid idea

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#8 posted 02-24-2010 02:48 AM

nice stock

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#9 posted 02-24-2010 03:10 AM

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 02-24-2010 03:03 PM

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 02-24-2010 07:56 PM

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

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#12 posted 02-24-2010 10:08 PM

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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#13 posted 11-05-2015 01:31 PM

Hellllooooo Hal !

BEAUTIFUL work on this stock….I’ve been beating my brains out searching the inter webs for a stock like this for my project 22-250 rifle. would it be inappropriate to ask you if I can get the dimensions you used to make a couple of templates? I DO NOT have cnc or a duplicator….I am going to try this the ol way….band saw, BUT I do have a Bridgeport mill and 33 years as a toolmaker so I “think” I can.

I have (2) 15 year old slabs of black walnut, 1 is 3-1/2” thick, the other 2-3/4 thk. I’m going to “try” to inlet it for a Sako A2 action mated to a Shilen bull barrel. I absolutely LOVE what you created and understand if you want to keep the info private….........thanks either way…......realscot

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