Rifle Display

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Project by WoodshopJoe posted 1590 days ago 6658 views 25 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is rifle display that I made for a client in California, I’m shipping it out tomorrow. The rifle isn’t going with it he has a Sako he is going to display on this. I am really happy with how it turned out, I couldn’t have asked for a better combination and selection of hardwoods to use in this project. The center is a piece of flame birch which is a wicked piece of wood. A ton of sanding went into the center since it and and thickness planer didn’t want to play nicely together as the tear out was unbelievable. The grain in the birch appears to move as you move across it. It really trips people out. The margin around the birch is curly cherry, I was lucky enough to get a couple of 10 foot lengths from a local cabinet shop for free so I used the one with the most pronounced curl in it. The cherry creates an awesome border between the birch and walnut. I was able to get all the walnut out of one board so the colors matched perfectly.

I finished it with Formby’s tung oil finish and a nice coat of satin lacquer. The supports are like my other one with the rifle strap swivels and leather. I made this one adjustable from the back since I didn’t have the actual rifle here with me to mount it. That way he can make it perfectly level since the leather actually runs through to the back and is then secured via a small screw.

Thanks for looking

-- Joe Truehart - The Craftsmans Woodshop

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#1 posted 1590 days ago

WOW! Outstanding…. Nice work Joe…

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#2 posted 1590 days ago

Great display piece. Nice wood combos.

-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

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George Barreras

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#3 posted 1590 days ago

Beautiful display, absolutely awesome, is the rifle a pre-64 model 70?

-- Nubs,Reserve

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Doug Nordberg

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#4 posted 1590 days ago

Looks great! I love the contrast between the walnut and cherry!

-- Doug, Cody Wyo

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#5 posted 1590 days ago

Hey George, the rifle shown in this photo is a 1908 Mauser that was sported up with a new stalk and re-chambered to 30.06 back in the 50’s. It came from my neighbors gun collection, he has many vintage rifles many pre WWI and WWII. The gun that is actually going on it is a modern Sako 85 Stainless Steel Varmint, a Finnish rifle.

-- Joe Truehart - The Craftsmans Woodshop

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#6 posted 1590 days ago

Beautiful wood combination. Does that mount lock so it can’t be dismounted?

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#7 posted 1590 days ago

amazing work…. looks great..

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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#8 posted 1590 days ago

No this version doesn’t lock, I am working out how to make one that does lock and still be aesthetically pleasing, or you can always put a trigger lock into rifle itself if it’s required by law.

-- Joe Truehart - The Craftsmans Woodshop

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#9 posted 1590 days ago

Okay. Now I really can’t make up my mind. A cabinet, a rack, or a display of similar design. I like all the patterns in the grain. Great job!

-- avid termite

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#10 posted 1589 days ago

Wow, what’s your customer going to put on display? It’s going to have to be something special…

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#11 posted 1589 days ago

Awesome Gun case, looks fantastic, that would be really nice in a man cave, but my wife would not let me put that on our walls in our place. She said thats what a gun cabinets for or a closet is for. Great Job.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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#12 posted 1589 days ago

Hey Q, I know the feeling, I just make them for other people and don’t have one myself. That is also the reason my deer mount is in the shop and not in the house.

-- Joe Truehart - The Craftsmans Woodshop

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#13 posted 1589 days ago

Beautiful work!

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#14 posted 1589 days ago

I really like this mount and since I am not familiar with rifles, here’s some thoughts on how to conceal or lock the rifle and still be aesthetically pleasing to show off this beautiful mount:
1) Encase the entire frame in plexiglass box with hinge & lock system.
2) If there is a metal type of strap or chain that can be used like the one you installed and then make a wood cover that this hardware can be inserted to, covering the metal and only showing wood. A wooden sleeve of sorts grooved out to house the hardware.

Maybe some of these ideas will be helpful. Keep up the excellent work!

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#15 posted 1589 days ago

Amazing stuff Joe. I’m sure the client will be pleased.

-- Jason - Colorado Springs

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