|Project by HalDougherty||posted 05-15-2010 04:24 PM||10565 views||2 times favorited||8 comments|
This project may not look flinished to the average woodworker, but for my use it’s finished and ready to use. I posted this project of a benchrest stock. http://lumberjocks.com/projects/28537 A customer wanted a stock that’s very much like it, and also very different. He’s building an F-Class target rifle. My benchrest pattern is inletted for a Remington 700 short action. I also had to switch patterns and inlet this one for a Mauser 98 after the stock was rough carved. The stock I’m going to build has to have a flat 3” wide forend that’s parallel to the barrel channel. The rear of the stock also must be flat to ride the sandbags and return to battery as smooth as possible. I took the pattern I use for my benchrest type rifles and duplicated it, then I freehand milled the bottom of the forend flat and also the rear of the stock. Both of them are milled parallel to the barrel channel. Then I glued a 1/2” hard maple board to add wood where it was needed. After rough carving to shape, I added auto type bondo where I needed wood on the final stock. Then sanded the prototype to get the shape I needed for duplication. Yes, I used a beautiful laminated stock blank made from ambrosia maple, wild cherry and black walnut to make this prototype… I usually use rock maple for my prototypes because it’s hard, cheep and lack of figgure and color doesn’t make any difference if only me and the duplicator have to look at it. This one came about because of a dumb mistake I made… I didn’t watch the details enough and carved the forend too deep to start with. You can always take away wood, but you can’t put it back and make it look right. I needed this prototype stock anyway, so my laminated blank wasn’t wasted. My mistakes usually result in firewood or rolling pins, at least I got some use out of this one. It was 98% finished when I messed it up.
-- Hal, Tennessee http://www.first285.com