|Project by HalDougherty||posted 06-22-2010 01:30 AM||6567 views||1 time favorited||13 comments|
This stock is very much like the other thumbhole stocks I’ve carved to fit a Remington 600/660 rifle. This one is one of my favorites. It’s wild cherry on the outside and black walnut and cherry on the inside laminates. The cherry has a lot of grain and color showing. I’ve wet sanded it with tung oil and steel wool to smooth the stock. The cherry doesn’t have the pores that need to be filled like walnut. The tung oil brings out the beautiful color and grain of the cherry. The stock is fresh and the cherry will age to a deep chestnut color. Each laminate is from the same log so as the cherry darkens the laminates should stay close to each other in color. There is some sapwood present and it will always be lighter than the rest. The contrast should be beautiful. With cherry you just can’t tell what it’s going to look like till it ages… The last photo is the bench I used to support the stocks for these photos. I included it because the grain of the cherry is so beautiful. The slab the bench is made from is the first flitch from the cherry log and it’s unusable for gunstocks because it’s almost all sapwood. The rest of the log is dry enough to carve. I can’t wait to see what a gunstock carved from one of these slabs looks like.
-- Hal, Tennessee http://www.first285.com