Rifle Stock carving

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Project by Lori posted 08-03-2010 03:38 PM 4837 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

For a friend’s 55th birthday I customized her new (and very first) .22 plinking rifle, a Marlin model 60. The stock is birch and came plain with a walnut stain. After removing the stain I proceeded to relief carve the fore end, grips, bottom of grip, and shoulder of the stock. When fairly satisfied with the way these turned out, I put six coats of a wipe on poly finish. It will amber up over time, which is the idea. She loved the stock and it was the talk of the range. Given that this was my first carving in over 9 years it turned out well.

On the rear of the stock where the scrolling is I carved the year: 2010. Bottom of grip contains her initials, PG. The fore end is mostly oak leaves, three major varieties on each side. In the middle is a sword-like T, which I like to say represents the strength of Tricia, the nickname she goes by. Working symbolism into carved pieces is one of the things I have fun doing.

-- Lori, NC piedmont

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#1 posted 08-03-2010 03:47 PM

Great looking 22
9 yrs and it does not look like you forgot anything.

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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#2 posted 08-03-2010 04:27 PM

Looks great.

-- Rob — I've cut it off twice and it's still too short!,

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#3 posted 08-03-2010 05:22 PM

Cool carving, very nice gift.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#4 posted 08-03-2010 06:38 PM

Looks good. Are they hand carved?

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#5 posted 08-03-2010 06:54 PM

I carved these using a blade to transfer my drawings onto the wood, Dremel with cutters & burrs to grind out most of the relief and fine diamond/ruby tips for the small details. Cleaned/sharpened it up with wood files. To initially shape the stock grips and top line on the Ruger stocks I used a wood rasp. My wrist feels like it was all done by hand, ha.

The chisels I usually reserve for larger work or deep relief. Carving on a small cylinder can be challenging for me even with a rotary tool.

But then, I’m self-taught and always like to expand my skill set by learning from other woodworker/carvers.

-- Lori, NC piedmont

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#6 posted 08-03-2010 07:35 PM

Wonderful looking guns. You should be proud of these.

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#7 posted 08-04-2010 12:02 AM

Again, nice work! Did you do the pattern freehand or did you use a printed pattern to work from?

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#8 posted 08-04-2010 06:38 AM

For the gun stocks I draw the patterns on paper, make copies, tape them to the stock, then traced my design with a knife blade so that it scores the wood. At that point I start carving, using an intact copy of the drawing for reference while I work. It helps to have a reference for intricate patterns and details.

-- Lori, NC piedmont

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