|Project by HalDougherty||posted 04-29-2011 03:54 AM||9056 views||5 times favorited||23 comments|
This is my latest experiment in carving gunstocks. This stock has way too many tight curves to sand around… The finger groves and all the intricate curves around the cheek rest and thumbhole require hand sanding after I’m finished carving on my stock duplicator. To get out all the cutter marks and gouges took several times longer than usual. If I can find a way to speed up sanding, I’ll be making lots more of this design. If not, I may not carve very many like it.
The cherry crotch figure in the butt had two large cracks that were filled with sanding dust and super glue. They are solid now, but they still show. One is on the right side of the butt stock and the other is on the left side of the hand grip. Darn it but, pretty wood has more defects than straight grain boring wood! An old gunsmith once told me that an expert isn’t someone who can make a perfect gunstock. He said: “An expert stockmaker is someone who can fix the defects…” I need more time working out the defects. When the cherry darkens, this stock is going to be beautiful and functional. The wood in the butt has beautiful feathering and the swirling grain is stabilized by the thin center laminations. The forend grain is straight and parallel with the barrel channel. The beaver tail forend has a flat bottom to ride the bags at the shooting bench and fills the hand for offhand shooting. It was inletted to fit an old Remington 600 in .308.
-- Hal, Tennessee http://www.first285.com