|Project by HalDougherty||posted 05-16-2012 09:46 PM||5509 views||3 times favorited||11 comments|
This varmint/benchrest stock is one of the very few solid, non laminated, stocks I’ve carved. It’s made from zebrawood and the marble texture of the wood is fantastic. Only one ugly problem… Zebrawood is brittle and you can see a lot of splinters in the last photo a closeup of the inlet area. I found out how brittle the wood is the first time I tried to carve a curved surface. Big chips flew all over the place. I had to climb cut the entire stock (I use a 2 1/4 hp router to carve my gunstocks). Climb cutting is going with the grain and is opposite to everything you hear about using a router. Only in my manual duplicator it’s safe and efficient to cut with the grain. I wasn’t able to find all the splinters and glue them back, so I had to slim down the curved forend so both sides would match. You can’t imagine trying to find a specific chip in a stack of wood chips from the last 3 stocks I’ve carved. A needle in a haystack would be easier to find. I hated giving up the search and slimming down the stock, but I suspect the splinter I was looking for got split into more than one piece as the router knocked it off the stock.
The slab this stock is resting on is an elm slab that’s going to be part of a dining chair soon. I have 5 or 6 stocks to carve first, but as soon as I finish them, I’m starting on a live edge table and 6 chairs using an elm log I’ve saved for a special project.
-- Hal, Tennessee http://www.first285.com