Ruger 10/22 thumbhole stock made from Maple and wild cherry. I broke it!

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Project by HalDougherty posted 07-25-2012 02:05 AM 4524 views 1 time favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Woops, I was just finished sanding to 120 grit and was going to start with rasps and files on the thumbhole area, when I dropped it! The figured maple shattered in the action area where the stock is only one laminate thick. This maple was beautiful! It looks like flames from a fire and the color is a golden amber with flashing rays of light area all over the stock. I was able to glue the crack together, but it will someday break again. I’m carving another one tomorrow morning for my customer. I traded the Ruger 10/22 with a thumbhole stock a while back for a trailer to haul logs. When I buy another one, I’ll put a heavy match barrel on it and fit it to this stock. At this point, the stock has been sanded to 120grit and a couple of coats of tung oil have been rubbed in. For a second I was upset that I dropped the stock and it was ruined, but I’m just glad it happened to me before I shipped it and I can make another one in about an hour and this one will have straight grain in the action area… I know better, but this maple was just too pretty and it wanted to be something that someone would prize and show off… I didn’t use any die or stain on this stock. It’s the natural color of the wood. I like it much better than the regular white color that doesn’t show the grain.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#1 posted 07-25-2012 02:54 AM

You’re still doing it wonderfully!

Great work!

Thank you.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#2 posted 07-25-2012 03:01 AM

Beautiful work. I’ve been wanting to give stock making a try for awhile now. Did you shape the whole thing using files, and rasps, or did you use something else? How long does it usually take to make one?

-- Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former. -- Albert Einstein

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#3 posted 07-25-2012 03:23 AM

I use a 2 1/2 hp router in a specialized machine to carve my stocks. It's a commercial gunstock duplicator made by Dakota Arms in Sturgis, SD.

It takes about an hour to carve each stock and about an hour of sanding to get them sanded to 120 grit. Using files and rasps, it would take days or weeks to carve a stock from a hard wood like sugar maple.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#4 posted 07-25-2012 03:29 AM

Would it be possible to put a floating tennon in the area of he crack to reinforce it?

-- Michael: Hillary has a long list of accomplishments, though most DAs would refer to them as felonies.

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#5 posted 07-25-2012 03:31 AM

Sorry you dropped it, but what a nice job! I have been thinking of trying a make a stock. I have a Walnut stump that is beggin for it. Have you ever done any checkering? Nice post Thanks!

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

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#6 posted 07-25-2012 03:36 AM


The side wall that broke is about 1/4” thick. I’m going to finish the stock and use it myself. If I break it again, I’ll either fix it or carve another one. I like this golden flame color maple too much to scrap it out.


I’ve got checkering tools, but rarely use them. A simple pattern on the grip area and forend takes me at least 8 hours to lay out and cut. A more complicated pattern that sweeps around and covers more area takes even longer.

-- Hal, Tennessee

#7 posted 07-25-2012 04:52 AM

Still a great stock Have to keep it

-- (L an D Woodworks)

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#8 posted 07-25-2012 10:15 AM

you will have a one of a kind rifle when you aqquire a rifle to match. nice work. i have a concrete floor in my shop so i know a drop is almost always heartbreak.

-- bowtie,.....jus passin thru....

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#9 posted 07-25-2012 10:41 AM

Nice looking stock as usual Hal. I had a factory beech stock off my Remington 722 do the same thing your did and it didn’t look nearly as nice. Its got a butternut stock on it now.

Thanks for the post.

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#10 posted 07-25-2012 02:56 PM

Oh yea Hal…. Beautiful stock

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#11 posted 07-25-2012 03:58 PM

Great stock,Hal. I would not scrap it either!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#12 posted 07-25-2012 08:12 PM

Another great stock, Hal!

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#13 posted 07-26-2012 12:48 AM

Wow, really pretty stuff, sorry to hear about the break…but definitely better than the costomer experiencing that.

-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν

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