|Project by HalDougherty||posted 598 days ago||3259 views||1 time favorited||13 comments|
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 http://www.first285.com