|Project by HalDougherty||posted 09-24-2012 08:07 PM||6302 views||5 times favorited||25 comments|
I carved this gunstock to fit a Ruger 10/22 with a target weight barrel. I’m giving first refusal to a customer who ordered a figured maple Ruger stock. I don’t know what you call this type of quilting. It’s from a tree grown in East Tennessee, so doubt it’s big leaf maple. It’s also not as quilted as the quilted maple I have. This is a very special stock that shimmers and glistens in the sunlight. It looks a lot like the first project I posted here, but this one has even more figure in the wood. There has to be more maple trees in East Tennessee like this… All I have to do now is saw enough maple trees to find one. Two boards this pretty are just a tease. I sure wish I had both trees these boards came from. I’d love to carve them. This stock has been finished to 320 grit and wetsanded with tung oil to make the grain pop. Maple and cherry both take a beautiful polished finish that looks 3 miles deep. I also added a figured walnut butt plate. A 22 rimfire doesn’t have any recoil and I like the look of fine wood better than rubber or plastic. I also pillar bedded the stock with a 9/16” aluminum pillar. When you tighten the stock bolt on an aluminum pillar, the wood can’t compress and change the point of aim. I like to glass bed the rear half of the barrel on a Ruger 10/22 and leave the action free floating.
-- Hal, Tennessee http://www.first285.com