BLack Powder Display Stand

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Project by Roz posted 05-31-2013 04:23 PM 2485 views 2 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Last Christmas a very dear friend presented me with a fine gift. It was a black powder Kentucky Long Rifle that had belonged to her recently departed husband. He clearly appreciated fine things. I do not know much about this rifle. It is made of a beautiful quilted maple and has many brass inlays, is deadly accurate and is far too beautiful to be hidden away in my gun safe. It came with a powder horn with Walnut end cap and a finely tooled and fringed leather Necessary Bag. Last year while making the Wall Tree for my wife, I made a miss-cut on a fine piece of Walnut and could not bear to throw it away. So I stuck it aside promising myself I’d find a use for it with its rabbit cut ends and two ¾ inc Dados in an odd intervals. When I decided to make a stand for my new rifle that mistake I had made months earlier seemed to be a good solution. I free handed the uprights that cradle the gun. I also did the pieces that make up the rack for the powder horn and bag. The two rack pieces are tied together with two ¼ inch ½ inch strips long enough to match the Dado intervals. They were Dado cut into the back and bottom side of the rack pieces. The resulting one piece rack does a nice job of making the mistake Dado cuts look like I intended them to be there and my reputation is protected for another day.
The end cap shape is taken from the detail in the Patch Box on the rifle stock and cut from another piece of scrap. The finished stand got three coats of oil finish by Minwax and a little padding to protect the rifle stock and hold things in place.
Thanks for looking. t

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

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#1 posted 05-31-2013 06:06 PM

wow terry that is a sure fire beauty, and it looks just great in your home…and your right, way to pretty to be in a gun safe..ive never fired one , black powder..i bet there a real joy….been awhile, good to hear from ya.

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#2 posted 05-31-2013 06:17 PM

Good to hear from you Grizz. I’ve been busy but working and have a few things to post that are just about finished.
I check in on you guys often but don’t always commit.
Thanks for looking.

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

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#3 posted 05-31-2013 07:28 PM

Nice work for a nice musket.

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#4 posted 05-31-2013 10:05 PM

That is one Handsome looking gun Terry, you have managed to show it to its best with your fine stand, beautiful quilted timber, fabulous piece

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#5 posted 06-01-2013 12:19 AM

A fitting tribute to your friends gun.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#6 posted 06-01-2013 01:08 AM

Nice work!

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#7 posted 06-01-2013 02:39 PM

Wonderful work on the stand Terry. It lets the rifle be the main attraction while still keeping the quality look. That is some rifle. Who wouldn’t want such a fine piece of history?

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#8 posted 05-28-2015 07:52 PM

Fine (look) and exclusive thing. I love history and ancient things. They store heat of soul human and warmly human hands. Meeting your maple, I always a little bit regret. We have no such grade of a maple. Good luck.

-- Ganchik Sasha. Life shouldn't be a draft copy.....

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#9 posted 06-01-2015 04:36 AM

Thanks Sasha.

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

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