|Project by Roz||posted 05-31-2013 04:23 PM||1305 views||2 times favorited||9 comments|
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."