|Forum topic by dpoisson||posted 11-28-2012 at 08:16 AM||1401 views||0 times favorited||14 replies|
11-28-2012 at 08:16 AM
Howdy everyone! I finally took the plunge and started modifying my rifle’s stock (an old mauser 96 action in 30-06 which has 2 mooses under it’s belt already!). The fore-end was a bit too thick for my liking and I wanted to give it a slimer profile. So I gave it a whack with my handplane. It’s starting to take shape. I also removed the hard hockey-puck buttpad so I can install a better one.
While doing this, I figured…might as well make it interesting and install an african blackwood tip! The thing is, I’m not exactly sure which glue would work best. I figured I could use the tips and tricks I was given maybe a year ago about gluing up bloodwood: acetone wipe first then Titebond III, is this correct (1)? But I read that TB III turns green when in contact with blackwood. Anyone ever had this happen to them (2)?
Also, since I ended up cutting the pieces very very slowly, it left the end-grain of the blackwood (and to a lesser extend, the walnut as well) very shiny. I read somewhere that I should scratch it up a bit with sandpaper (100 grit?) to give the glue more purchase. Sounds logical, do you guys concur (3)?
Keep in mind that this is for a hunting rifle: It will go out in the rain and snow and what not. So the glue needs to be able to not only bond exotic oily woods, but also be as waterproof as possible (especially since I don’t plan on putting a varnish on the wood, but use only an oil finish).
If someone could enlighten me on my 3 interogations, it would really make my day!
PS: I also wanted to install bloodwood plugs on the sides of the receiver, like you see on those safari rifles. I have a lathe, so I figured I could turn some slightly tapered plugs. I’m still undecided though on that…we’ll see how it goes with the tip and reshaping first and go from there!