Crafting a Rifle Stock

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  1. CStuck

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    The 4th & 5th I am pretty proud of
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    5th is still a work in progress
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  2. CStuck

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    My checkering skills still need some work but its getting better
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  3. nmkid

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    That is very good. Are you by any chance taking note how long it takes to build one? I like the level of luster. Nice and easy on the eyes.
     
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    Those are nice enough that I would probably buy one of your stocks. Starting to get ready for my next build, a .243 AI.
     
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  5. CStuck

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    Thank you for the kind words.

    I do take note on how long the whole stock crafting takes, but each one has been different. I get more efficient with each attempt, but I would say it takes roughly 40-60 hours from start to finish for me. I still have a full time job so that translates to 3-5 months as I only work on them on weekends (weather permitting at some stages) or an hour or so after work when I'm feeling creative. I take some weekends to go shoot, or hangout with friends & family. Also this is more of a hobby turned into service, than a real business. I want to help people get something they couldn't get anywhere else without a super high price tag and I really enjoy making them

    If you would like to dicuss details on a future stock, I'd be happy to talk in depth with you about your goals, wants, etc. Via messages. I dont want this thread to turn into a for sale discussion.
     
  6. DNotti

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    Really appreciate this thread. I have some moderate woodworking skill and have wanted to experiment with making stocks for a while but was a bit at a loss where to start. It is encouraging to know I don't need more than the tools that are in my shop already -- I don't have a mill, but I do have the same cross slide table on my drill press so it is nice to know that will work.

    Question...how do you create your templates? My primary interest is benchrest stocks.
     
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    You do awesome work,and I enjoyed the write up. Trying to talk myself into doing a stock.I'm not much for wood working,but I think it would be a good challenge.
     
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  8. CStuck

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    Thank you. I was at loss on where to start when I did my first one, but I've found a process that works for me. As far as templates go I start with a side picture of the design I would like to get close to. Then I scale up the image to get it a little larger than the manufacturers measurements, I try to get the scaled drawing a 1/4"-1/2" larger all around that gives me a little extra wood to work with. Once the image is scaled I print it on my plotter at work on a 24"x36" paper. Trace it on a 1/4" piece of plywood and cut it out. If you don't have access to a large printer, you could try a blueprint/ copy business, let me know if you need more details on how to do that
     
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    That sounds "simple" enough :).
    Again, really appreciate your willingness to share the knowledge it has taken you so much time and effort to learn. It is what I love about this forum and all the contributors!
     
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    Beautiful work......... Enough said. Bob
     
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  11. CStuck

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    Thats what this is all about right? Helping other shooters & enthusiasts enjoy the sport. I also think its part of our gentlmanly duty to share experience, lessons learned, and knowledge with those wanting/willing to learn, so it can be passed on and the knowledge isn't lost.


    If you have troubles scaling the drawing/picture. You can send it to me, I'll scale it to the measurements you'd like and I can sent it back to you, or print a few copies and mail it to ya.
     
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    I can’t picture a better varmint stock.
     
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  13. Bc'z

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    Great read, I really enjoyed seeing you take it from rough lumber to a finished shooter.
    Amazing craftsmanship!!
    I'll be sending a PM as I'd like a maple with lots of figure in a Remington 700 LA.
     
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    Man you guys making these stocks do an awesome job. Im fortunate to own one of josh’s creations and a few more fine pieces from a couple stockmakers that have long since passed on. Im a real sucker for fine wood in a sporter style. I find it amazing the way you guys do the things yall do fixture wise coming up with ways to do things without expensive machinery. Mucho respect to you craftsmen!!
     
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    I just wish somebody would make me a sporter stock from osage orange so i can cross that off my list.
     
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  16. CStuck

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    Thank you, it's a lot of work but I enjoy it.

    I may know of a place to get your Osage Orange...it's less and 2 miles from the house
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  17. Bc'z

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    I got a hand crafted long bow in osage orange.
    Looks kind of twisted and curvy, draws smooth stacks hard 56# at 28".
    Bites the shit outa me every time I shoot it.
     
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    Those are absolutely amazing! Great work!
     
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    Thats awesome!! Ive bought a few of those planks from somewhere when i was making duck calls
     
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    Very nice work. You built it and have every right to be proud of it! Congratulations and keep up the great work!
     
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