Do it yourself Stock making thread

Discussion in 'Gun Project Questions & Gunsmithing' started by joshb, Mar 29, 2017.

  1. msinc

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    I just happened to stumble upon this thread just this morning....read thru it and wow!!!!! I don't know if many folks out there realize the work that goes into something like this...I don't mean the stock work, that is plenty. I am referring to all the photos and posting. Thanks for sharing. Anyone that does any kind of wood working can learn some new tricks from this thread.
    I will add two things, first, anyone that works with wood routers should always take a minute every now and then to check for play in the spindle. I just had a Craftsman router blow up on me. It wasn't an expensive router, but I had it since back in the 80's and it worked perfect. I didn't really put a lot of hours on it, but at 25,000 rpm they can get some wear. I used it in a router table and I noticed the last time I used it that the spindle appeared to be going "blurry" when running with no load. Sure enough, the bearing was going bad and she blew. I was lucky to not get hurt...the armature came out from under the table and spun like a top all the way across the shop floor!!!! Make it a point to check for "wiggle" on the shaft each time you go to use your router fellas. Sure glad it was in a table...the new one should be here today.
    Second, early on some guys mentioned "pinning" their lamination's together....I don't know if that is necessary. Plain old ordinary Elmer's wood glue is unbelievably strong. The Amish guy that mills all my logs builds more furniture than anyone I know and we had a conversation about "adding strength" when joining wood. I was interested in a biscuit joiner and he told me that all he ever used was dowels because " it doesn't make the joint any stronger". The other big question was the type of glue...Elmer's vs. Gorilla glue. From my experience Elmers's is better. It's just as strong, especially for laminates and it cleans up easier.
    Joshb thanks again for posting all this!!!!!
     
  2. joshb

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    You are welcome. Want a pattern? Just pm me with your address.:)
    I agree with you on the "White glue" being sufficient. I like Titebond 2. It's waterproof and strong. Pin nails? I don't like any metal in my stocks. Nails always seem to wind up in the wrong place at the wrong time. They dull my blades when I hit them.:( Oh, and I hate Gorilla glue. I bought some, once. Used a little. Came back a couple weeks later to use some more and it was hard as a rock.
     
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  3. Hal

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    The power that be should make this this thread a sticky. A ton of good info here.
    And as msnic said it takes a lot of time and effort to take step by step pictures and post progress.
    Thanks Joshb. Keep up the good work.

    Hal
     
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    I finished another one I had put off to the side half done, today. The pattern profile was modified a little. The angled portion in front of the trigger holds a blind mag for this Kodiak action which was set up for hunter Benchrest when I bought it. This is a 30br barrel. The other barrel is in 30HBR, a modified 308 case. I'm just showing how the pattern can be easily modified for any application. The basic build is the same.
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  5. joshb

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    Thanks for the thought, Hal. I'm not an "expert" shooter yet, but I've learned a lot from this forum. I thought this might be a way to return the favors and contribute something.
     
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  6. Mojomfg

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    Thank you for all the time it took to share this ... I was wondering if you have tried any other comb hardware to compare to the kmw ?
     
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  7. joshb

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    Hi! Welcome to the forum. I haven't tried any other hardware. I looked at other hardware on line and liked the KMW design. It's unobtrusive, very well made and solid. The price is right, too. It has slots in one of the posts for a circlip. Find your favorite height and set the circlip. Loosen the bolt and pop out the cheek piece for cleaning. Drop it back in and lock it down when you're done! After installing and using one, I saw no reason to look further. I highly recommend it. Josh
     
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  8. joshb

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    Refresh!
     
  9. Iowa Fox

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    been watching this one from the beginning. Who is out there to duplicate a perfect stock once you have it.
     
  10. Papa Charlie

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    That is a beautiful stock. My compliments. If you are still offering the drawings, I sent you a PM.
     
  11. joshb

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    Thank you. They're fun to do, too. I'll get your stock pattern in tomorrow's mail. If you ever have any questions, feel free to ask here or PM me. Remember that I got that piece of Maple by digging thru the stack at Home Depot. There always seems to be one or two nice ones when I go.
     
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    I don't have an answer for that.
    Unless Gary talks me into buying a duplicator.:eek:
     
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    I sent out another pattern to a member, yesterday. I have more for those that want one. Just send me a PM. Josh
     
  14. Ggmac

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    The duplicator has its place ,but real talent like yours can not be made by a machine , even one that's human guided !
     
  15. joshb

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    Well, thanks Gary. Coming from you, I take that as a high compliment. It seems my "tricks" have worked. It's like making sausage. All the mistakes stay in my scrap pile, waiting to feed the wood stove.:cool: I never took a pic of my table saw after the blade caught my thumb, did I?:eek::eek::eek:
     
  16. Fast14riot

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    Get a Saw Stop, no more missing digits. We use them at work, great saws.
     
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  17. joshb

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    Thanks. I still have all my digits. The saw just chewed on the ends of a few!:confused::rolleyes::p
     
  18. Papa Charlie

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    Received the drawing today, Thank you very much for sending them. Haven't had a chance to go through them yet but looking forward to it.
     
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    I just got back from the exotic lumber store. I picked up some nice blank material. (Left to right) Honduran mohagany, Shedua, Sapele and Bubinga! This should last thru the winter. About 16 stocks in them.:)
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  20. tobnpr

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    I've got one...
    Not many of us dinosaurs around anymore!
    Can't compete with a 5 axis CNC.

    Beautiful work.
     
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