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28 Oct 2014 22:01 #1 by Bruce
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2nd post here :woohoo:

Recently I made a DIY drop point hunter, I enjoyed getting back into the shed and doing something productive. So I decided to find another project that would keep me out in the shed a little longer this time. I'm having a crack at a DIY stock for my Silhouette shooting Savage .22. With the target scope's 50mm Obj lens, I need a stock with a higher cheek piece and that's a good enough justification for me   :evil:

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Thanks for looking :)
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28 Oct 2014 22:02 #2 by Bruce
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Using Pale boiled linseed instead of raw linseed and will be really interested if the finished product is much paler because of it   :unsure:

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finished shaping and sanded to 400

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First coat of oil on.
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28 Oct 2014 22:03 #3 by Send-it
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looking forward to seeing the end result Bruce.
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28 Oct 2014 22:04 #4 by Bruce
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The pachmayr butt plate/pad has been fitted and polished, a few more coats of oil wet sanded in and the forend checkering laid out and started. The checkering you can see still needs to have the final finishing done which i'll do once I finish laying out the grip checkering.

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Still have to do the inletting for the trigger guard and bottom metal now that I've sourced one. Then the bedding before finishing off with another bunch of coats of oil.

Thanks for reading :cheer:
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28 Oct 2014 22:14 #5 by S12A
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you have some skills Bruce, this looks great

surely some background in stock making or at least woodwork?
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28 Oct 2014 22:16 #6 by sigsako
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Top job Bruce, looks great ;)

Cheers.....
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28 Oct 2014 22:22 #7 by NoFerals
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Noice : just what I needed for some ideas of outlining and so forth.
Gets my vote ;) .
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28 Oct 2014 22:30 #8 by Bruce
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Thanks for the kind comments lads ;)

S12A wrote: snip
surely some background in stock making or at least woodwork?


Thanks mate, Not stock working, but i've been making furniture and cricket bats and oil finishing stuff with basic hand tools since I was younger than I can remember. Summers spent in the shed with Dad with the cricket on the radio were good times ;) All that was bound to lead to stock making at some point right?
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28 Oct 2014 22:43 - 28 Oct 2014 22:45 #9 by BrianLara400*
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Hi Bruce, Congratulations on your stock - the whole thing has come up very nicely indeed.
Just wondering, how serious did you get with your cricket bat making?
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28 Oct 2014 22:48 - 28 Oct 2014 22:50 #10 by Bruce
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Cheers mate. Was pretty serious about it, as in it was a 'part time' job that should have been full time and had a few first class players using my bats (restickered) for a time. Wish I had the chance to do it again tbh.
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28 Oct 2014 23:30 #11 by SmoothOperator_87
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Fantastic great to see the old art being practiced!!

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28 Oct 2014 23:31 - 28 Oct 2014 23:33 #12 by BrianLara400*
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Bruce wrote: Cheers mate. Was pretty serious about it, as in it was a 'part time' job that should have been full time and had a few first class players using my bats (restickered) for a time. Wish I had the chance to do it again tbh.


That's really terrific Bruce, now I'll sincerely apologise for the hijack in advance - but I never miss the opportunity to track down another bat maker ;) .

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I was pretty serious about it a while back (never got to part time job though), and similarly had rep players (and amongst a current Australian opener) use them - but alas, these days my welding trade pays the bills, and simply don't get the chance to do too many bats any more (but it is great to get back to it now and again.)

Sorry again for taking your thread off on a tangent - just say the word and I'll delete my post

Great work on the stock, are you going to chequer the grip/wrist of the stock?
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29 Oct 2014 00:09 - 29 Oct 2014 00:16 #13 by Bruce
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Mate, If your gonna post Clefts like that then Hijack away..... That is fantastic! Modern shape, thick edges, concave back, oval handle base, great grain! But you hid your splice ;) lol. Nice work mate!

Legit hand crafted, or machinery assisted hand crafted? I started out with just the draw knife, low profile shaves and other hand tools till the time pressures of the orders quantities started adding up. Before I knew it I had bandsaws and table saws to speed up the process and a roller press that seemed to want to crush my hand at any given opportunity. You had to watch out around that bad girl.

Don't run into too many bat makers these days. Did you get to the point of importing your own clefts and get stuck? I got to that point after my importer/supplier (major manufacturer) blackwalled me unless I came to work for them full time. Mrs wasn't having a bar of that Cause that would have meant relocating and I didn't have the capital to drop on importing the quantities I needed. If I had the chance now I'd find investors somewhere.... I'll have a dig around for some photo's of mine to share with you!

Ahhh. Reminiscing and hindsight hey.
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29 Oct 2014 09:04 #14 by moofy07
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Beautiful work there Bruce, B) I have made a couple of stocks, BUT they did not look THAT GOOD. :silly:

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29 Oct 2014 22:58 #15 by Bruce
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DId a bit more work this afternoon.

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modifying a Krico .22 bottom metal/trigger guard to suit savage mkII

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Inletting the correct old school way :ohmy:

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Now I need to sort out some new action screws that will suit the new style. Rather than the crappy look of the standard savage arrangement.

Thanks for looking :cheer:
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30 Oct 2014 07:18 #16 by Send-it
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good wood-to-metal fit there Bruce. :)

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30 Oct 2014 08:09 #17 by The Hydra
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Holy dooly, that is beautiful work and is looking a treat!

Very inspiring, stock making is something I dream of being able to do one day. I know it's a matter of practice, and I feel like I should just force myself to make my first crack at it one day, but I'm scared of of doing all that really intricate inletting, shaping and chequering work only to realise I've of made a botch-job of it :ohmy:

Out of curiosity, where did you get your timber blank from? Is it a Boyds blank?

Self-admitted armchair expert.

Or rather, I spend way too much time googling and researching shooting related topics, and not enough time shooting.
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30 Oct 2014 11:51 #18 by Bruce
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Cheers guys :)

Nah, not a Boyd's blank. It's scratch build from a slab of seasoned walnut. A localbloke here owns a mill that supplies most of the walnut in Aus. Was lucky to stumble across it.

You should just have a crack at it. Use a cheaper timber and take your time. It'll be all good :)

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30 Oct 2014 12:18 #19 by mal0310
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VERY impressive craftmanship Bruce! :)

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12 Nov 2014 21:52 #20 by 2/14lhr
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I am thoroughly impressed and inspired Bruce! What tools would I need to have a crack at this myself? my budget is restricted but if I can produce something even remotely nice as that for my mark II fv-sr I am happy to purchase a few things. ;)

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