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19 Nov 2014 16:43 - 19 Nov 2014 16:45 #1 by chewtah
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Im thinking about buying a piece of Aussie hardwood for a stock project, something to fiddle about with.

Iv seen red gum and it can be a bit loud, but bearable and silky oak is nice but I'm not sure how 'hard' it is, I was told today its not a hardwood.

Any suggestions here?

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19 Nov 2014 16:46 #2 by RoyaleR7
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I probably wouldn't recommend silky oak as it has soft sections in the grain.
Couple that come to mind are Blackwood and QLD Maple

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19 Nov 2014 16:47 #3 by moofy07
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I made a stock a few years ago out of Queensland Murtle. It looked good and stood up to a good knocking about. B)

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19 Nov 2014 17:03 #4 by Petanque
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In walnut don't the various grades make a difference to the charter (recoil) of the gun?

Would this be an issue?

Jarrah is hard & tough but heavy.

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19 Nov 2014 17:11 #5 by grevo
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I have seen a few made from sheoak before

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19 Nov 2014 17:25 #6 by Easty
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+1 for blackwood B)

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19 Nov 2014 18:05 #7 by Aushunter
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Petanque wrote: In walnut don't the various grades make a difference to the charter (recoil) of the gun?

Would this be an issue?

Jarrah is hard & tough but heavy.


I was going to say Jarrah as well ;)

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19 Nov 2014 18:26 #8 by several
several replied the topic: Australian hardwood for a stock?
If you're not concerned about weight, iron bark has a nice grain to it.
Or turpentine. :)

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19 Nov 2014 20:30 #9 by Tinker
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+1 for blackwood
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19 Nov 2014 21:31 #10 by primer
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I have 2 black woods that will be cut down as shadeing my solar panels.

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19 Nov 2014 21:37 #11 by Shooting Sports
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Queensland Maple is good. RED Cedar is also nice, but is hard to get.

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19 Nov 2014 21:51 #12 by Pilch303
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I have stocks made from blackwood and sheoak. Both are good stock materials. I had one made from wandoo. It looked nice to begin with and was nice to machine but it never stopped warping once finished(even though it was laminated and sealed) and also faded quite easily. I made a f-class stock from bluegum once....never again. It is stable enough when finished but was a devil to work with when shaping and was prone to tearing......no were as easy to work with as walnut. Hope this helps. :)

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19 Nov 2014 22:00 - 19 Nov 2014 22:04 #13 by sn@abrc
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Petanque wrote: Jarrah is hard & tough but heavy.


technically........jarrah is a softwood! (and conversely.........balsa is a hardwood!!) :blink:

timber being classified as being hard or soft is due to its cell structure - not how hard or soft it feels when you are smacked over the head with it!

(as explained to me during my wood-machining apprenticeship many years ago) :lol:

I have seen a few jarrah stocks - they all look damn good! (and yes - they were all rather hefty]


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09 Apr 2015 22:23 #14 by Beechy
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Im making a jarrah stock for a cz 452 at the moment, im expecting it to be heavy but ive been told its similar density to walnut so we will see

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09 Apr 2015 22:52 #15 by NoFerals
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A nice piece of dead for ever under the lower part of a red mallee will be ok.
Heavy` ish / tough as old boots / with along stringy grain / and won`t split with an axe.
Wont bend break or burn and won`t absorb moisture.
Your woodworking tools will suffer though
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