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Al_Messer
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New stock

Post by Al_Messer » Sat May 07, 2011 5:47 pm

Current project is a stock from a Wild Cherry tree that grew in my backyard 28 years ago. A couple of knots that were invisible from the exterior have shown themselves, one right above the top of the buttplate, the other on the Right side. I guess that it is a branch that died in infancy and runs diagonally through the stock. I will fill them as I sure don't have 28 years left to dry out a new blank!! Lots of work still to be done and then sanding, sanding, sanding and applying the finish.
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Re: New stock

Post by alphawolf45 » Sat May 07, 2011 6:28 pm

How does that feel to rasp as compared to walnut? ... I have wild cherry trees in my yard. I cut down and burned a big cherry tree ten years ago, maybe I should have saved a piece of it...'cept the center of the wood is dark and the wide outer band of sapwood is much lighter color...I am thinking you would really need to know what youre doing to end up with a decent blank worth turning into a gunstock.....Hence I rather just watch you build a purty cherry wood stock, dont think I will ever try it myself.

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Re: New stock

Post by Al_Messer » Sat May 07, 2011 8:21 pm

Wild Cherry works about the same as Black Walnut, perhaps is a bit harder. I was furtunate that the tree we cut was 34 inches in diameter at the butt---lots of good solid heartwood. The light colored wood you see will turn dark red in a week or so.
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Re: New stock

Post by Abner Picklewhite » Sat May 14, 2011 1:19 pm

Neat looking project Al. Good on ya. Say, what type of Mauser is that? Looks like a Swedish safety but the cocking piece doesn't ring any bells.

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Re: New stock

Post by Al_Messer » Sat May 14, 2011 2:11 pm

It is a 96 Swedish Mauser that I have done some alterations on the firing pin in order to lighten it up a bit. The hinged floorplate is also some of my work, as well as the "Butterknife" handle.
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Re: New stock

Post by Abner Picklewhite » Sat May 14, 2011 2:17 pm

Aha, that explains it. That was one whopping tree from the sounds of it. The only cherry we get wild up here would be a chokecherry and you would be lucky to get a ramrod out of one of those.

Keep us posted with pics will you?

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