Tips on building a stock from scratch
I have a Marlin .22 mag bolt action, it has a normal stock I have not been able to find any aftermarket stocks. I have a skeleton stock on my saiga .223. I would like to make the skeleton stock on my marlin. I would also like the pistolgrip on it to have a thumb indent and a sniperbase on the bottom, a raised cheekpeice, maybe even a third leg on the rear on the stock for target shooting. Also thinking maybe a beavertail attached to a bipod, but i want to keep the front light. With my scope and accessories on it now it is front-heavy. My dad also just received a hammerless double barrel ithica made i think in 1892. It has a cracked rear stock, It has been passed down the family.
I am just wondering if anyone has any ideas or experience doing anytype of stockwork. As in the type of wood to use, he is planning on using walnut on the ithica, which won't be that much work it is 2 rather small easy pieces. On my marlin stock i am almost thinking walnut also. But I was thinking it would be nice making it out of a log. I am not sure what kind of tree to use, if it should be a recently fallen down tree or a tree that fall down about a year ago and is already seasoned. What does everyone think would be better. If i used a tree that recently fell down would i have to let it sit or could i just start cutting it? It is going to be done with a saw, drill, dremel, hand tools, files, chisels and a whole lot of sandpaper. I know this is going to be a ridiculous amount of work, but in the end it will be worth it. If i am going to take that much time on building a stock i figured i might as well have all the lil extras on it.
I already have all the drawing i just need help deciding on the wood to use and figure out some measurements. I would like it to be very durable but not extremely heavy. When I start customizing it i may have to take a few pictures. When i start it i will let everyone know how it is coming along and i may need a few ideas to help me out. The first step is to figure out what wood would be best, let me know what ya'all think. I greatly appretiate your help, and thank you in advance.