Re: Tips on building a stock from scratch
I can't offer much information on stock making as I'd like to make a few myself. I'm waiting for a particular piece of wood. My mechanic doubles as a sawyer. He has one of those portable saw mills that's a real trick and he knows wood. He recommended that the log be dry/seasoned/cured before any cutting be done. Opposite of George Washington, my dad cut down the big apple tree (about 18-20" at the base). I've been waiting for 3 years. Charlie (mechanic) cut in half last month...still wet. He told me if he went any further, it would just crack all to $(!). Charlie has made a few very beautiful stocks and the dimensions are as follows:
A true 2" x 6" for stocks like say the Ithaca
A true 3" x 6" or even 8" for thumbhole
He aslo carved some nice pistol grips out of a 5" piece of Dogwood that fell several years back.