Re: Tips on building a stock from scratch
I found a really nice tree that partially uprooted about a year ago, and i cut it down with a handsaw and it split right down the middle (i was very unhappy) It was about 10-12 inches, and really hard wood. I could use the peice above where it split but there is a few big branches that come of it and it is only about 9 inches. I think the branch being in the rear of the stock might be a bad idea, but i have no idea. I am going hunting in the morning with a friend so i will have to look for another one. I really don't want to wait for one to season. I will have to find one and cut it down and buy a piece of wood to work on while i wait. My biggest thing is that everything has to be perfect, so i wanna make sure i am doing it the best i can and not have a tool slip and screw everything up.
I was thinking i would start with a 3x8or9x40 if i buy one it will just be a 2x8 but if i find a tree i like i wil go with a 3x9, cause i want an open stock not just a pistol grip and i want it to be strong and last forever. the hardest part would be getting the stock to fit the barrel. A bull barrel would be easy, but mine is plain. Do you have any suggestions on how to fit the barrel? I am thinking about using a saw or drill to get somewhat of the shape, then a dremel, then a file and finish it off with sandpaper. If it comes out really nice i would like to send the stock somewhere and get some duplicates and maybe get a design or something etched into it. I am open to any suggestions.
Thanks alot doug