Re: Tips on building a stock from scratch
If you want to make a stock from scratch, you might want to start with a piece of 4" Wide x 8" Deep x 34" long fir or hemlock to practice on. Nothing will piss you off more than spend a lot of money or time to get a real nice piece of wood only to screw it up. Practice on a cheap piece of lumber and then when you feel comfortable enough with what you want to build, then use the good stuff. Fir and hemlock is a lot softer wood and easier to shape than a hardwood. If you're going to make a mistake, make it on the cheap wood.
Catch you later,
The Big Dog