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post #1 of 9 Old 12-19-2017, 08:37 AM Thread Starter
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I am new and I would like to get into making my own gun stocks checkering, inlays, etc. I have the tools and a gun stock pistol blank. What I looking is a cheap rifle blank so I could practice on. Do you have any recommendations or suggestion?

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post #2 of 9 Old 12-19-2017, 09:51 AM
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Welcome to the forum, Colin! Not sure on the rifle blank, maybe a gun shop? They may have something lying around, an old 'not worth fixing' sort of piece. Post some photos of your work when you get a chance, I'm sure you do nice work.

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gunstock blanks

Gunsmithing suppliers like Brownells have gunstock blanks, but they are from some very beautiful/pricey woods and will cost from $200.00 to over $400.00 each

Ebay also has blanks and more reasonable prices:
https://www.ebay.com/itm/1970s-Rifle...8AAOSwBwBZjkMi

What you want to practice on would come from a sawmill 48" long X 8" wide by 3-4" thick. You can use Walnut, Maple or other hardwood. You can also laminate several thinner pieces for form a thick piece. You will need a bandsaw to cut the outer shape and a bunch of carving chisels and sanders to get it to the point where you can practice your checkering. For practice only just use scraps of Walnut for you checkering. You will also need a woodworking vice that can hold the wood at different angles. Parrot make a swivel vice available on Ebay around $70.00 or so.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Shop-Fox-D3...rd!48370!US!-1

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Ha! My mistake, Colin. I was thinking 'barrel' when you said rifle blank, not stock for wood. Yes, do what @woodnthings suggested.

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Woodcraft has a special vise (not vice) for carving and stock work- #142768 @ $134.99. Brownell's is probably the best place for gunsmithing tools and supplies. I have one of their checkering sets. For checkering, the harder the wood, the easier it is to checker but harder for actual carving. BTW, Woodcraft has an extensive line of quality carving tools.

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I have carved a half dozen long gun stocks and a couple pistol stocks from planks purchased from saw mills. They were for muzzle loaders and checkering etc, was not even intended. Most of what i used was maple and one pistol stock was walnut. Modern action designs require more exactness in inletting. However, if you are able to make a decent grip, target shooters will line up at your door. I have always preferred more exotic grips. I had one of these until my house burned down:

http://casualshooter.blogspot.com/20...ee-pistol.html
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once you learn checkering...

Try some carved stocks like these:
https://images.search.yahoo.com/sear...hs-mozilla-001





That Russian pistol is cool!

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try looking on the Goby Walnut website (Portland Oregon); they have plenty of blank rifle stocks in different wood species, including figured wood, that you can form and finish the way you want.
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try looking on the Goby Walnut website (Portland Oregon); they have plenty of blank rifle stocks in different wood species, including figured wood, that you can form and finish the way you want.
Hey shout out to Goby Walnut! I almost took a job there. Nice place.

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