Help choosing wood and tools for air rifle stock
I'm new here and to woodwork and I really need some advice from some experienced members...
I am making a wood stock for my PCP air rifle and I am looking for some suggestions for a reasonably priced, reasonably attractive, easily available and fairly strong wood. PCP air rifles don't recoil like firearms so it doesn't need to be as strong as if it were for a powerful center-fire gun.
I also need it to be not too difficult to shape and cut. I started the project using some hard wood I can't identify (that used to be a large shelf in my living room)and it broke every cutting blade on my jigsaw and... instead of being cut by my angle grinder with a metal cutting wheel, it launch the wood, the vise it was in and the table it was clamped to, across the the room. It made my router jump too. I tried regular straight cut router bits and end mills designed for cutting metal. Both bounced off in a rather dangerous way. I not looking to repeat that wood choice (whatever it was).
I don't have great tools here. I am working with an average router (Rigid), angle grinder, dremel, drill press, metal files and a sander (the shelf wood broke my jigsaw beyond repair).
I have tried researching wood but every time I think I have found something with the right properties, I find it's too expensive, unavailable or just not available in the size I need. The number of wood choices is a bit overwhelming for a beginner like me...
Most wood stocks are made from walnut and maple but any slabs that are nice looking (and dry enough) are too expensive for something I will probably ruin (as it's my first attempt). I want to be able to use it if it works out but not cry if it doesn't...
Does anyone have any suggestions for a good beginner wood that might be available in slabs 2" -3" thick, 6" (or more) wide and a minimum of 20" long?
Also, please can someone point me in the right direction for choosing affordable tools to cut and shape thick wood? My current tools seem wrong for cutting shapes in 3" thick hard woods.
I am not new to carving and making stuff in general btw. I usually work with carbon fiber, fiberglass and other synthetic materials. I typically carve a master to work from out of urethane foam or epoxy putty etc. I assumed that carving and shaping wood would be a similar process but it isn't working the same way at all.
With my other materials, I cut the basic shape outline and do the rest of the shaping using simple metal files and sand paper. If there is a void, I sand it down until it's gone. With the wood I have been trying to work on, I just seem to make the voids or holes deeper when I try to sand them out. If I had this problem with something made from epoxy or plastic, I would wet-sand it but I need to keep the wood dry until it's sealed, don't I?what do you guys use to shape thick wood (eg 3" slabs) and remove surface holes, cracks and voids etc?
Any help would be greatly appreciated. I'll gladly return the favor if anyone is looking for advise on making things out of composites like carbon fiber...
Btw, what's with all the security protocols on this site? They seem a little excessive for a woodworking forum. Was there a spammer problem or something like that? I think there are less steps and rules for logging into my online bank account.