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Here We Go Again - Homemade Custom Stock

Discussion in 'Technical' started by Phil S410F, Nov 12, 2019.

  1. Phil S410F

    Phil S410F Busy Member

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    Following on from the @Halinfax thread
    Laminate (and Other Stocks) For Dummies....

    I am taking the plunge (yes a router will be involved) and making another S4x0 stock to add to the custom one I have already made.

    As many will know the first is a very target orientated stock but this one is going to be different.
    My plan is for a more general purpose stock (although it will have a flat underside on the forend and rail fitted) I am currently thinking about a thumbhole style with adjustable cheekpiece and a stained/dyed Shou Sugi Ban finish inspired by the Gibson les paul guitars.

    This is how far I've got so far.......
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    Now comes the fun......
     
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    Looking forward to this :thumb:

    Ray
     
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    Blue BSA Posting Addict

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    I am waiting for somebody to 3D print one. :)
     
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    I know a man who could but i'm not a fan of plastic stocks.
     
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    Wickes ply.

    Like to see it when it's done.
    ;)
     
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    what timber is it???
     
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    @Nubble has hit it on the head. It is indeed a half sheet of 18mm Wickes hardwood ply. 3 layers will give me 54mm to play with:eek:
     
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    Halinfax Full time tinkerer....

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    Heyup Phil.... EVERY good project starts with a blank canvas.... and yours is Wickes ply....

    Looking forward to how it progresses...:thumb:
     
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    Thanks @Halinfax hoping I can do as well as you did (we need a fingers crossed emoji or am I being thick and just can't find it).
     
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    Wofty 'This is the way'

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    I don't know if the thumbhole is just for aesthetics but for a target orientated stock I don't think you can go far wrong with the profile of the old FWB's, Anschutz's and Diana's. It's a format that works.
    Much easier to fit both an adjustable cheek and buttpad. Also easier for a near vertical grip and thumb up shelf.
    I think thumbholes with a vertical grip always look a little wrong.

    Anyway I love watching the stock build threads so will be watching and learning with interest.

    P.s I'd be tempted to pre dye your ply in a few select colours. It's surprising how much dye you can get in bare ply.
    And if you decide to bond with epoxy resin that takes dye nicely too. You could get some interesting colours going
     
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    This one is going to be multipurpose. It will have a slightly steeper grip than a standard air arms as I find them a little too stretched out. It is going on a gun that gets used partly at the range (normally by the boys as I have a dedicated S400 in a made by me target stock) but also plinking and when time and permissions allow on feathery and furry things.
     
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    I plan once the blank is together using some offcuts to dye/stain and burn in different orders to see what gives the best effect.
     
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    Me too mate:up:
     
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    Halinfax Full time tinkerer....

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    Phil... Experimentation is the food of ingenuity.....

    I was considering staining each piece of laminate a different colour (woody colours of course) and then gluing up...

    However, I REALLY fancied the burning effect..... I am glad I stuck to my guns.. (haha theres an original pun...)
     
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    Progress update... well there wasn't much before so here goes.

    Board marked up for cutting

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    And cut.....

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    1st layer of ye bog standard white woodglue....

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    Didn't take a picture of the 2nd side glued as lets be honest a bit of ply slathered with wood glue looks much the same as the next.

    Then stacked it and clamped it (somewhere I have misplaced 2 clamps so 4 with a couple of laminate boards to spread the force were used).

    Pic 5.jpg

    Now to be patient and let it go off. The bottle says clamp for 1-2 hrs ........ so overnight (possibly till tomorrow afternoon) it is then.....
     
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    Yes, there is no sense rushing these things as they are easily messed, proper jobs take proper time and care, it's not a race :thumb:
     
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    I'm interested Phil, just put it in watch.
     
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    I would give it at least 24 hours tbh Phil.

    I tend to leave mine for days rather than hours.
    :thumb:
     
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    I was as patient as I could be. The clamps are off after 21 hours and its now one big lump of plywood waiting for the artists pencil.

    Pic 6.jpg
     
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    Looking like............................................at mo Phil:D, keep us updated:thumb:
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