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HFT Stock Virgin!

Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by Mcdemon, May 30, 2015.

  1. Mcdemon

    Mcdemon Engaging Member

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    Following on from my thread for the best place to buy some timber for my first attempt at my own custom gunstock I thought I would do a step by step to provide entertainment for fellow forum members!

    I managed to source a nice piece of American Black Walnut from eBay for the right price and the colour I was looking for.

    After toying with making my own stock for several years my mate Nick2 provided the inspiration to do something about it after he had a HFT Stock made by Geordie recently.He had it made for his BSA Hornet and it comes to the shoulder perfectly so the design sketched out below is a hybrid of his outline and the stock on my AA HFT500.
    The stock will be for my S400 Classic and although I shoot thumb up it will be thumb hole friendly too and also to provide a little more strength in that area. The pistol grip position and angle replicate the HFT500 as it suits me but will have a deeper fore end foregoing the need for a hamster

    First job will be the in letting of the action, gauge and trigger. I will be cutting the raising cheek piece before shaping in order to ensure everything lines up nicely whilst the timber is square.

    Please me patient as I am always pretty busy with other things and this may take some time!
    I would appreciate comments and advice from others as I go along as although there is probably enough spare on this blank for another one I only want to do it once!
    I will update this thread periodically as work progresses.

  2. chevin

    chevin Keyboard Hero

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    Love the shade and the grain, gonna be nice when finished, atb.
  3. Treecreeper

    Treecreeper Based

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    I'm scratching an itch to make my own stock, so am looking forward to your thread. Best of luck with it.

    As you've asked for any advice, my tips would be : Leave the blank as it is for at least a couple of weeks. Store it in the house, away from radiators etc. because you won't know what the moisture content is. If the blank has been stored somewhere where it could have got a bit damp & you cut the shape out now, you run the risk of the timber splitting or cupping as it dries out.

    Keep an eye on the swirly grain near the cheek-piece, it looks like there might have been a knot to the left of this & this area could be a bit unstable. If those swirls start lifting slightly, you might want to put the fore-end above this area & scrap the swirls. I could be wrong, but the bottom of your blank, where it's paler, looks like it could be sapwood. Don't use that bit for another stock, it can cause all sorts of problems.

    These are just tips & it's perfectly possible that your blank is dry enough to work on now & the swirly parts of the grain might not cause any problems at all. Best of luck :up:
  4. chrisbaker42

    chrisbaker42 Busy Member

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    Make sure you do all of the inletting before you start shaping the stock or you will have major problems getting it perfectly square.
    Last edited: May 31, 2015
  5. Sameagle

    Sameagle Donator

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    You just be careful what you're doing with that Walnut, it doesn't grow on tree's you know!

    (I know, I'll get me coat!)

  6. Tadpole

    Tadpole Super Moderator Staff Member Mod/Admin

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    Good luck with this, plenty of inspiration on the forum for sure & I'm sure the guys will be the first to offer help should you need it .. ;)

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