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What wood for customstock?

Discussion in 'Gun Gallery' started by stuckinthemud, Feb 7, 2014.

  1. stuckinthemud

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    Here's one for the custom-stock makers amongst us... I want to make, from scratch, a lefty stock for my HW77 - its got a right-hand stock that I've always shot left-handed. I know walnut is the wood of choice, but my budget don't stretch that far, so what are the alternatives? Oh, one more thing, I really dont like laminates, sorry.
     
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    Beech?
     
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    a nice piece of peltogyne might not be that cheap though
     
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    Walnut too dear ? Shop around and find an alternative supplier, I got myself an 8ft plank for a few stocks for a good price.
    You can get them from ebay for £65 per blank which includes postage.
    Take a look around for a local hardwood supplier and give them a ring to see if they have something you coukd use.

    Mark.
     
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    Yeh, my local supplier quoted £65 for a one-stock blank, don't know if that is expensive but it is outside my budget.
     
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    Put it this way mate, you can pay over £1000 for a decent blank of walnut so £65 is pretty damn cheap.

    It hasn't been used on gunstocks for over 150 years for nothing, the other woods apart for beech can be hard to work with and brittle.

    I would use the best walnut you can afford, if you cant afford it save up;):D
     
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    Walnut is undoubtedly the king of timbers, totally lovely to look at and to work with - I do use small pieces quite often as it is my favourite timber to work with by the length of a country mile, however, I also like cherry, and have a decent stock-pile of sapele and of mahogany and a large amount of yellow-pine and some ash too. I never plan on selling my 77 so I do not really mind what the timber is, equally using a cheaper timber as a practice run would save expensive mistakes if I ever made a walnut stock, therefore, I would like to find out what the alternatives are - why is beech the industry standard material? What about sycamore? It is very cheap, easy to work with and takes stains really well, is popular with green-wood bodgers for furniture making and treen - so is it good for stocks???
     

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