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Offline kwells2006

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pistol grip and stock blanks
« on: January 06, 2010, 02:32:33 pm »
well, I've got some walnut trees im about to slay and cut into blanks. does anyone do their own grips/stocks anymore? whats a good price for a pistol grip blank and a stock blank?
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pistol grip and stock blanks
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Re: pistol grip and stock blanks
« Reply #1 on: January 06, 2010, 04:54:44 pm »
I recently started making pistol grips. I can't really help on a price for walnut though. I bought a 12 inch piece of ebony and it was 24 bucks.
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Re: pistol grip and stock blanks
« Reply #2 on: January 06, 2010, 05:40:44 pm »
what im thinking is knot wood or burl wood might make nice grips
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Re: pistol grip and stock blanks
« Reply #3 on: January 07, 2010, 06:54:28 am »
A nice piece of walnut burl would look good.

I have a store by me that sells exotic species, I'll give them a call and see what they want for a 3x12 peice of walnut or if they have burl.
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Re: pistol grip and stock blanks
« Reply #4 on: January 07, 2010, 06:56:21 am »
Here's a link if you want to look.

http://www.owlhardwood.com/
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Re: pistol grip and stock blanks
« Reply #5 on: January 08, 2010, 06:21:01 am »
kwells,  If you cut up your walnut you need to kiln dry it, wax the ends, or let it dry for several years.  You can build a drying box .  I'm certain you can find drying box build directions via Google.  deckh ???

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Re: pistol grip and stock blanks
« Reply #6 on: January 08, 2010, 06:18:01 pm »
Air died walnut will take about 7 to 10 years to dry completely, depending on thickness, if kept inside of a building.
If you can get it up next to a metal roof it will be ready to use in about 3 years.
I have some that I cut off the farm about 8 years ago rough cut for stocks.
Most of these were taken from the stump end and show lots of crouch and waves.
I have both long wood and some two piece blanks.
Just can't decide what guns to put them on.
One of my old Win 94s, my 1886 Highwall, heck might even do a custom BC.
The long wood I am saving for a special project.
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Re: pistol grip and stock blanks
« Reply #7 on: January 09, 2010, 01:39:34 pm »
Kwells;
     Take a look in www.oldtreegunblanks.com ..... You'll get an idea of what a good blank looks like and what they bring and also the most important part....... The layout. Been tinkering around with stocks for quite a while.... far from being any kind of athourity or expert.... Hell, not even close, but can tell you that the grain flow and layout is way more important than the figure.  Walnut blanks are like anything else..... You gets what you pays for.
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Re: pistol grip and stock blanks
« Reply #8 on: January 09, 2010, 02:27:01 pm »
Just one guy's opinion, but here's what a rifle blank ought to look like... wish I could afford this one.

  The layout up through the pistol grip is awsome.... Get a barrelled action into this blank and it will look like it grew that way.
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Re: pistol grip and stock blanks
« Reply #9 on: January 09, 2010, 02:27:25 pm »
If you do not properly dry it you will ruin it and it will have little to no value. Leave in it rather large slabs while drying.


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Re: pistol grip and stock blanks
« Reply #10 on: January 09, 2010, 08:14:03 pm »
If you do not properly dry it you will ruin it and it will have little to no value. Leave in it rather large slabs while drying.

Air drying will not dry it completely, wood needs to be kiln dried to collapse the pores so it doesn't soak up moisture like a sponge. Air dried wood is nowhere near stable enough for a gunstock.

 

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