Busy, busy, busy. About three years ago my Dad and I cut up some black cherry that had come down in a storm. I had him set aside about a 5' straight as I could get about 20 inch diameter section. We rough cut two nice raw blanks out of it yesterday. It took everything that 20 inch Stihl Farmboss had to get through that cherry. My dad is OCD when it comes to his chain saws and keeping them sharp. He could not believe how difficult it was to post and split that piece of lumber. Anyway I hope to get 2-4 nice rifle size stocks out of that piece. Cherry makes for a nice stock, but it is hard on tools.
Anyway back to the 670. I decided bed the action. I am becoming more proficient with my carving skills so I am just about ready to start that phase. Bedding is messy so getting this out of the is probably a good idea before carving.
The good: I got a nice clean impression of lug are which is the most important to me in my mind.
I used JB weld mixed with black high gloss enamal model paint. It looks a dark gray, but when sealed with a clear coat takes on a black glossy look which goes with the black ebony accents. It is not perfect, but it will do. Oh and the bedding screws worked perfectly.
the tang area
I use a dremel with various shaped diamond, stone and drum sanding bits to clean up the inevtiable flow out. I did not dam any area on this project. I might go ahead and bed the whole action. No not sure yed.
Now the Bad. While I was seating the action in the stock during the bedding process i was tightening the screws down to seat firmly on the pillars. I heard a loud pop. I honestly did not know what or where it had come from so I happily carried on with the bedding job at hand. It was not until I strated removing masking tape that I notices a gap between the fore end cap and ebony spacer. Apparently I had forgotten to work the barrel channel down to let the barrel free float. Stupid mistake. But what ya gonna do? Luckily it was a clean break at the epoxy joint. So I rough it up carefully with some block sanding. Dremeled up some more ebony wood sawdust and went to work.
And a close up of my mistake so I remember to complete the prior step before moving on...
It should clean up and hopefully not be noticeable.