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New job is finally easing up. I have time and energy at the end of the day. I picked up a beat up 670 rifle at one of the local pawns a while ago. I started working on it last week. I will start adding pics shortly. Project goals are to make my own pillars and bed the action. Rework the stock by adding walnut and ebony spacers. Reconture the stock. Maybe some carving. Don't know about that yet. I am not very good at relief carving. I am also replacing the plastic butt plate with a shoulder friendly recoil pad. Then comes the sight work, trigger work and metal finish work.
 
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I had one in 243 years ago - it shot damn good. Ordered a classic stock with cheek piece from Bishop for it. Really dressed it up. Look forward to seeing what you do to yours.
 
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Pics as promised:

Well here she be. It was missing the sight hood and rear sight. I believe it had a fixed 4x scope on it when I picked it up.

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It is functional, just needs a little TLC.

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I use aluminum round stock and chuck it up in my HF mini lathe. I am not a machinist by any stretch of the imagination. But I can make some decent pillars and even a custom trigger guard pillar for the screw just behind the mag well.

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I did get a chip up when I removed the stock metal grommet. I glued it down. Stock is going to be completely sanded down and refinished so in the end you should be able to tell.

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Another view of the front action pillar after bedding. I only bedded the pillars so far.

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This is the custom pillar I machined for the trigger guard.

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So after I got the pillars machined and installed I set about making changes to stock itself. I have some ebony and walnut so I set about making spacers and blocks suitable for end cap and grip cap.

I have been working on these for the past couple of nights and have them epoxied on and roughed in.

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Prepped the grip cap area.

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Grip cap block and ebony spacer

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forearm cap and ebony spacer

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Epoxy time! Messy process. I always take sawdust and mix it in with clear epoxy to match the wood I am affixing. It hides not so perfect mating surfaces from time to time.

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and the forearm cap.

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After letting the epoxy cure for 24 hours I began the shaping work using a mix of belt sander, dremel sanding, wood rasps, and block sanding. Lots and lots of block sanding....

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oh yeah and a drill to help excavate wood from forearm barrel channel, Then rasp, Then some sand paper wrapped around a socket of the roughly the same size as the barrel.

Next rough shaping the walnut blocks.

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More shaping

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different views

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and I started blending and thinning out the stock. The factory stock is solid. But not refined. It still needs a lot of reshaping. I am going to have figure out what I am going to do with the aweful pressed checkering. Still debating on carving a basket weave with some oak leaves. I have drawn up some designs, but a little hesitant as I am not that good at carving.

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I ordered a threading die to make bedding screws so I can glass bed the action and first inch or so of the barrel. I am also ordering a brown grind to fit recoil pad with a black spacer. I have also started to rework the cheek rest and added a shadow line.
 

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Very nice work!
 
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(y) Very nice work!
 
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Worked some more on the stock. I also spent some time practicing carving some simple oak leaves and basket weave patterns on some scrap wood. I think I have figured out some techniques that will help me pull this off.

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A close up with a little bit Minwax tung oil just to see glimpse of what the finish will look like,

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One more pic.

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I got in a good day working on this project. The Hogue EZG recoil pad shoed up today. So I set about getting the shaped and installed. I also have one initial coat of minwax ont the stock. I do this to look for the spots that need further work. I also do an initial coat to help with drawing the carving pattern on the stock. After some more sanding and cleaning up dings and scratches I will do a 120 grit sanding with minwax and start to fill in the pores and seal up the stock.

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the other side.

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some close ups

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Carving pattern idea I drew up last night.

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My practice piece.

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I've worked on a lot of stocks through the years, from military to kit guns. I've never done anything like that. At first, I was wondering about the blond stock, but I like it! The cap, tip and recoil pad really set it off. As for the basket weave, I'm not worthy!
 

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Progress update.

My threading die came in and I set about making bedding screws. I had some old steel 1/4 inch roll stock laying aroun. So I chucked it up in the lathe and set to work.

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So next free weekend I have I will bed the action. Once the bedding is done then I will start carving the basketweave.
I have been practicing and working on the actual design elements.

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I purchased some new chisels and gouges. I also spent tonight sharpening my old chisels and gouges. I still may need to make some custom tools to do this job and hopefully do it justice. I even broke out my home brewed checkering cradle.

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Hey bucksnort, Glad to see you are playing with gun projects ! For quite a while I didn’t see you post anything and wondered what you were up to.
You have always had great skills with the stock work, I remember what you did with the old Styer 95 in 445 SM and thought it was great !
I still have a bunch of gun projects waiting for me to get back to and finish them up. My problem is I keep buying more guns that just need a little work and don’t get back to the older projects that need complete rebarreling and parts made to finish them.
say Hi to your wife and boys for me !

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Thanks Jedman. Hope all is going well with you. Changed jobs 2 years ago and it has been nothing but work. I know what you mean with projects. I am better at project starting than project finishing. That is why I down sized my project list and I am trying to get this one across the finish line before I move onto another one.
 
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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.
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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.

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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.

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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.



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And a close up of my mistake so I remember to complete the prior step before moving on...

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It should clean up and hopefully not be noticeable.
 

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Ready or not here we go with basket weave. I have spent hours practicing on a piece of scrap cherry. I believe the stock is a softer wood. All I can say is I will have to take my time and work a little at a time to fight off fatigue. It is tedious. I am now drawing in the final designs and will begin the actual carving. I opted to draw in the designs since I am hiding pressed in checkering. Pre-drawing designs on trace paper and then carbon tracing them on would have been easier, but nearly impossible to line up with the old pressed lines that are still there. Plus I can tune the lines tto follow the curves better when I free hand draw them in. I hope to be done carving by the end of March. The drawing alone in the pics took about 2 hours this evening. I have not even started the other side.
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fore arm basket weave drawn in. The dots mark where I will drill out the wood. Then use a chisel to square and excavate.

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Still drawing in the grip area.

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Not sure if the Big leaf and then small leaf will look right once it's done. That may change depending on how it actually looks once its drawn in.
 
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