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Common wood

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by James.c, Aug 15, 2010.

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  1. James.c

    James.c Member

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    Hey i was just looking at some blanks and was thinking about going out to my freinds farm and possibly cutting one out. I was wondering what kinds of common wood would possibly have nice grain. also whats involved with drying wood. thanks

    James.C
     
  2. phirel

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    James- Walnut is my favorite wood. Blanks cut from a large crotch should, but not always, have nice figure. I like blanks cut from trees that grew very slow (dry environment). The wood is denser.

    Drying is a long process. The ends of the logs should be coated with something (heavy paint, wax etc.) for about 1 year before the blanks are cut. The end of the blanks should then be coated with heavy varnish and stored for a couple of more years. I do not like to store them in a very hot/dry place like an attic. The wood should be dried very slow and never stood on its end. It is much easier to buy a dried blank than to cut a tree and make a blank.

    It is very sad to spend several years nursing a blank and then cutting into the blank and discover the inside of the wood is not good enough for a custom stock.

    Pat Ireland
     
  3. James.c

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    would a basement be a goodplace to dry the blank?
     
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