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OT: The Making of A Custom Stock Completed WOW!

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by train222, Jul 14, 2010.

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  1. train222

    train222 Well-Known Member

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    THE MAKING OF A CUSTOM STOCK!

    From Start to Finish

    Let me first preface this thread by stating that my first love has always been and always will be the World of the Shotgun Shooting Sports.

    Unfortunately medical conditions and the loss of the sight in my left eye has made me physically unable to compete any longer…

    Several years ago, when these medical problems first started, I looked for other ways, to continue my passion for shooting.

    Thus I entered the world of High Power Air Rifle Shooting…..

    Over the years I have acquired a very extensive collection of High Power, PCP (Pre Charged Pneumatic) Air Rifles that are manufactured all over the world.

    No longer doing any restorations’ to my own Shotguns (they have all been completed). I decided I wanted to have a custom FT Stock (Field/Target) made for one of my Air Rifles.

    The Rifle that I selected is my Swedish Made, FX Monsoon. It's a .22 caliber semi-automatic Air Rifle, with a synthetic thumb hole stock.

    <img src=http://imagehost.vendio.com/a/3385873/aview/Monsoon.gif>

    Step #1…Deciding Which Style Stock I Wanted:

    I searched the web to see if I could find any stock makers that specialized in Air Rifles. After several weeks of searching and comparing costs and styles I decided on Paul Bishop Custom Air Rifle Stocks to make my stock.

    Paul went way out of the norm to discuss all options available, what there functions where and what options would work for me. After we agreed on the style and options, it was now time to find a blank of wood for the project.

    Step #2…Wood Selection:


     
    Paul is a master wood craftsman who has spent the last 25 years creating and finishing Custom Guitars. He knows his woods and how to finish them as the pictures in this blog will attest to. Everyone of Paul's Stocks is A Free Form, Hand Carved Creation. No two of his custom stocks look the same. Paul does not keep a large inventory of blanks in stock. He prefers his customers purchase the blank they want and then send it to him.

    He gave me several different web sites to look at, that offer a wide selection of all different types of woods. I had several weeks to find a blank because Paul had a couple of projects ahead of mine. I was trying to keep the total cost of the project under $1,000. Which in today's day and age it is almost impossible to do so.

    I started to look at the web sites that offered stock blanks for sale. I could not believe how many different types of woods, variations and grades that where available. I know I wanted a type of wood with really nice grain and and color that would really POP when it was finished.

    Every time I found a blank that I liked, I would send a picture of it to Paul for his opinion. He would get back to me right away with the pros and cons of the blank. Unfortunately every blank that I liked pushed my project budget way over the top. I couldn't believe how much money some of these blanks cost.

    Then I ran across a thread on Trap Shooters.com that was all about Walnut Blanks for Shotguns and Rifles. This is when I found out about Mike Mann, owner of White Creek Gunstock Blanks...Mike came to the rescue. I had spoken to him on the phone and told him about my Air Rifle Project. The next day he sent me several pictures of different blanks that he had available that fit my requirements. All of them where some form of Walnut.

    He did mention in the email that he had a very nice Chocolate Myrtle Blank that would also fill the bill.Since I was not familiar with Chocolate Myrtle or any type of Myrtle wood, I asked Mike if he could send me some pictures of the blank.

    As soon as I saw the pictures of the blank, I knew this was the one for my project. I sent the pictures to Paul and he agreed 100%. I called Mike and we made the deal for the blank and he sent the blank direct to Paul. Here's the pictures that Mike sent me:

    <img src=http://imagehost.vendio.com/a/3385873/aview/100mrytle.jpg width="680" height="274">

    <img src=http://imagehost.vendio.com/a/3385873/aview/100mrytle-2.jpg width="678" height="275">

    <img src=http://imagehost.vendio.com/a/3385873/aview/100mrytle-4.jpg width="681" height="209">

    <img src=http://imagehost.vendio.com/a/3385873/aview/100mrytle-6.jpg width="679" height="231">

    Let the Work Begin!

    Paul and I had decided that the muzzle and the grip area of the stock was to have some nice contrasting wood to set off it's lines . I also wanted the stock to have a Pacmyer Pigeon Recoil pad. I didn't care for the Morgan type recoil pads that where being used by most of the Air Gun Stock makers. Paul emailed me the following photo showing the preliminary layout, several samples of the wood accents and the recoil pad. We selected the Marble Walnut for all of the accent pieces.


    <img src=http://imagehost.vendio.com/a/3385873/aview/layout1.JPG width="736" height="381">


    The next steps in the project was to cut the design out on the band saw. Making the cuts for the adjustable comb and adjustable forearm. Add the operating hardware for the comb and forearm and gluing up the accent pieces. The picture shows all of these details and now the stock is ready for the hand carving and shaping. The most artistic part of the project. It amazes how much the stock really takes shape going from one step to the next step. You really get a feel of what the finished project is going to look like.


     <img src=http://imagehost.vendio.com/a/3385873/aview/roughcut.jpg width="731" height="263">


    The following two pictures show the stock fully shaped and ready for the next step. The sanding stage. Paul told me he will spend the next four to five days, just sanding the stock to get it ready for the final finish. You can really see the the grain and the color of the Chocolate Myrtle.


    <img src=http://imagehost.vendio.com/a/3385873/aview/shaped1.JPG width="734" height="246">

    <img src=http://imagehost.vendio.com/a/3385873/aview/shaped2.JPG width="731" height="271">

    I was told by Paul, that Myrtle wood is an extremley hard wood. So, it takes longer for the sanding process to be completed. Now that all of the sanding has been complete, Paul sent this set of pictures showing the first coats of sealer applied to the stock. Once this stage is completed, than the final finishing begins. With only the sealer coat on you can really see the grain and color really PoP!


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    Paul just emailed me the pictures of the completed rifle..WOW!...This is way more than I expected. Absolutley FANTASTIC!..I am picking up the rifle on Saturday...Can't wait to see it in person...I will install the F/T Scope and add some pictures..


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    Thanks for looking...

    Stu Gabriel (MrGun)
     
  2. ljutic73

    ljutic73 Well-Known Member

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    That is a cool project and cudos for taking on such a task....working from a flat blank yourself is not for the faint of heart!
     
  3. kraiza

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    Doing this by hand. I'm impressed.
     
  4. stokinpls

    stokinpls Well-Known Member

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    Unbelievable. Can't imagine having that much drive and ambition (all of you). Wish I did. Good luck.
     
  5. racer

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    thanks for this posting- very interesting. Dan
     
  6. RunGunIPSC

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    I too love air guns. Thank you for posting this very unique gun project. Keep us posted. You wood choice is great.
     
  7. Mr.M

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    Stu,

    Thanks for the time and effort you expended doing the photography. This one turned out just as classy and unique as I thought it would. Very rare aberration of Myrtlewood to be so brown. These pictures will have a special place in my gallery when the website is complete. I appreciate you trusting my judgement since you hadn't worked with Myrtlewood before. The Walnut accent pieces are just the right touch. When you're ready to create the next one, let me know. We'll search through over 100 ready-to-work Myrtlewood rifle blanks and I'll supply the Ebony for the contrasting accent pieces.

    Again, thanks for the pictures. Mike Mann White Creek Gunstock Blanks LLC
    Your Myrtlewood Source
     
  8. train222

    train222 Well-Known Member

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    Mike,

    I just picked up the finished rifle. It looks way better than even in the photo's. The mytrle wood is totaly amazing. I am in the process of mounting the FT scope. I will take some photo's with the scope on it and send them to you.

    Thanks again,

    Stu

    PS....I will call you in a couple of weeks to talk to you about another blank for my next project....
     
  9. train222

    train222 Well-Known Member

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    Hello all,

    Picked the rifle up over the weekend. Really looks much better in person. I mounted the FT Scope and shes's ready for action. Heres some new photos with the scope mounted...

    Thanks for looking,

    Stu Gabriel (MrGun)



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  10. xringjim

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    I wish more people posted here showing off they're skills. Jim
     
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