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    Custom Howa Stock

    Since I don't really care too much about the factory stock that came with my Howa 1500, I decided to make my own stock. The piece of walnut I used came from Chico, California. My uncle was attending Chico State and managed to get a whole downed black walnut tree. My grandfather milled it up, and built his kitchen cabinets from the lumber. My uncle has been toting a gunstock blank around ever since. This was back in 1972. I'll take you guys through the process of how I build a gunstock.

    Enjoy!

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    In this batch of pictures, I inletted the bottom plastic and started the shaping the for-end. I also fixed some termite holes.

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    Looking good.

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    I glass bedded the receiver, when I extracted the receiver from the stock I managed to break the side of the stock. So I fixed it. A little accraglass and some careful application of pressure fixed that problem!

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    Tons of sanding completed! Started at 220, then progressed to 320, 400, and finally 600 grit. Last couple pictures are the whiskering process to raise the grain and then sand it off. Did that step four times till the wood was smooth as glass.

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    Here is the start of the finish process. First picture is the plain 600 grit sanded buttstock. I'm using an Alkanet Oil product to lightly color enhance the walnut. Pictures from left to right are the first coat, second, third (horizontal is in the sun light) and Fifth. I somehow forgot to take a picture of the fourth coat.

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    Here is a picture of what the rifle is starting to look like. The next step will be sanding in the finish to fill the open pores. Then an old fashion London varnish will top it off. I'll post more pictures when I get to that stage.

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    That is the coolest thread I’ve read in a while, especially where the wood came from!

    Congratulations on a very well job done....

    You should go into business!

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    Very nice stock. You are an artist.

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    A craftsman's vision ending in the finished work of art.
    Nicely done!
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    Great looking stock with Family history, very cool

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    Work of art. Looking good.

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    I would have cried like a little girl when the stock broke. 45 year aged oak. Damn.

    Von Gruff would be interested in this thread.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sticks View Post
    I would have cried like a little girl when the stock broke. 45 year aged oak. Damn.

    Von Gruff would be interested in this thread.
    I was definitely a bit disappointed. But whenever I glass bed a rifle I more or less expect some blow out. Most of the time nothing happens, but sometimes things happen. I busted a bell and Carlson stock in half once, right in front of the recoil lug. That pissed me off.

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    You are a true craftsman - absolutely beautiful! Best guess, how many hours are in this?

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    Around 40 so far. Checkering will add in and additional 20 to 22 hours.

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    That is beautiful work.
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    I don’t know how I missed this thread until today.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Very nice!
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    Beautiful workmanship and you will be proud to pack the family tree!

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