Roughed out with a copy lathe using a router head. Then a range of
Microplanes (one of those "super Surforms") to shape it.
Bandsawn to a profile, then similar.
Drawknife, then spokeshave.
There are many other ways too.
Information wants to be free.
Data fancies being tied up and spanked by Troi.
You get a 1930's copy of "The Modern Gunsmith". Two volumes, one is
general gunsmithing, the other is everything you might ever want to
know about stocking.
(except that the shotgun fitting advice is a bit duff, if you're used
to English guns)
On Sat, 17 Jan 2004 05:07:44 -0500 (EST), email@example.com
Sounds cheap. They're a fairly common book to find, but they usually
go for a bit more than that, especially a pair.
Are yours signed ? It's one of those odd books where the unsigned
copies are the rarities.
Do whales have krillfiles ?
Slowly and carefully, by hand. There are a lot of specialized chisels,
scrapers and rasps just for stock inletting. It takes a ton of work to
do a good job. Someday I'll give it a try.
My Dad and I did a walnut stock for an old 218 Bee some 46 years ago when I
was about 14. We cut the blank out using a handsaw, a spokeshave for the
rough shaping, an assortment of wood rasps and lots of sandpaper and elbow
grease ... entirely done by hand, and still a beautiful stock, with carved
cheekpiece, to this day. IIRC, we may have got the thrust of the idea from a
Popular Mechanics article.
We took turns hunting with that rifle until I quit hunting about 20 years
ago. Every time I see it now I can almost hear the songs that were playing
on the radio in the barn shop at the time ...
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