Wed, Aug 29, 2007, 4:15am (EDT-3) email@example.com (jdarylh1) doth
<snip> I want to get there as fast and easily as possible. That's why I
have nail guns, cordless drills and power saws. <snip>
I can probably make one without a duplicator, but after making a test
version out of pine, I started thinking that there had to be a faster,
easier way. My clay model is really precise in terms of fit, and to
exactly (or close) duplicate that in wood has been a slow, tedious
process. The pine grip wasn't all that successful, but it was my first.
The next one will be better but I'm looking for a better way to transfer
the dimensions and rough it in other than trace, measure, get the
Yeah, I've got power tools, but sometimes it's more relaxing to
just do something by hand.
Well, you could make a pair of grips like I did, with wood filler,
and mold it. I used saran wrap around the revolver grip area, packed on
filler, set some saran wrap on that, then fit my hand on it, and
squeezed. When it dried, sanded it, tried it, added filler, repeat.
Took a couple or three days to finish, but wound up with totally custom
gps, with finger grooves, and thumb rest. Completely form fitting. As
a house gun it would aim exactly where I pointed my hand, didn't need to
use sights. That's one way.
Or, you could cave balsa, that'd go fast, and soak it with epoxy
when done But If I was doing it, and had hard clay molds I wanted to
copy, I'd make a simple duplicator, with a Dremel type tool. Fix it and
a pinin a fixture, suspend that from a frame with springs (maybe hinges
on the back side, and two springs in the front), and have the frame on
casters (Hell, you could even cut hollows, and roll it on marbles), so
it could move. Have the model, and piece to be carved fastened from
below, so they won't shift. I'd rough cut excess of the piece to be
carved. Then just lower the fixture, so a guide pin can go over the
model, and have the Dremel spaced so it will go over the piece to be
carved. That should rough cut well enough. For a one-time thing
anyway. I'd still just prefer the filler method, unless you want pretty
wood, to show off.
I was gonna mold a woodfiller cheeck rest for my squirrel rifle,
but wound up laminating one instead. But I'll probably mold one for a
scoped air rifle..
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