Reply To: YES! The summer project: "Wooden stock to my FX Wildcat" is finished.
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……….That project was a labor of love. I hope gunnertrones chimes back in, and tells us of the time he spent on that one of a kind hand made masterpiece”.
(my underlining. gt)
Oh my – oh my, what feedback from the forum on this one!
Very satisfying to see the attention my little summer-project has caused. Really I must admit that I am a bit embarrassed too. Great compliments from other airgun addicted(!) Thanks for sharing your opinions and the good words!
But I think the comment from guod123 above wraps it all up; Woodwork have been a passion of mine for years (making knife shafts), and even though this stock-project is my first, I have enjoyed every minute of it. There has been some critical moments (sawing the profile, choosing and applying the right colour and so on), but drilling the depth and carving the wood to give PRECISE room (bedding) for the action was the most critical and time-consuming task I would say. I know there are special tools for this, but using a chisel and a rubber hammer is very exiting also, and you have to take this in small steps so to say.
The time I spent?
Well, after the THINKING, marking and sawing the profile and drilling the wholes/depths, I spent two and a half days chiselling/adapting the action to the stock.
Then I start working the stock from the outside, and the knife whittling combined with very rough sandpaper took two days to finish.
The sanding process and fine shaping the details all the way up to the point of inserting the colour took approximately a day and a half.
Applying the layers of coffee- and colouring with the finer sanding processes between is difficult to measure in days/hours/minutes. The wood has to dry out between the layers, and the sanding has to be done in between. This operation call for several days, but the actual job maybe just some hours.
The same when it comes to the oiling process. Some minutes every day the coming week.
Totally I will say a week and a half, or maybe two weeks in man-hours, making a stock like this without specialized tools. (My qualified guess).
To Astroman: Good luck to you with your (I assume) coming woodstock-project, For me this forum has been a great inspiration, with members giving me the motivation and advice I needed along.