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New Stock Builds For My Airforce Condors.

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    Loren
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    I have been working on some new furniture for the AF Condors.
    The blue/gray will go on a full length Condor with a 580cc CF tank, which happens to be right at the same length 490cc aluminum tank.
    The green mountain camo will go on a Condor SS with a 480cc CF tank.  It will be more of a carbine.

     

     

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    Loren

    I've read a bunch of your posts and drooling over this…. I have to ask… is this beginner woodworker friendly? or am i better off saving up for a madd dog or some other stock

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    Aaron, I would say it depends.  I am by no means an advanced woodworker, although I am a pretty good craftsman and a manufacturing engineer by profession.  Kind of jack of all trades, master of none and have spent my career trying to figure how make things so this comes natural to me.    

    These are all machined "by hand" and not made using a duplicator.  I use a router table for the inletting and forearm shaping.  I use a trim router for the free hand work for inletting for the tank band clamp block and a aluminum plate I inlet into the butt for anchoring the tank clamp, but all of that could be done with chisels, which do get used a little for squaring up corners and fitting.  All the organic shaping I do with carbide burrs, sanding disc, and small sanding cones on pneumatic die grinders. (straight and 90 degree)  They are small but powerful and allow for a lot of dexterity for shaping.  I have other tools that I use to reduce the amount of elbow grease needed, and for blank prep, but I think I could do it without them.

     

     

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    simko
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    Hi Loren

    I was going to ask if you used a duplicator, im a bit more optimistic when you say you dont :). I will look into stockmaking a bit more… I'm not sure what type of wood would be good for me, but i wonder if i could laminate some baltic birch plywood together to maybe reduce some router work. Although, vie been looking to get a router, this might be a good reason to get one!

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    Loren
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    Problem with conventional plywood is the grain direction alternates 90 degrees with each layer, which may not be ideal.  Poplar would machine easy, low cost for giving it a try, will laminate well, and finishes nicely with stain or paint.  

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    simko
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    Great idea! if i like the result maybe i could coat it with something to toughen it up like epoxy or bedliner

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    Loren
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    From my understanding Maddog uses poplar and bedliner on the small caliber guns styocks and then poplar/maple/poplar on the Texan stocks  Using the maple to stiffen them a bit more than just poplar.  

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    Odoyle
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    Nice work! Can't wait till they are fitted to the guns.

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    Hobbyman2007
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    Loren, 

    where are you sourcing the laminate blanks ?

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    Loren
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    The laminate is Spectraply Panels from www.cwp-usa.com  There are lots of color options.  Way more that what you see available typically in gun stocks.

     

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    Loren
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    Here is the first one.  It is a .25cal Condor SS.  I have some sling studs coming and camo paracord sling to add to it to complete the hunting package.

     

     

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    Loren
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    Sling studs and the sling came in today.  Fitting and the rifle shoulders real nice.

    I also finished up the blue laminate stock and had time to get the rifle mounted in it.  

     

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    Greenarrow
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    Very nice!  I love the color choices.

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    sasquatch
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    I'm impressed. I like that work. Are you selling them or building for your own use? I don't have an AirForce , I am just curious

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    Dairyboy
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    That blue one is spectacular!

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    Hapo
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    sasquatch

    I'm impressed. I like that work. Are you selling them or building for your own use? I don't have an AirForce , I am just curious

    …if he likes making those methinks he could quit his day job…

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    Loren
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    Thanks guys, I'm glad you like the work.  I built these for my own guns, and each is "hand carved" and not cut on a duplicator.  Cost in raw material was $180+  and I have 50+ hours in fab and finishes time in each stock.  I'm not sure anyone would want to pay a custom shop rate to have one based on those numbers.

    The Airforce platform lacks the bells and whistle of the other brands, but they are fair priced and make HUGE power in factory form and with a nice wood stock they are pretty cool rifles IMHO.    The blue Condor is  .25cal and easily producing 110 FPE with a 53gr cast bullet with it's 24" barrel.  The Condor SS is also a .25cal and producing 85 FPE with the same bullet.  

    See some of my latest stock builds at http://www.DiamondGunStocks.com

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