Making an Airgun Stock

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Blog entry by Brett posted 10-23-2012 04:35 AM 7179 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am starting to make a stock and pump arm for a Crosman 1377 pellet gun. I thought that I would keep record of making it here on this blog. It will hopefully serve as a reference for myself and anyone else that may be interested in attempting to make one for themselves.

I am making this particular one out of sapele, an african hardwood similar to mahogany in appearance and working properties. I think sapele is richer in brown with a hint of red in color and it has some really spectacular shimmery ribbons of figure in it (chatoyancy).

I didn’t have any material thick enough for this project and sapele is what I had the most of on hand so this is how I ended up deciding to use it. I think that it will be really unique and I am looking forward to the final product.

I started out by cutting an approximately 10” wide board into lengths roughly 17” long. I glued and clamped the two pieces together and let them sit for a few hours. After the glue was dry, I squared up the blank on the tablesaw, ripping the long sides parallel and cutting both ends off. Then I ripped a piece off about 2” wide for the pump arm blank.

Here is what it looked like after the clamps were removed. The last picture is after the blank has been squared and the blank for the pump arm was ripped off. The blanks are 1 7/8”

-- Hand Crafted by Brett Peterson John 3:16

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#1 posted 11-07-2012 11:51 PM

Hey Brett. Good choice of wood, even if it was out of just what was on hand. I use Sapele quite often to build doors out of. The mill I work for calls it a Mahogany substitute. The ribbon grain is very similar. One question I have not had an answer to about this wood is the pronunciation. It’s either seh-PAY-lee, or seh-PEE-lee. Whatever we call it, it’s a good looking wood and heavy! Can’t wait to see the finished product.

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#2 posted 11-08-2012 12:37 AM

Thank you Chuck!

I pronounce it seh-PEE-lee. At least that is the way we say it up here in the Northwest. It really is beautiful wood.

I did get the project completed and you can check it out here

or here too.

-- Hand Crafted by Brett Peterson John 3:16

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