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Winchester Lever Action Rubber Band Rifle. The Build #2: Thicknessing and cutting The solid blank

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Blog entry by anthm27 posted 12-13-2018 08:22 AM 1870 reads 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Templates Part 2 of Winchester Lever Action Rubber Band Rifle. The Build series Part 3: Progress and Laminated Parts »

Spending time laying out yesterdays 2 templates really paid off. This morning I,d realized that they where 2 inches too short. Anyone familiar with the plans will know it was an easy mistake to make. It was all a bit confusing and I spent the first part of the morning making sure I had things correct and writing a step by step process of exactly what I need to do to get this solid rifle blank done properly.

I don,t own a thicknesser or a router table so I needed to thickness my stock using a hand held router.

The piece of 39mm thick Ash was milled in a factory in china and I suspect there cutters were not particularly sharp, so I took of 4 mm off either side with a hand held router to bring it down to my required 31.5mm thickness. This may seem strange to someone who owns a thicknesser but that is how I did it. (The reason I needed it at 31.5 mm thick is because that as much as my router flush bit will cut more on that later.)

Once my piece was thicknessed down I set about tracing the template onto it then rough cut it out ready for flush bit routeing inline with yesterdays template. I rough cut the rifle out of the stock piece however I could using a circular, jig, hand and coping saw.

I then screwed the template to the rough cut piece and using a flush trim router bit carefully routered the rifle solid blank into place. This all took quite some patience and time. Lots of clamping onto the bench.

As the barrel needed to me 4 mm on either side thinner than the action and stock more hand held router thicknessing was required. I then also routerd out 8 mm depth for a cover plate that will hide the action working parts.

All in all very fiddly and not easy. I am happy to say I’ve got a nice solid rifle blank with which to move forward with and start to chisel out for the working parts.

All clear as mud? Thanks for reading pics are attached.

-- To be a true artist one must stick to their own thought process



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crowie

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#1 posted 12-13-2018 10:22 AM

Got my attention…

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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anthm27

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#2 posted 12-13-2018 10:28 AM



Got my attention…

- crowie

Cheers,
No table saw , router table or thicknesser. I call it hand made, all power tools are hand held. Does that count for hand made? or not reallly?

-- To be a true artist one must stick to their own thought process

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recycle1943

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#3 posted 12-13-2018 11:09 AM

this is turning into a labor of love

good job Anthony

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#4 posted 12-13-2018 02:36 PM

id call it hand made although the guys that work by candle light in an old barn might not-lol.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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GR8HUNTER

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#5 posted 12-13-2018 02:51 PM

Got my attention…

- crowie

Cheers,
No table saw , router table or thicknesser. I call it hand made, all power tools are hand held. Does that count for hand made? or not reallly?

- anthm27


I think all our projects are handmade unless CNC Is used :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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doubleDD

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#6 posted 12-13-2018 03:02 PM

With all this work into it, it should be real. It sure starting to look that way.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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anthm27

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#7 posted 12-13-2018 11:11 PM



this is turning into a labor of love

good job Anthony

- recycle1943

Thanks Dick , yes I did want it to be special. Hoping the trigger and lever and site out of your Walnut will really set it off.


id call it hand made although the guys that work by candle light in an old barn might not-lol.

- pottz

Even they would be using cutters made of iron though, No body saws or planes wood with their fingers. There is always Iron involved.

Cheers,
No table saw , router table or thicknesser. I call it hand made, all power tools are hand held. Does that count for hand made? or not reallly?

- anthm27

I think all our projects are handmade unless CNC Is used :<))

- GR8HUNTER

Yes I have to agree, (hand made it is then). I had to look up (google) CNC (Computer Numerical Control) For those that don,t know , which I didn,t. Basically a router that shapes would by a computer program on its own.

Thanks all for the comments and input

-- To be a true artist one must stick to their own thought process

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Grumpy

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#8 posted 12-13-2018 11:11 PM

Look out Anthony, this could be addictive. Looking good.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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anthm27

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#9 posted 12-13-2018 11:18 PM


With all this work into it, it should be real. It sure starting to look that way.

- doubleDD

Thanks for the comment Dave, Yes its had me thinking what a great great project to be able to build a real working one.
I suspect here in Hong Kong it would be immediate and long term Jail time though. (they dont use guns here in HK they Chop people with meat Clevers)
Definitely the same in AUS, immediate Jail as well.
Which is just yet another reason why I would love to retire in the USA. If only i could get the visa.

So for now its the rubber band variety.

Enough for me for a few days ,In order to pay the bills Im off to my real job.

Thanks everybody for the support.
Kind Regards
Anthony

-- To be a true artist one must stick to their own thought process

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anthm27

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#10 posted 12-13-2018 11:25 PM


Look out Anthony, this could be addictive. Looking good.

- Grumpy

Morning Tony,
yes mate I think it already has become addictive. Had to laugh yesterday Lovie (Cheryl) came up to the roof to do what she loves best (ie) cleaning up.) She could see the intensity and passion I was putting into the rifle blank and she casually with a smirk said “Im going back down stairs and staying right out of the way of that piece of wood” “I dont want to be the one to drop it” she said.Hilarious it was.

Have a good day.
Im Back in a few days,

Regards
Anthony

-- To be a true artist one must stick to their own thought process

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Grumpy

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#11 posted 12-15-2018 11:13 PM

Safe flying mate.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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