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Winchester Lever Action Rubber Band Rifle. The Build #3: Progress and Laminated Parts

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Blog entry by anthm27 posted 01-02-2019 11:55 PM 2068 reads 0 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Having received my Oak and Walnut from Recycle1943 . Yes, Dick from here at Lumberjocks (Recycle1943) was very kind enough to package up some walnut, oak and along with some other goodies including a very nice hand made keepsake box for my Lovie Cheryl. He packaged it and posted it to me. Thank you Dick, a great act of kindness and a real thrill to receive your kind gift.

After receiving the Walnut and Oak I decided to make things even harder for myself and do the lever and trigger in a laminated walnut oak combination. I’ve since got the lever pretty well finished.

The Method

1)Using a router I thicknesed out the Oak and laminated the thin strips of Walnut to it.

2) I made my usual template out of 1/4” hardboard. This is to be used along with a flush trim router bit to achieve the actual finished shape.

3) Using forstner drill bits and a jig saw I rough cut the lever out of the laminated stock.

4) I then carefully using a flush trim router bit and hand held trimmer cut the lever shape by running the ball bearing of the router bit along the edge of the template.

Other progress has been that Ive managed to drill and chisel out the main part of the rifle all set to house the working parts. It was delicate work, at best I,ve only got a little over 1/4” left on one side.

I,ve definitely worked out that this thing is going to take time, So easy to make a slip up and so time consuming to have to fix a slip up. The lever seems to have worked out well and I,ll replicate the process to make the trigger, hammer and bolt.

Thanks for reading please see attached images.

The hardboard template being made

The Oak thiknesed out with router ready for lamination

The laminated stock of thicknessed Oak with walnut strips

Tracing the hardboard template onto the laminated stock

Drilling and Jigsawing out the rough lever shape

Using the ball bearing of the flush trim router bit run along the template to cut the lever

Almost done and still attached to the laminated stock

The Laminated Oak and Walnut Lever cut to shape, final sanding and installation still to come

A few pics of drilling and chiseling out the rifle to house the working parts

Thanks again for viewing.
Kind Regards
Anthony



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Orvile Baker

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#1 posted 01-03-2019 12:19 AM

That is real cool. Where could I find a plan ? My grandson would love one.

-- Bud Baker , Ojibwa, WI. http://papabudswoodtoys.webs.com/

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recycle1943

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#2 posted 01-03-2019 01:04 AM

Anthony, that is a LOT of work. Pretty sure you’re gong to enjoy it hanging on the wall.
the oak lever and trigger assembly look awesome laminated with the walnut.
Don’t worry about material errors, I’ve got plenty of walnut pieces if you need them.

-- 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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anthm27

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#3 posted 01-03-2019 04:02 AM


That is real cool. Where could I find a plan ? My grandson would love one.

- Orvile Baker

Hi Orville, I have them on PDF file, if you PM me your email address I will email them.
Regards
Anth

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anthm27

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#4 posted 01-03-2019 04:03 AM



Anthony, that is a LOT of work. Pretty sure you re gong to enjoy it hanging on the wall.
the oak lever and trigger assembly look awesome laminated with the walnut.
Don t worry about material errors, I ve got plenty of walnut pieces if you need them.

- recycle1943

Thanks Dick, lets see how we go, More laminating this morning for the trigger , bolt and hammer.

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anthm27

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#5 posted 01-03-2019 04:08 AM

If anybody with any ideas on what type of finish I should use, I would be open to suggestions. I,m not sure if I should go gloss type polyurethane or use an oil and wax type of thing.
Ideas welcome please.
Regards
Anth

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JayZ

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#6 posted 01-03-2019 08:37 AM

Love the tool choice Anthony

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JayZ

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#7 posted 01-03-2019 08:40 AM

Personally I would go with a dark stain, but you dont strike me as the staining type.

I’d suggest some Danish Oil, which is largely Tung oil.


If anybody with any ideas on what type of finish I should use, I would be open to suggestions. I,m not sure if I should go gloss type polyurethane or use an oil and wax type of thing.
Ideas welcome please.
Regards
Anth

- anthm27


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anthm27

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#8 posted 01-03-2019 10:24 AM



Personally I would go with a dark stain, but you dont strike me as the staining type.

I d suggest some Danish Oil, which is largely Tung oil.

If anybody with any ideas on what type of finish I should use, I would be open to suggestions. I,m not sure if I should go gloss type polyurethane or use an oil and wax type of thing.
Ideas welcome please.
Regards
Anth

- anthm27

- JayZ

Thanks Jay Z , Your Danish oil Idea may get off the ground and fly , the stain idea definitely a crash and burn scenario.
Cheers

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anthm27

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#9 posted 01-03-2019 10:29 AM

A little more progress today, the trigger and hammer done, also did the cover plate for the rifle body to cover the working parts.

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JayZ

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#10 posted 01-03-2019 02:06 PM


Personally I would go with a dark stain, but you dont strike me as the staining type.

I d suggest some Danish Oil, which is largely Tung oil.

If anybody with any ideas on what type of finish I should use, I would be open to suggestions. I,m not sure if I should go gloss type polyurethane or use an oil and wax type of thing.
Ideas welcome please.
Regards
Anth

- anthm27

- JayZ

Thanks Jay Z , Your Danish oil Idea may get off the ground and fly , the stain idea definitely a crash and burn scenario.
Cheers

- anthm27


No one would question your decision, until it becomes a safety threat. We call that Chinese CRM

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doubleDD

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#11 posted 01-03-2019 03:31 PM

That’s really turning out to be a nice piece. I know It will look great on any wall. I would go with a natural danish oil. You can then buff it out and I think that will give it an authentic look.

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

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GR8HUNTER

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#12 posted 01-03-2019 03:43 PM

them laminated pieces look awesome … another + for watco Danish oil …. will give more original look :<)))))

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

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robscastle

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#13 posted 01-03-2019 09:56 PM

Leave the finish until the project is completed then make a decision.
From what I saw researching the rifle there are a few authentic options available, however I dont think you would want to be masking any of the contrasting laminated features that you have gone the effort to create in the build, so..

-- Regards Rob

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Grumpy

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#14 posted 01-03-2019 10:44 PM

Anthony, all we need now is a video on how well it shoots. Looking good so far.
.

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

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robscastle

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#15 posted 01-04-2019 12:00 AM

Standby by for a NEWS report of a rubberband sniper creating havoc in downtown Honkers! Louie the fly and your gang, ... better watch out your days are numbered!

-- Regards Rob

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