Laminated rifle stock using maple, walnut & cherry.

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Project by HalDougherty posted 07-17-2009 05:19 AM 43627 views 7 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I just finished this stock. It was made from rough sawmill lumber that I dried, laminated and carved. I make laminated stocks for several reasons. The main one is stability for target shooting, the other big reason is the time needed to dry a thick blank and the high cost of fancy wood in sizes big enough to use. I have been buying 4/4 green lumber from local sawmills, drying it in the attic of my 100 year old farmhouse. I’m too old to wait years for 3” blanks to dry… Plus 1” boards are so much cheaper than gunstock blanks.

Check out the cherry slab the stock is resting on… As soon as it’s dry, I’ll make a couple of benches and the rest will be gunstocks.

The stock was carved using a 5 axis duplicator from Dakota Arms. It’s the ultimate router accessory.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#1 posted 07-17-2009 05:20 AM

woooo this is totaly cool great job


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#2 posted 07-17-2009 05:23 AM

VERRRRRRRY Nice!!!!!!! Superb work, really beautiful stocks.

-- Dan Wiggins

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#3 posted 07-17-2009 05:42 AM

Wow, the proportions and grain are incredible. What’s the stock meant for, action, caliber, etc, etc. Is the stock fitted for you, the cheek plate looks real comfortable. Nice work, I’m drooling, BTKS.

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#4 posted 07-17-2009 05:55 AM

Most excellent work .

Thanks for sharing with us and welcome to Lumberjocks community.

-- Not my woodworking

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#5 posted 07-17-2009 05:56 AM

Usually laminated stocks make me want to vomit.firearms are supposed to have beautiful wood stocks dammit! These are definately beautiful wood so now I can’t say I hate laminate stocks anymore.

-- Nothing's just gets expensive

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#6 posted 07-17-2009 06:06 AM

Very nice!

I have the same questions as BTKS with the additional question: is the barrel floating?

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#7 posted 07-17-2009 06:16 AM

This stock fits a Remington 700 Varmint in .222 Remington with a standard heavy weight barrel. I made it for my sons rifle. I installed aluminum pillars and glassed the action. The barrel is floated and it’s a tack driver.

Most of the laminated stocks on the market are dyed birch and they are stable, but they look just ok… I’ve always liked high grade wood only I couldn’t afford stocks like this one, so I started making them myself.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#8 posted 07-17-2009 06:16 AM

beautiful stock, im going to guess remington from looking at the inside cuts, maybe yhe 700 model ????

-- a truly wise man never plays leap frog with a unicorn

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#9 posted 07-17-2009 06:32 AM

oh looks like we were wrighting at the same time, i have the remington 700 vls chambered in .308 no thumb hole but it does have the heavy barrel and it sure does shoot straight. i would love to add a stock like that one to it, great job you should add some pics of the gun put back together to show how nice the stock looks attached to it

-- a truly wise man never plays leap frog with a unicorn

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#10 posted 07-17-2009 06:42 AM

wow that’s good.

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#11 posted 07-17-2009 07:12 AM

It looks good from here. welcome to LJ:-))

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#12 posted 07-17-2009 12:32 PM

As one who shoot a fair amount myself, I have always been partial to the feel of wood instead of synthetic. Your work is fantastic, and the maple really looks sweet. What finish did you put on?

-- Measuring twice and cutting once only works if you read the tape correctly!

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#13 posted 07-17-2009 12:37 PM

Another fantastic looking gun stock….........WOW.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#14 posted 07-17-2009 12:48 PM

I used trans-tint dye, dissolved in denatured alcohol to just bring out the grain and to color the wood just enough that tung oil wouldn’t turn it an ugly yellow. After rubbing in 5 or 6 coats of oil and letting it dry, I finished the finish with lin-speed gunstock oil for a hard finish.


-- Hal, Tennessee

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#15 posted 07-17-2009 12:57 PM

no bout adoubt it….................thats nice!

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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