Ruger 10/22 laminated walnut & maple target gunstock

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Project by HalDougherty posted 12-15-2009 08:36 PM 23507 views 6 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made an early Christmas present for myself. This stock is made from some scrap walnut that wasn’t suitable for customers. You can see the place I repaired a 1/4”, 1/8” and a 1/16” crack. I used sawdust and epoxy to fill the crack and after it hardened, I sanded it flush with the rest of the stock. It looks good enough for my rifle. I started with rough sawmill lumber. First I planed and thickness sanded the boards close to 1” in thickness. Then I resaw individual boards for the inner laminates. Next I glue the stack of boards in a press I built just to make the laminated blanks. After 12 hours or so, they are ready for use. That’s my bottle neck. I could carve 4 stocks a day, but I’m always waiting for glue to dry… Before I removed the rough carved stock from my carving machine, I drilled the stock bolt hole with a 9/16” end mill. Then, glued in an aluminum dowell. Then I used a 1/4” upcut bit to drill the stock bolt hole from the inside of the action. After turning over the stock, I use an 1/8” bit to open the aluminum pillar enough to tap with a 1/4-20 tap. Now when I remove the stock bolt, it doesn’t fall out and when I tighten the bolt, it only compresses aluminum, not crush wood fibers. At this point, it’s only been sanded to 220 grit and tung oil rubbed in. I’ll use stainless steel wool to wet sand the stock once a day with tung oil for the next few days. Then after 30 days or so I’ll use spray the stock with auto clear coat. It’s going to be spectacular. Even with a huge crack in the original board I glued up for the stock.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#1 posted 12-15-2009 08:44 PM

That is wicked cool. Incredible work on the lamination – love the colors of the wood. My poor stock 10/22 is hiding in the closet with a bag over its head. I like your fluted barrel too – nice set-up!


-- “I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.” Pablo Picasso

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Michael Hacker

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#2 posted 12-15-2009 08:46 PM

AWESOME! Such beautiful furniture! And excellent details of your build!

I would really love to see your blank press, and I will be watching ALL of your new projects!

Keep up the good work!

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#3 posted 12-15-2009 09:42 PM

That looks spectacular, my son and I are doing thumb hole stocks on our muzzeloaders.

-- Ray

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#4 posted 12-15-2009 10:17 PM

Beautiful work!

-- - Jei, Rockford IL - When in doubt, spray it with WD-40 and wrap it with duct tape. The details will attend to themselves.

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#5 posted 12-15-2009 11:15 PM

Looks good form here. Why the bipod on a 10-22?

-- 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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#6 posted 12-15-2009 11:40 PM

Looks great! Love the wood that wasn’t good enough!

-- For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16

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#7 posted 12-15-2009 11:48 PM


So you do this professionally, yes? What does a stock like this cost?


-- dust control

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#8 posted 12-15-2009 11:58 PM

Killer gun stock !

-- Rj's Woodworks,San Jose & Weed Ca,

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#9 posted 12-16-2009 12:13 AM

Great looking job on the stock!

An extended magazine release lever would really make it nice.

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

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#10 posted 12-16-2009 12:47 AM

I put the rifle on a bipod for the photos because I was too lazy to carry out a table for photos…

I charge $150 for ruger 10/22 stocks made from your choice of maple, walnut and/or cherry laminates. I install an aluminum bedding pillar, and sand to 220 grit. I’m about a month behind in orders right now.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#11 posted 12-16-2009 03:38 AM

That’s a good looking stock for my favorite squirrel rifle.

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#12 posted 12-16-2009 03:54 AM

very nice gun stock ,

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#13 posted 12-16-2009 03:55 AM

Great looking and I assume incredibly stable stock. Looks like the last stock part for the rifle is the action! Got some spare parts cheap??? Good work, keep it up, BTKS

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

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#14 posted 12-16-2009 04:00 AM

Great job, awesome work.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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George Barreras

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#15 posted 12-16-2009 06:29 AM

Great looking gunstock made out of secondary wood which noone (wood) be able to tell:) Do you make any other gunstocks, say for an A-BOLT BROWNING .270. Keep up the great work.

-- Nubs,Reserve

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