F-Class Benchrest Rifle Stock, Tiger Maple, cherry and walnut

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Project by HalDougherty posted 05-22-2010 08:20 PM 20228 views 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the first F-Class target stock I’ve carved. Last week I modified a benchrest stock into a specialized target stock for F-Class. It’s benchrest, but the matches aren’t shot from a bench. They shoot from 600 to 1000 yards from the prone position. Front rests and rear sandbags are allowed. That’s whey the flat forend and flat butt of the stock are popular in this sport. My front rest is for a wide thick forend for my varmint/benchrest rifles, but it’s still too small for a stock with a 3” wide forend. I’ll need a wider top on my rest for a 3” wide forend. Here’s a link to the prototype:

This stock is made from Tiger maple on the outside, then cherry and walnut on the inside. I love the colors you get with this wood combination. The tiger maple is from the hart of an old tree and it has mineral stain to give the wood a bit of natural color. After the stock has some die or an oil finish the stripes will be more visable. I put some mineral spirits on the stock to show the grain. Without it, you can’t seen any of the details of the maple grain. I love the way trifern colors his projects. When I carve one like this for myself, I’m going to make it from birds eye maple with walnut and cherry, then black die for the base, forest green for the mid tones and a bit of yellow to make everything stand out. Here’s one of his projects that inspired me:

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#1 posted 05-22-2010 08:56 PM

Fantastic stock.

-- Can't never could do anything, to try is to advance.

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#2 posted 05-22-2010 09:26 PM

Once again Hal, I am truly amazed. Your work is fantastic. I think I read in one of your write-ups something about “clients”. That means to me that you produce and sell you stocks…..maybe someday I can talk my wife into letting me inquire about one…......hopefully!

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

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#3 posted 05-22-2010 10:07 PM

I like it a lot! I’m also a shooter and re-loader. My “Workshop in the Woods” has a 100 yard range right out the door.

-- "Heaven is North of the Bridge"

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#4 posted 05-22-2010 10:16 PM

Nice work. I have built two stocks but I cheated by using 90% finished. Still there was a lot of fine work. How long did it take you to complete the stock? BTW, I live in SE Tennessee.

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#5 posted 05-22-2010 11:36 PM

SWEET , I know a couple of actions that I’ve got that could use a GOOD HOME like that to live and shoot in.

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#6 posted 05-22-2010 11:48 PM

The customer is using a Mauser 98 action and a target barrel chambered for 6.5-284. This one took extra long to make the prototype. I can carve two stocks from laminated blanks and sand them to 180 grit in a day. My bottle neck is the 24 hours I usually leave the stocks in the press while the glue dries… They can be taken out in 4 hours and carved the next day, but I like to leave them in the press as long as possible. Most of the stocks I sell are unfinished, I do 90% of the work using specalized equipment that almost no one has. My part takes 10% of the time. The customers 10% takes 90% of the time to finish their stock and they end up with a beautiful one of a kind stock they can point to with pride and say in all honesty, “Look what I made!”

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#7 posted 05-23-2010 03:41 AM

The second project I posted was a detailed view of my duplicator. Dakota Arms makes fine firearms and also the best gunstock duplicator. I got lucky a few years ago and found this one on E-Bay of all places. The owner put it up for auction two times and didn’t get any bids over his reserve. So, I waited a month and sent him an e-mail with my offer. He took me up on it and here I am… My major product now is sawdust and chips! Each stock weighs from 2.5 to 3.5 lbs… But the blanks start out weighing

Here’s a fellow LumberJocks project that shows the easiest carving duplicator to duplicate…

I’m making one to carve pistol grips. I’ve got 4 linear pillow block bearings and shafts to go with them. I’m going to a local metal scrap yard and buy the rest of the parts. The most important part of your duplicator is the head mechanism. You want as much mass and strength as you can get. The head works on my mill weighs 300 lbs.. The entire dupicator took 5 men to move it into my shop with the head rig off. It’s so heavy and stable I can freehand flatten a stock and it will hold to about 0.005” from one end of the stock to the other. But it’s so well balanced, I can move it with one finger.

Here’s a project by “Jim Jakosh”. It’s his home built duplicator.

I hope mine looks half as good.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#8 posted 05-23-2010 03:44 AM

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