LumberJocks Woodworking Forum banner
  • Please post in our Community Feedback thread for help with the new forum software! If you are having trouble logging in, please Contact Us for assistance.

Project Information

In the summer, I sawed wood for my shop stove. When I went out to grab an armload one morning, a shiny spot caught my eye. Upon close inspection I discovered that it was a spent round from shooting my S/W 357 magnum in the woods. I thought, hey why don't I sand this and see what it looks like. After the sanding, I realized their was potential for a project here. Maybe I could do a precision shot into a nice piece of walnut, then expose it and use it somehow.

I'm thinking that if I can square the end of a 12 inch long piece of walnut that's at least 12 inches in diameter, I can then do precision shots into the side at "0" degrees, "90" degrees, "180" degrees, and "270" degrees. Then create a clock face to show the bullets representing quarter marks of the clock face and if I choose to, I can add the non numeric indicator marks for 1,2,4,5,7,8,10,11, Tic marks. Maybe I could use my 1/2 inch number stamp set to create the numbers.

I need to find a good source for high quality clock works if any of you Lj's know of any good suppliers.

Gallery

Comments

·
Registered
Joined
·
409 Posts
Cool. If you can do that you are a better shot than i am or will ever be. Now if you can place the shots and then let the tree heal over for about 10 years. Talk about a long term project.

Randy
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
268 Posts
The only problem I could see with that is the bullets tendency to follow the path of least resistance. Not saying its impossable, just that its gonna be hard to get it to work out the way you want it. Awesome idea though
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,678 Posts
Certainly an idea worth exploring, in my opinion.

This is a great start and I'll be curious to see what else you do with this idea. Keep at it!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
95 Posts
Wow that is freakin cool! I bet you could do a whole room in this theme - fine furniture with bullets lodged in them… You could use different types of bullets for a nice theme

Awesome.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
95 Posts
Also, Lee Valley Tools has a nice selection of clock parts, both mechanical and quartz types, with various other accessories to match.

See them here:

http://leevalley.com/
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
40 Posts
DaddyT makes a valid point, however, if you reload, or know someone that does, try experimenting with some lighter loads. That would minimize the penetration putting your 12, 3, 6 and 9 "Tick" marks closer to the edge.

Using a good vblock rest for the barrel and spindle pivot arrangement on the log, you could guarantee some very good alignment.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,830 Posts
You've got the makings for a great clock right here. On the side away from the bullet, inlet one of the small clock mechanisms, and title your project. "Killing Time"
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
115 Posts
I think getting all four bullets to end up on the same level plane will be a bit iffy.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
67 Posts
I agree with the spindle mount and v block for barrel rest and lighter load method, this is as close as I think you will get to what youre looking for. I look forward to seeing this project it will be cool if you can pull it off!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
471 Posts
You are using that nice walnut for FIREWOOD??

Just don't know what else to say.

Go
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
105 Posts
For those of you who share a love of ballistics, I do reload my own ammo so I plan to do a little experimenting with powder measurements and distance from target to adjust penetration. And I plan on setting up a small range with a permanent pedestal mount for a target piece. This pedestal will be equiped with a 360 degree gauge and elevation adjustment.

I also plan to shoot some marked shots into live walnut tree's and allow them to grow another year to close hole behind the shots. Interesting that someone commented on that cause I already thought of trying that! May also go to the local in-door gun range and get permission to do some precision shooting there.

I do have a metal detector and from now on I'll probably use it more to find existing bullets in tree's that I suspect to have already been shot into.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
105 Posts
Good point Gofor, but a mans gotta what mans gotta do! The pain goes away when the temperature of the shop goes up!

This was also the catalyst to head me in this direction.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
9,963 Posts
Wood and firearms? Now you're talking about some of my favortie things. If you could just figure out a way to add aged whiskey and women to this idea you could copyright and sell it to the highest bidder and not have to worry about cutting your own firewood anymore.
Ok, now back to a more serious note.
Someone mentioned a problem with getting the depth to be exact on each shot, or something along those lines. I don't see that as a problem. With the story of how it is made comes into play, even if the depth of the shots having a little variation, it'll be a work of art. Go for it. If it works, I think it'll be time to get off my butt and find somewhere I can do some shooting.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
105 Posts
Hal Dougherty;I like the way you think, keep this one simple and get it out there.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,344 Posts
I really, really like this! I think it's a nice display piece on its own, but your idea for a clock is absolutely fantastic.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
5,687 Posts
Up here we just hit them with axes, didn't realize the trees down there were so tough you had to shoot them before you chopped em down LOL!

This is gonna be a fascinating project! Please post lots of photos, a video of the set up and shots would be very interesting!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
76 Posts
Since you reload your own, why not go with solid copper bullets versus FMJ? Since the clocks will likely be a bit rustic a nice patina on the solid copper my be a great accent.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
105 Posts
Not a bad idea Ryan; I'm planning to do a lot of variations so I'll work that one in. I do know that lead core FMJ's realy show nice contrast though.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
302 Posts
I've found bullets in wood twice before, never considered doing it on purpose. Interesting thought.
 
Top