What Type of Wood for Laminating a Rifle Stock

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01-13-2017 02:36 PM

Topic tags/keywords: rifle stock stock picking wood walnut maple cherry

I’m very intrigued and anxious to start on a rifle stock after getting a new one for Christmas with one of those basic synthetic stocks. I’ve researched for hours on how to create my own stock and what to do regarding in-letting and bedding and such, but I haven’t seen much on what types of wood folks would use to laminate a rifle stock and how many layers is best?
I just know I don’t want more than 10 layers showing on the bottom of my rifle as that detracts from the look.
What would you suggest?
What type’s of wood have you used on a rifle stock?
What type of glue would you suggest? Titebond III I heard good stuff about.
What’s your process?

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#1 posted 01-13-2017 05:22 PM

My BLR has a walnut stock. Manufactured sometime in the early 70’s with decent use and it has held up well. It’s not too heavy either.

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#2 posted 01-13-2017 06:17 PM

I don’t know about the laminating but the most common woods that I see on rifle stocks are walnut, birch and maple. Any tight-grained hardwood should work though. As far as how many layers, I’d go to a gun or sporting goods store and just look at several higher-end rifles and shotguns and see how many layers they used.

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#3 posted 01-13-2017 06:24 PM

I wonder if you would prefer to use quarter sawn lumber for your layers? Synthetics are nice because they are super stable over a wide range of conditions. Quarter sawn woods would be awesome too.

Lamination is there to help this as well, of course.

Glue is very strong in shear, so you won’t have to worry about the lamination unzipping. If you have a heavy caliber you might consider some cross pins or dowels to help the wood itself resist splintering from any rotational or twisting forces the recoil might provide.

Just some random thoughts I hope help.


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