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PostSubject: Big Block of Wood   April 17th 2016, 9:24 pm

Hilljack knows I was threatening to do this... 
I bought my first wood block.



The seller lives in Pennsylvania. I should have it in my hands in a few days.



Cherry wood.



2 3/4" figured





So, any thoughts, advice, reactions, or prayers?  Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Big Block of Wood   April 17th 2016, 9:53 pm

Oh boy. That's going to be a lot of work. Go slow. You can't put wood back that you cut off.

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PostSubject: Re: Big Block of Wood   April 18th 2016, 7:51 am

Beautiful woods!  They will certainly make for a unique smoker.
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PostSubject: Re: Big Block of Wood   April 18th 2016, 7:55 am

Are you young enough to ever finish it? Wink

I believe cherry is a harder wood than maple; I know walnut is. Many use maple because it takes less time to carve out a stock and inlet it. It's a nice-looking piece of wood.

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PostSubject: Re: Big Block of Wood   April 18th 2016, 8:31 am

Thanks Marty. Thanks Muley.

Bob, at 107, IDK if I am gonna finish this sentence! jocolor

I was told walnut can be brittle. I was told curly maple was challenging because of the grain. 
Three wood workers swore that the cherry was easiest to work with. One claimed that was why furniture workers were so fond of using it.

I like some ripple in the wood so I went with the cherry. 

I should get to chewing on it to shape it once it arrives... 
Going to tackle it naturally like God intended.
Where does one buy a pet beaver?
One should always use the right tools!  jocolor

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PostSubject: Re: Big Block of Wood   April 18th 2016, 8:56 am

That should make an impressive front stuffer. 

I have a Amish Pencil Post bed made with cherry.  I love it.  Cherry tends to get more beautiful with age.

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PostSubject: Re: Big Block of Wood   April 18th 2016, 7:18 pm

Yep, that's a fine piece of flame cherry. Do good with it.
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PostSubject: Re: Big Block of Wood   April 18th 2016, 7:40 pm

a beautiful piece of firewood indeed!
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PostSubject: Re: Big Block of Wood   April 18th 2016, 8:25 pm

Mercy!  I'd ruin that SO fast.
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PostSubject: Re: Big Block of Wood   April 19th 2016, 9:56 am

VERY NICE!...Lay it out and chart your course...Just make sure your tools are sharp and remove what wood that hides the lady within...And the adventure begins...I will be waiting in the wings if I can give any advice...

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PostSubject: Re: Big Block of Wood   April 19th 2016, 10:49 am

Hilljack wrote:
VERY NICE!...Lay it out and chart your course...Just make sure your tools are sharp and remove what wood that hides the lady within...And the adventure begins...I will be waiting in the wings if I can give any advice...

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Hell, Hilljack, I am bringing it to your place. Seriously. 
Did that swamped barrel we talked about come in anything other than a .40? 
I have misplaced that paper with my notes. (insert colorful cursing here!)

And, I have been doing a lot of snooping on the net for video of this stuff. 
Seems there are some of you that have plexiglass outlines of some of these 
stocks. That might be fun. Then you can see the grain before you pencil in the 
cut. Anybody know about that? Question

And, I might end up goofing it up, but I find that this nice piece of wood has 
sharpened my focus in a positive way. I kinda feel a responsibility to give it a 
good effort. It would be a shame to spoil such a nice piece of wood.

Falcon's, "Yep, that's a fine piece of flame cherry. Do good with it." Kinda altered 
how serious I was going to approach this... We will see if I can do justice to it.

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PostSubject: Re: Big Block of Wood   April 19th 2016, 4:05 pm

Please feel free to come over and we can go thru the whole process and I even have some blank wood for practice...Also attached is a photo of a Small English made with figured cherry...Yours has some really nice figure...Let me know what you are missing and I'll see about gaining them back...





What are you looking for as to caliber and length...For the barrel call Joe Williams at the GunWorks in Springfield, Oregon...1-541-741-4118...Hope to here from you soon...

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PostSubject: Re: Big Block of Wood   April 19th 2016, 9:23 pm

Will do, Hilljack! Thanks!

That rifle has some real gloss to it.

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PostSubject: Re: Big Block of Wood   April 19th 2016, 10:34 pm

Hilljack - Now that is some gorgeous looking wood!
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PostSubject: Re: Big Block of Wood   April 20th 2016, 5:14 pm

Thanks

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PostSubject: Re: Big Block of Wood   April 21st 2016, 5:05 pm

Received the following message today:


Kentucky Colonel, I received the funds today and shipped your blank via UPS. Tracking XXXX. Est. date of arrival is Tues. April 26, 2016. The patchbox piece is attached to the blank. Let me know your thoughts after the blank arrives. I'll let you know when I have the curly maple you need. Thanks ---------Tom


Whheeee!

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PostSubject: Re: Big Block of Wood   April 21st 2016, 5:51 pm

WOW almost like becoming a new papa...Then the journey begins...Heck I'm getting excited...

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PostSubject: Re: Big Block of Wood   April 26th 2016, 7:12 pm

It arrived today. I confess, the idea of two rifles from this block seems over-enthusiastic. 

I also have some cherry scraps from Clay Smith. They seem to be richer than this wood. 
However, it does have some nice grain visible. I do not know enough to be sure, but I think it 
is good.



This one is blurry. Sorry. 



So, what do the experts think?

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PostSubject: Re: Big Block of Wood   April 26th 2016, 8:08 pm

Wet the wood lightly with a washcloth. It brings out the grain.
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PostSubject: Re: Big Block of Wood   April 27th 2016, 7:35 am

The block may be thick enough for 2 stocks if cut sagittally.

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PostSubject: Re: Big Block of Wood   April 27th 2016, 10:01 am

How thick is that slab?
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PostSubject: Re: Big Block of Wood   April 27th 2016, 4:41 pm

Looks pretty good...Although once you cut into the blank you may find even more figure...It would be very lucky if you can squeeze 2 rifles, it will depend on the drop and offset you decide...I am very happy for you....Have you received your barrel yet?...Did you decide which style you will be working on?...Let me know what your final outcome is...

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PostSubject: Re: Big Block of Wood   April 28th 2016, 7:27 pm

I have not ordered a barrel. I paused. I figured deciding the type of rifle I was aiming for was the next step and I have been in Miami and Atlanta this week with no time to think.

I am thinking about a shorter rifle due to reduced weight and the aiming advantage this gives. 
A friend suggested that I might get a handgun out of the extra length. I have not looked, but this 
seems interesting.

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PostSubject: Re: Big Block of Wood   April 30th 2016, 4:40 am

IMHO, cherry is harder to carve than walnut, if you go down that road.
 If the chisel edge grabs the cherry at all, you get a splinter. Walnut, on the other hand, carves like a stick of butter. Any shape, any direction, with the grain or across the grain.

 P.S.  Sugar maple has a density of 42.20 lbs. cubic foot, Black cherry is 33.34.
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PostSubject: Re: Big Block of Wood   April 30th 2016, 1:29 pm

I have a fairly large (12-14" diameter) black cherry tree in back for sale if someone wants to cut it, age it and use it for whatever.
No walnuts grow this far south and the only maples are the red maples in swampy areas.

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