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AR15 in Wood

Discussion in 'Rifle & Shotgun Discussion' started by swampratt, Mar 3, 2021.

  1. swampratt

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    Here is a look at a stock I whittled out of a stump in the back yard.
    It will need more taken off the front and a little more massaging.
    I just had to get a little stain on it yesterday and see what it may look like.

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    Looks good from here. :thumb:

    Man, do you EVER sleep? :D
    :drunk2:
     
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    I wonder the same thing sometimes. I wish I had 1/10 of his energy.
     
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    DavidMcMillan Enjoy your life!

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    Hard to beat the look of good wood on any firearm.
     
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    Buying wood is against my religion.
    Just does not seem right if you have wood laying around to go buy some.

    I do sin sometimes.

    I did this with a drill a chain saw and an angle grinder.
    No fancy tools used yet. I do not own any fancy tools anyway.

    I suppose a draw knife and hammer and chisels would be the way old way to do it so maybe my
    tools are fancy.
    :)
    Handguard and pistol grip will be built from the same tree.
    Looks like Pecan or Hickory when the leaves come on but never got any nuts from the tree.
    It is the last tree to get foliage and first to shed the foliage.

    It does not split easy and is full of black ants so I cut it down after the ice storm ruined the looks of it.

    I microwaved the wood a few times to dry it out some to make the stock.
     
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    Pistol grip I made yesterday and I tweaked a bit more on it today .

    If I had a mill I would be dangerous.
    $39 bench top drill press with a broken drill bit did most of the slot.
    Some of it was sandpaper on a rusty dull flat file.

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    Does the wood need to cure (for lack of a better term) before you carve it?
     
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    I carved a little on it to get the basic shape then stuck it into the microwave for a 2 minute cook.
    Then cool then cook and cool.
    You can look that microwave wood to dry it out on the net.
    Lots of people do that before turning a bowl or making other wood projects.

    You can dry out wood pretty good in a short time.
    It is not completely dry though still has some moisture in it.

    This is not my choice of wood to use but it is what I have and this will be a learning experience for me.
     
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