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Old 02-26-2014, 03:02 AM   #11
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I made a stock out of pine. It was an experiment. It really dings up easily. I can look at it from across the room and a ding will appear. But it did work. It is a 7mm TCU round that is fires. It is not a heavy recoil round. But it is not a 22 either.

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Most pallets are hard wood, In my area most are made from Oak. I made a really nice butt stock for a friend from red oak, turned out it had beautiful grain but was quite heavy.

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Boyds Gun stocks also sell blanks

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There are Pecan trees in Texas. Any tree that bears a large fruit, or nuts is usually a hard wood. Proper curing would be required.

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There are Pecan trees in Texas. Any tree that bears a large fruit, or nuts is usually a hard wood. Proper curing would be required.
i have never seen a gun stock made from pecan, but have seen furniture that was. it has some very nice grain patterns and looks great.
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There are Pecan trees in Texas. Any tree that bears a large fruit, or nuts is usually a hard wood. Proper curing would be required.
Pecan is in the hickory family and if you ever try to split hickory, you will see that is doesn't split well...though it is hard and difficult to work.

Ash is a really good material to work as is Walnut...similar density and shrinkage/warpage properties.

Maple in the south is predominantly "soft maple" and maple in the north and north east is "hard maple"....just different species groups making them up, but like their namesake, they are different densities and I would not use soft maple for a gun stock.

If you can find it, beech or sycamore is nice too....you may find some hardwood lumber at a small building supply distributor, even in TX

I would not use Pine but Cypress is considered a whittler's wood but is rare as hen's teeth....but maybe since you are close to AR and Louisiana, there may be some available.
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Your location says Dallas. I find it extremely hard to believe that you can't find a chunk of hardwood in Dallas.


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Most pallets are hard wood, In my area most are made from Oak. I made a really nice butt stock for a friend from red oak, turned out it had beautiful grain but was quite heavy.
Most pallets are made of poplar which isn't known for it's hardness. Poplar makes good veneer, not gun stocks.
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Lowes don’t have a hardwood selection? That’s just weird. Surely, there is a “wood working” supply store in Dallas that has hardwoods. Use pine if you must, I am confident you will quickly regret using cedar.

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Most pallets are made of poplar which isn't known for it's hardness. Poplar makes good veneer, not gun stocks.
When poplar is dry it is very hard. Considered one of the best for truck beds. Beech, and maple are heavy but I've seen both used for stocks. There are a lot of pallets made of oak in my neck of the woods. I googled hardwood, Dallas and found several sources in Dallas.
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