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Old 11-09-2013, 12:25 PM   #41
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If you can't find a big enough spoon take a look for brass door plates. ~1/16 thick and easy to work flat brass. These are the big plates they put on the bottom of doors where you kick them. I got one used for $5 at habitat for humanity store. Made many parts out of it. You can get them new at Lowes.

Don't let a little mistake get you down, look on it as a chance to learn how to make a new part!

Looking good, keep at it.

PS sometimes you can find small brass and copper sheets at the hardware store/ hobby shop. Look for a K&S display, small tubes and sheets (6x9") for pretty cheap.

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Old 11-14-2013, 11:05 PM   #42
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Just to show you that I haven't given up yet. It is turning out to be kinda plain Jane, rather than epic, but I am not finished yet. Have a few more ideas that may come to fruition. After carving out the rough shape, I had to put the project aside until I got my finish sander. It is a Ryobi that has a small triangular head. It has been very useful, and made the job go faster. Got a large German nickle spoon today, and I am trying to decide if I can use it, or parts of it in the build. Can't wait to stain it. I don't like how light the wood is. It is good hard maple though. Still thinking about some kind of checkering. Seems like all the dueling pistols had some kind of adornment on the grips

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You are doing a fantastic job.

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Looking good, only problem I have with most projects like this is its as hard to stop as it was to get started. I can always find one more thing that I can do, or one more improvement to make. I have an AR project gun that I keep tinkering with, probably never will be completely done.

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I have learned that if I want a pistol with darker wood, start with darker wood. I have had no staining projects that I have ever liked. Started out with straight grained light hard maple. Should have gone for a more of a honey brown. Oh well, this is my first, and I will do it differently next time. I wanted to "Belgium blue" the metal, but I couldn't find it any more where I usually get this stuff. The time I am rust-bluing. Never did this type before, and it will be interesting. The barrel is the first part I am doing, and it is hanging in my damp basement, which doubles as my wet box. After the first application, it turned rusty-red fast, and then when I boiled it, it went black. I carded it with steel wool, put another application of acid on, and it will hang over night. The instructions say it takes between 6 and 20 application cycles to get a good job. We shall see. Got the trigger guard fixed up to go on. I had to cut the pieces that you would normally use to pin the guard on, off to get it to work with my trigger.

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I started using shellac for a sanding sealer. My projects come out much better. If I want to raise the grain I just go over the wood lightly with a propane torch. Once I sand the shellac very lightly everything is much smoother from that point forward. I do not use polyurethane varnish on anything.

I prefer oil based spar varnish. I can thin it to the desired thickness with just plain old paint thinner. I bought a gallon of varnish to fix up a boat. The remnants of that gallon of varnish has done a fine job on everything I have refinished since.

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Looking good! You know this may just jumpstart me to the 36 Cal squirrel rifle I've been thinking about!

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Looking good! You know this may just jumpstart me to the 36 Cal squirrel rifle I've been thinking about!
I am now wishing that I had a tank big enough to do something like that. At present I am using a stainless broiler pan that I liberated from the kitchen. The barrel didn't rust much this time because I think the room in the basement dried up some. I have been running a humidifier, and the tank was dry. It is getting pretty black, I may be getting to a point where I am done. Will let her rust 24 more hours, and see what I get.
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Yeh, I've been looking at a 36"x12" stainless steamer pan for a while now. Not as big as I'd like but wallyworld priced. I can always upgrade later and keep it for small parts.

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Well, it is not exactly what everybody might call "epic". I have made a bunch of mistakes, but I think that it will shoot, and from what I have learned, the next one will go smoother, and better. I truly love this rust bluing. The barrel that I have is a milder steel, and blued up faster than the directions said it would take. I have Belgium blued in an afternoon. The rust bluing took longer,(4 days), but I think I like it better. It is a deep, even blue-black. I have to find some sights for it now, and wait till it warms up to do a range test. I also need to make some loading accessories. Maybe a hook so I can wear it on my belt like a pirate. Thanks to all of you who have followed and given advice along the way. DW get busy on that squirrel rifle. I would be very interested to see how one is built. Maybe I will be inspired.

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