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Old 04-13-2010, 11:38 AM   #1
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Default Good book for wood stock/grip making?

Anyone know of a good reference/tutorial book for wooden stock making? I am planning on starting with pistol & revolver grips. Not for commercial purposes but a hobby since I like working with wood.

Preferably, the book would also have a "minimalist" shop tool requirement if possible.

Related to this, what (affordable) rifle should I look for to experiment on (old or new). My Weatherby Vanguard is arriving today and wondering if it is a good candidate.

Thanks for any recommendation(s).



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Roy Dunlap, "Gun Owner's Book of Care, Repair and Improvement."
Several chapters dealing with aspects of stock making.
Sold under the Outdoor Life label in the 70s. Check w/Amazon.com

I used to have a copy of "Rifles," by Jack O'connor. I haven't seen my copy in more than a decade, but I seem to recall a lot of useful stuff about stocks in it too.



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I can't think of a book right off hand.
However, I am being trained in the ways of a gunsmith that has been in business since '62, I have made a few grips, so maybe I can help you out with the tools that make your life much easier.

1 A bandsaw

2 Stationary belt sander, doesn't have to be fancy or expensive

3 A drill press is not entirely necessary, but it does make it a lot easier to drill the grip screw holes.

4 Variable speed Dremel tool with sanding drum (for rough shaping).

5 Lots of sandpaper in different grits from coarse to fine.

EDIT: That list is for making grips, if you want to build rifle stocks from scratch, there are more tools that you might need, such as a barrel channel scraper, chisels, gouges, more bits for the Dremel, etc.

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I can't think of a book right off hand.
However, I am being trained in the ways of a gunsmith that has been in business since '62, I have made a few grips, so maybe I can help you out with the tools that make your life much easier.

1 A bandsaw

2 Stationary belt sander, doesn't have to be fancy or expensive

3 A drill press is not entirely necessary, but it does make it a lot easier to drill the grip screw holes.

4 Variable speed Dremel tool with sanding drum (for rough shaping).

5 Lots of sandpaper in different grits from coarse to fine.

EDIT: That list is for making grips, if you want to build rifle stocks from scratch, there are more tools that you might need, such as a barrel channel scraper, chisels, gouges, more bits for the Dremel, etc.
Great!!! I have all these!
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[QUOTE=superc;270867]Roy Dunlap, "Gun Owner's Book of Care, Repair and Improvement."
I just ordered this book, It looks interesting.

Poink88, have you started any projects? Any pictures?

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"Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks" by Monty Kennedy circa 1952 & 1962, deals mostly with checkering.



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