Just an update........I know most are salivating and wanting to see what I've done. Since my last post I've done nothing....NADA....ZIP. I've been working on my flintlock pistol re-do. It's almost done....and I'll post pics when I have it back together!
Well, I got around to drilling out the stock in order to install the aluminum pillars. I cut the pillars to size.....rear one needed a vertical piece removed for the trigger to clear, then I mixed up some Accraglas and bedded in the pillars. It's a "pick 'n poke" at project. One day I drill two holes....next day I measure and cut pillars.....a few days later I bed the pillars. Now to carve out some wood so I can bed the action. But here's where I'm at now:
Now for the beginning of stock shaping, rasping, smoothing, scraping, or in general ......giving that fat original a diet. The wrist needs flutes so I put some in that....and the forend is to thick so it's gonna get a good .200 to .300 skinner.
Working slowly. Rasping is faster than filing than sanding. I only have so much "juice" per day and I don't work in it every day.
Right side.....still more shaping to do.
Left side did a lot of shaping, still need to fine tune and sand more.
You see that red "splotch" on the right hand side? That's in the wood as it was in the left side.....same spot.....but rasping worked out the left side. I can only assume that if I kept going deeper on the left, it would re-appear. I have no idea what it is. The stock is (I think) birch. Birch is a PITA to stain well. But......I'll give it a go.
Further along (or is it farther along?) that the above pics. I have both sides of the grip to about 98%. Need to get to the finer grits of sandpaper and a little more shaping of the grip, and the buttstock.