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Old 03-13-2013, 12:06 PM
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Re: making a stock

okay thanks. so without a meter you can't be sure whether or not the wood is completely dry which should prevent further cracking is this correct?
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Old 03-13-2013, 06:40 PM
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okay thanks. so without a meter you can't be sure whether or not the wood is completely dry which should prevent further cracking is this correct?
You are correct sir.

If you are within driving distance to me, I'll be happy to check the moisture content of your blank..
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Old 03-13-2013, 11:04 PM
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joel thanks for the offer but I am on the other side of the nation.
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Old 03-14-2013, 07:57 AM
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See if you can find a specialty lumber place in your area that has a kiln. I'm sure they would test it for you at no charge...
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Old 03-14-2013, 08:38 AM
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Re: making a stock

Good thread Fishbox.

Joel and Shortgrass, I learned something today.

Thanks, Tom
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Old 03-14-2013, 08:51 AM
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Re: making a stock

Joel I have a question on thumb holes for you. If I want to put one in this stock is there any special considerations I should take, or just pick the spot I want and go for it? I was thinking drill a pilot hole and get it to where I can use a chisel to finish.
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Old 03-14-2013, 08:58 AM
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The beauty of making your own stock, is that you can customize it to your hands. If you have a thumbhole stock to use a reference, then I would take a few measurements on where they have the actual hole. Mill in the pilot hole and then shape it from there. Remember, you will need to remove material in order for your hand to rest at an angle. While you're at it, a small palm swell may be in order. A round bastard file will remove material well, as will a 1/2" drum sander on a 1/4" die grinder...
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