Re: Measuring Pillars
After the pillars are in the stock, I cut them off with a band saw, if necessary, and sand flush with a rotary drum in the drill press, and finally sand by hand with sanding block until satin finish.
I try not to start with too much extra so I don't have to wrestle with them after.
I usually start with the pillar pushed through the stock and pencil mark them about 1/4" long. Trim at band saw,
Next I counterbore for the stock bolt head (1/4 X 28 socket head cap) so it sits just below the surface of the stock once bolted to the action.
Again, this is when I am building the stock, so I don't mess the finish up as it is not on yet.