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Old 04-18-2011, 03:32 PM
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Re: Rifle Stock Build Project

Keep at it. I think you're on to something.
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Old 04-18-2011, 04:56 PM
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Re: Rifle Stock Build Project

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Keep at it. I think you're on to something.

I'm trying to slowly work my way up through the fore end. I don't want to have to spread thin layers and wrap with the mat over the entire piece at the same time. That's way to difficult. So I'm just building up through the gun section by section. The buttstock has the most material to make up. The grip and fore end should go much faster. Especially because I won't lose so much to run off. The way I built the fore end it should help pool the resin in place and harden nicely. Then I'll just mount it up in a jig and run a router blade down the middle for a smooth perfectly straight channel for the barrel. Like I said, I'm going to try to get the correct diameter pillars tonight or tomorrow and get those locked in place so the screws have something more substantial to tighten through.

Thanks for the support keep checking in!
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Old 04-21-2011, 05:32 PM
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Re: Rifle Stock Build Project

UPDATE

So... the buttstock is almost finished. There were very minor air bubbles that formed some pockets that need to be filled, but overall, the trigger grip and buttpiece itself are extremely close to the shape and finish I want. So... with that in mind I moved onto the foreend. A very close friend of mine is a plastics engineer with three master's degrees on the subject. It turns out, a poured resin is much stronger than a layered resin. Which is why when you layer fiberglass you use the matting to give it substance and strength. With that in mind, I opted to save some time, and pour the foreend. I took a 2.5" cardboard tube and sealed it to the trigger grip using a rubber glove and a ton of electrical tape. Then... I centered the foreend frame as best I could in the tube and filled with about 1/3 gallon of resin. We'll see tomorrow how she turns out. So long as everything hardens properly, I should have minimal sanding and layering to do. The plan is to take the stock once set up, and to align it plumb in a vise. Then I will set up a jig using plywood and runners, and take my router, and cut a channel for the barrel, and make the appropriate cuts for the action, and trigger assembly. Once I get it close, I will epoxy it in place get an absolute tight fit.

For now... enjoy the updated pics




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Old 04-21-2011, 06:28 PM
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Re: Rifle Stock Build Project

Wow, that's a lot of resin! Sounds faster, as well.
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Old 04-21-2011, 06:43 PM
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Re: Rifle Stock Build Project

Definitely faster. Took me maybe 5 mins to set it up and maybe 15 mins mixing and pouring. Not bad at all. I can't wait to rip the tube off tomorrow
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Old 04-23-2011, 10:57 AM
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Re: Rifle Stock Build Project

FUNDAMENTAL FAILURE

The resin cured so hard it actually got brittle and cracked up in several spots. So... looks like starting over. Going to break all the fore end resin off and just do it how I did the butt stock: layer by layer. Oh well.
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Old 04-23-2011, 02:07 PM
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Re: Rifle Stock Build Project

Tough break.

I think it's like concrete. What really holds the strength is the rebar/fiber.
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