J. C. Higgins 101.7

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing - Assembly - Finishing' started by Schattenreiter, May 26, 2020.

  1. Joshua Needham

    Joshua Needham Member Vendor

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    I use acraglass because its a proven, time tested product that I can color match with the dye they make to be compatible with the epoxy.
    I like Freekote as a release agent.
    Devcon is a popular product, but it is even more expensive.

    Have never tried using fiberglass resin, and don't have any intention of being the guinea pig on that one. lol
     
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    Arcaglass is a light duty fiberglass resin product. It works in firearms applications pretty well.

    Give fiberglass a try sometime. I think you'll be pleased with the results. I've always used fiberglass products from a marine supply store. The industrial grade fiberglass products used in marine applications are fantastic for gun applications.


    The fiberglass/resin products are plenty strong for 140mph K-Boats and 300 MPH Nitro Funny Car bodies. A gun application probably won't see the mechanical stresses like the boats and race cars. The newer products are carbon fiber based and are even stronger than the glass but you will pay a premium price for the premium product.


    Blown Alcohol K-Boat made entirely from Fiberglass/Resin and wood.
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    Fiberglass funny car body after a 294mph pass into the catch net.
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  3. Sharps40

    Sharps40 Price, it's all about the price

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    For release on all epoxies I use grease. Rig, wheel bearing, etc.

    Much easier to apply and clean off.
     
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  4. Schattenreiter

    Schattenreiter Member Supporting Member

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    Well the shape of the stock is basically done, just finish sanding now.

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    I didn't take the pistol grip area down to the slender profile of the original given the comments about strength or lack thereof in this area. The original was a little too small for my large hands but the wife tried it the way this one is and said it was fine for her small hands.

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    Have to order some Acraglass gel to bed the action and forearm iron. That will take a while to get here.

    This will likely be the last update for a while because my yard is a disaster from the storm. Lost my pecan tree and that will take me forever to get cleaned up plus all the other limbs down will take a while to clean up.

    I will get back to it a soon as I can.
     
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    Red Marley Authorized person Charter Member Supporting Member

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    That's some pretty work, Schattenreiter. Sometimes it is enough to do it just because you can. Looking forward to the finished product.
     
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    Thank you for the kind words. Yes, sometimes it is not about the destination but rather about the journey. There is no way this shotgun will ever be worth what time and material I will have in it. But who knows. Maybe a 2 year old little boy will one day cherish it because of how it came to be his. :)
     
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    I'm guessing you're the kind of guy who'll recycle that wood.

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    That would be a safe bet. I hate to waste anything. :D


    Should be enuff useful wood to make at least one set of pistol grips.
     
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  9. Schattenreiter

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    I don't think this needs explanation but I will anyway. Here is the stock sanded to 320 grit and one coat of finish (BLO) sanded in with 500 grit paper. Many more coats to come.
     
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    Stock is done. I have 10 coats of BLO sanded in with 500 grit paper. The forearm now has 3 coats on it. I will continue till it has 10 coats.

    So I guess this mean I can scratch one thing off my bucket list. Always wanted to make a stock. I think this meets that goal.


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    Man, I can't "like" this enough! Beautiful job on that wood, just the way I like it. Have you used Tru-Oil? You like the BLO better?
     
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    mj1angier old fart with no filter Benefactor Charter Life Member

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    I feel funny liking another guys wood... but dang I like your wood!


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    Yes I have used Tru-Oil in the past. I have lost count of the number of stocks I have refinished over the years and I mostly used Tru-Oil. Did one a while back and used a spray on poly. It turned out ok but nothing to write home about.

    Truth be told I used BLO on this because it is what I had at the time. I am running on a tight budget right now. Won't bore you with the details. Hopefully it will improve soon but time will tell. Doing this is what keeps me moving.
     
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    Thank you sir. Much appreciate the kind words. And feel free to like on my wood anytime :eek::oops::rolleyes::D Waiting for one of the usual suspects to show up and run with that. You know who you are. LOL
     
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    I missed a couple posts along the way - fun gettin' caught up!

    Did I already comment on how much I like your stock mounting frame? Gonna have to steal I mean, be influenced by your design!

    Beautiful work.
     
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    WOW....

    That is a fantastic looking stock. It's just amazing to look over your shoulder as you have created that .

    What a great job. I love the way the grain swirls around the pistol grip.
     
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    Be my guest. It isn't much to look at (the stock cradle that is) but it is functional. I will make modifications to it as necessary for future use. I may never make another stock but it will work for refinishing and checkering.
     
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    Looking great!
     
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    Thank you for the kind words. It has been a very satisfying experience. It took several attempt before I got the lay out just right for that to happen. I am pleased with the results. :)
     
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    Looks awesome. It was awesome seeing it from beginning to end. You are very talented.
     
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    Been slow working on this lately but managed to get this done this morning. Plan is to replicate this on the other end. Do you think it is good enuff to go with that or should I just sand it off?


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    As always negative as well as positive comments welcomed.
     
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    I think it looks fine. Good job!
     
  23. Joshua Needham

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    It wouldn't take but about 30 min to repair the checkering.
    That would be the best way to go.
    If you don't want to buy a checkering tool you could make a simple vainer in a few minutes no more than you are doing.

    I have a bunch of proper checkering tools, but also like to use a small scraper I made out of a precision triangular file in some hard to reach places.
    As simple and small as this pattern is it would be a good one to cut your teeth on.
     
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    One of us has hit his head. There is no checkering to repair. I made the forearm from scratch and decided to try checkering it. This is what it did look like.


    The plan is to repeat this on the other end of the forearm. This is what it looks like right now. I just did this a few days ago.

     
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  25. JohnFreeman

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    I like the checkering and the finish on the stock is amazing.


    I'm looking forward to the finished product!
     
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