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Old 03-24-2021, 08:14 PM
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All I am doing is shortening an OEM stock but considering only tools were a $8 coping saw, small wood chisel, and a dremel, and zero woodworking experience (never underestimate the power of watching a buttload of youtube wordworking vids however), this came out pretty darn good by my standards.

The factory buttplate is not quite a clean fit, but no worse than how it fit from the factory, so I'll call it good.

The notch at the top is not as precise as the factory cut but at least it's clean.
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Not bad. I was just looking at one of these last night and noticing how imprecise it is from the factory, and what I'd have to do if I needed to fit this to a stock. It looks pretty near perfect to me! I think they must run it over the sander after final fit to contour the butt plastic to the stock, then apply the wood finish over that, because there were traces of the wood finish overlapping onto the butt plastic.
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Old 03-24-2021, 10:58 PM
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I think you are doing a fantastic job. I shortened my 10/22 for my son many years ago. It did not come out 1/2 as good as yours so you should be real proud to display your work.
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Old 03-25-2021, 09:52 AM
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Thanks all!

Also gonna reprofile the forearm end a bit, make it look a little niftier.

If I am gonna screw this up somehow, history foretells that it will be in the refinishing.

Despite all the internet wisdom on various oils and waxes and whatever I will probably just pull down a can of minwax stain and then spray it with a couple coats of water based polyurethane.
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Very nice work. It's hard to believe this is your first attempt. If you're going to just spray it and be done, I would recommend using lacquer over using the polyurethane. It looks better, is not as picky as to how soon the subsequent coats need to be applied, and you can build up, sand, build up and sand to your heart's content, since the lacquer becomes one homogenous top coat.
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Very nice work. It's hard to believe this is your first attempt. If you're going to just spray it and be done, I would recommend using lacquer over using the polyurethane. It looks better, is not as picky as to how soon the subsequent coats need to be applied, and you can build up, sand, build up and sand to your heart's content, since the lacquer becomes one homogenous top coat.
THIS - The other way is good ol' TruOil and at minimum 4 coats.
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Old 03-25-2021, 01:54 PM
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Very nice work. It's hard to believe this is your first attempt. If you're going to just spray it and be done, I would recommend using lacquer over using the polyurethane. It looks better, is not as picky as to how soon the subsequent coats need to be applied, and you can build up, sand, build up and sand to your heart's content, since the lacquer becomes one homogenous top coat.
Cool, thanks! So, something like this?

https://www.lowes.com/pd/Minwax-Glos...l-oz/999913803
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Not bad. I was just looking at one of these last night and noticing how imprecise it is from the factory, and what I'd have to do if I needed to fit this to a stock. It looks pretty near perfect to me! I think they must run it over the sander after final fit to contour the butt plastic to the stock, then apply the wood finish over that, because there were traces of the wood finish overlapping onto the butt plastic.
Mine was not so well lined up. There was an obvious step between the stock and the plate on mine.

That is gonna be a huge PITA since now that the stock is shorter and therefore narrower, the top of the plate still has that step, but the bottom of the plate needs to be trimmed off, and my OCD is gonna demand that I make the step uniform all the way around. The plastic is super hard to sand.

So I gotta figure out if I am gonna buy a cheap belt sander to mount in a vise or just a decent file. Probably try the file first. Then will have to try to sand/polish so the edges don't look like a rat was gnawing on them.
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Maybe try scraping it with a sharp blade held at a 90 angle?
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Nice, your standards must be pretty high.
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Maybe try scraping it with a sharp blade held at a 90 angle?
Ha!

I was hitting the edges of that thing (the top screw in bit) with a dremel sanding drum, like 80 grit or something, trying to bevel off the inside edges, and it barely made a dent.

Well, we'll see. Hopefully my patience doesn't run out to the point where I just start hacking at it with a pair of wire cutters or something.
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Nice, your standards must be pretty high.
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Hopefully my patience doesn't run out to the point where I just start hacking at it with a pair of wire cutters or something.
I hope so too!

INCREDIBLE quality/ATD so far, would be a shame
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