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Old 03-18-2019, 12:19 PM
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I have been sanding out the barrel channels of stocks for a couple of years with sandpaper and a wooden dowel. And there is nothing wrong with that technique. But I just want to put in a plug for Gunline Tools 1-inch barrel bedding tool. Looks like this:



Man. I just did two stocks in 1/4 the time it would have taken me to do one in the past. I know it is a funny looking thing, but I just appreciate so much a well-designed tool that's perfect for its intended purpose. It was a bit expensive, but easy to rationalize as a one-time purchase in terms of time saved.

. . . Ok. Carry on.
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I always do it the HARD way.. been going to pop for that tool for years... gotta get one!
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I got that tool from Brownell's years ago and probably did a couple dozen guns with it since then. Every time I see someone talk about a dowel and sandpaper I just shake my head. GREAT tool.
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I have a couple different sizes of that tool, they are fast and accurate.
One caution, tape the area off so you don't damage finished wood if it accidentally rides up and out of the channel on those sharp discs.
I got lazy once and got a nice scratch in the finished edge of the channel.
Had to go to the mirror and wipe the STUPID off my forehead.
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I have one of those tools that I bought from Frank Mittermeyer in the 50's. I never understood why any one would sand a barrel channel with a dowel.


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I've had one (actually two with different diameter cutters) of those for many years and flangster is right, they can work well and faster. I've found, though, that with a tapered barrel channel, the dowel and sandpaper provide more control. And many times, I've found using deep sockets is even better than a dowel as you have multiple choices for the diameter you need.

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I have been sanding out the barrel channels of stocks for a couple of years with sandpaper and a wooden dowel. And there is nothing wrong with that technique. But I just want to put in a plug for Gunline Tools 1-inch barrel bedding tool. Looks like this:



Man. I just did two stocks in 1/4 the time it would have taken me to do one in the past. I know it is a funny looking thing, but I just appreciate so much a well-designed tool that's perfect for its intended purpose. It was a bit expensive, but easy to rationalize as a one-time purchase in terms of time saved.

. . . Ok. Carry on.
Fancy lookin' scraper you got there. How much sanding is required after using it?
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I didn't do any, but a better woodworker might have smoothed things down before sealing.

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I have a small drum sander bout an inch long that has replaceable paper with different size grits. Its mounted on a long rod. It will ride out of the channel on ya though if one isn't too careful especially at low rpm's. Barrel channel sanding is why I got it however they make other drum diameter sizes.
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When I first needed one, Brownells had zero in stock for a long time. I called Gunline up and they were about the nicest people you could ever meet. Ordering from them was not click and buy, but worth it. Print out the order form, fill it out, scan it, and email it to them.
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