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Old 10-02-2012, 11:49 AM
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hey guys. I'm working on making a couple walnut stocks. I am new to stock buildin but I am a full time woodworker of 12+ years building furniture.

I set aside some wood for a few walnut stocks with some nice crotch grain. I rough cut them and they have been sitting for a year or so. Well today I decided to get working on them. my wood was 2 1/4" thick rough sawn. I hat to face joint them to get them nice and flat and then plane smooth. I took off just enough to make it totally flat stock, but now I am at only 1 7/8 " and one is down to 1 13/16". is this too think for a 10/22 stock?
my Baracuda stock is almost 2 1/4" thick where my old factory ruger is maybe 1 7/8'?

can I get by going this thin?

not sure I want to go farther on this unless I think it will be thick enough. worse case I could resaw them in half and laminate a piece of birdseye maple in the middle or something.
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Old 10-03-2012, 05:08 PM
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Stock Thickness

AZ Guy is a fantastic stock maker. He should be able to assist you in just what you need - EXPERT advice.
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Old 10-03-2012, 08:27 PM
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Not sure about the fantastic......but I try. Look, the thickness needed in your blank depends on the stock you want to make. A simple classic stock you could do probably. But anything beyond that, possibly not. Again, depends on how thick YOU want your stock to be. I have used 2" blanks and I have used 3" blanks. What YOU want tells you what you need. I know that's not much help but it is the truth.
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Old 10-04-2012, 06:48 AM
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I decided they were not going to be thick enough in the forarm for me to get what i want. I resawed them and made one blank with Birdseye Maple in the middle and two that are just walnut. Laminating them should make for a more stable piece of wood anyways.
I talked to my lumber guy that custom saws stuff for me. hes going to get some walnut stumps that should have nice grain and cut them about 2 3/4" thick. will be quite a while before they are dried and stabalized to use though.
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Old 10-04-2012, 08:51 AM
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Nice... I like walnut on walnut laminates. 1 7/8" may be enough for a slim sporter but without a cheekpiece or much cast on/off in the butt. Kinda depends on the rifle and stock you want. 1 13/16" sounds like a good candidate for a laminate.

Pics of the blanks would be great
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