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Re: building a Sharps
« Reply #20 on: January 01, 2020, 07:24:31 AM »
I'm liking this!.....
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Re: building a Sharps
« Reply #21 on: January 02, 2020, 01:30:50 PM »
The forearm and lock screws need escutcheons so I made them and a tool to cut the mortices.

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Re: building a Sharps
« Reply #22 on: January 03, 2020, 09:31:03 AM »

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Re: building a Sharps
« Reply #23 on: January 03, 2020, 01:18:41 PM »
I love people with true talent. Keep it up Kent. You might not Shootwell [which I don?t believe] but you sure can buildwell.
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Re: building a Sharps
« Reply #24 on: January 03, 2020, 05:18:01 PM »
Ed, when I show up at a shoot everybody is happy because they know they won?t be in last place!  :o
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Re: building a Sharps
« Reply #25 on: January 04, 2020, 12:57:19 PM »
I can only wish I had the talent and equipment to do this kind of stuff. I admire your talent and abilities and must admit i'm envious. Waiting anxiously for photos of the final product.
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Re: building a Sharps
« Reply #26 on: January 07, 2020, 12:58:37 PM »
The forearm is all roughed out and carved for the Hartford tip. A bit more refining and then I'll pour the tip.

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Re: building a Sharps
« Reply #27 on: January 08, 2020, 11:03:13 AM »
Looking good Ken . Going to be a very good looking rifle .,,,DT

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Re: building a Sharps
« Reply #28 on: January 08, 2020, 11:13:26 PM »
How art thou accomplishing the stock carving?
Do you have a jig, or a copycarver for your router?

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Re: building a Sharps
« Reply #29 on: January 09, 2020, 08:35:05 AM »
The carving is done with two chisels and the tool I made for the escutcheons. The primary one is about 3/8? wide and the other about 1/16? wide. Then a small file to smooth the edges.
I poured the tip yesterday and failed. The tablet backing I used as a form didn?t conform correctly to the stock and produced two low spots that ruined the casting. I?m sure it can?t be saved so will dig up another piece of wood for the forearm. It?s been a long time since the last Hartford tip I poured and the first one that didn?t work. Good thing it?s just for ?fun??
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Re: building a Sharps
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Re: building a Sharps
« Reply #30 on: January 09, 2020, 03:38:20 PM »
Oh, that is beautiful work! My pathetic attempts at chisel inlet work look pretty bad...

Rather than wasting all the work on the wood, could you possibley fill in the low spots with ?soldering? as tho you were going auto body ?lead work?,  using the same pewterish material?

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Re: building a Sharps
« Reply #31 on: January 10, 2020, 12:40:30 PM »
I did try while the metal was still warm to solder it but was unsuccessful. A buddy has a lot of walnut that is from 5 to 30 years in storage so he gave me a chunk that is a close match in color to mine. Removing the metal from the wood needed to be done so as a challenge I tried to do it with out damaging it. Very low expectations of success yet worth a go. It came out fairly good so I figured maybe it could be salvaged or at lest it?s good practice. Surprise, surprise, it worked. Some careful detailing should bring it up to standards. Later today after I calm down I?ll do the finial shaping and start the polishing.
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Re: building a Sharps
« Reply #32 on: January 10, 2020, 01:48:52 PM »
I firmly believe that it?s the little details done well that make an average build into something special.
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Re: building a Sharps
« Reply #33 on: January 10, 2020, 04:38:09 PM »
Here it is polished enough for now.
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Re: building a Sharps
« Reply #34 on: January 10, 2020, 04:55:20 PM »
Looks fantastic! I have never poured a pewter nose cap and have no idea how it is done. I am sure there might be tutorials on youtube. How does it keep from burning the wood?
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Re: building a Sharps
« Reply #35 on: January 10, 2020, 05:02:38 PM »
WOW!
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Re: building a Sharps
« Reply #36 on: January 11, 2020, 10:43:42 AM »
The melting temperature of tin is 477 degrees. The metal I use has a bit of antimony in it as well. When the pour is made it cools quickly and doesn?t burn the wood at all. The whole cap is on average about 1/8? thick. I use tablet backing for the form along with bits of wood all taped on to pour into. The tape is the only thing that can?t be reused.
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Re: building a Sharps
« Reply #37 on: January 11, 2020, 02:58:55 PM »
That came out beautifully! Well done!
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Re: building a Sharps
« Reply #38 on: January 12, 2020, 10:44:34 AM »

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Re: building a Sharps
« Reply #39 on: January 15, 2020, 12:00:29 PM »
Yesterdays work went well. The action is roughed in and just needs seated back to full contact and screwed down. Then the lock plate can be set in. Good figure is starting to show as the wood gets closer to finial size.

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