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Offline Buckaroo Lou

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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
« 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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Offline Kent Shootwell

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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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« 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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Re: building a Sharps
« Reply #40 on: January 15, 2020, 04:11:19 pm »
Outstanding! I am really enjoying this thread. Please keep the photos coming.
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« Reply #41 on: January 15, 2020, 05:04:23 pm »
I just got through doing this on my 73 the easy way with a semi inlet stock. I?ve only done two from a blank and what Kent is doing is not for the faint of heart. Beautiful work there Kent. Endeavor to persevere.
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Re: building a Sharps
« Reply #42 on: January 15, 2020, 08:05:41 pm »
Outstanding work, Kent. I envy your abilities. I fitted a "pre-inletted" buttstock and forend on a Rem Rolling Block action and a Badger #1 heavy barrel. Took me a month and the buttplate took about two of those weeks. Turned out OK, but nothing like your project is proceeding. Keep posting the pictures of your progress. Kudos to you, sir.
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Re: building a Sharps
« Reply #43 on: January 15, 2020, 10:54:59 pm »
Holy cow pies, Kent

First a log cabin, now a Sharps. What's next? You going to build a car?

Seriously, superior work and photos. I'm beyond green (maybe brown) with envy.

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Re: building a Sharps
« Reply #44 on: January 16, 2020, 10:22:26 am »
I?m glad you guys are finding this interesting. The cabin was hard for me as I have little understanding of how or why to do things to accomplish the work. This is a straight forward project since this is exactly what I did for a living at one time.
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Re: building a Sharps
« Reply #45 on: January 17, 2020, 11:38:49 am »
There's likely a job opportunity for you at Shiloh or C. Sharps ...  ;)
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« Reply #46 on: January 17, 2020, 01:21:15 pm »
Been there done that. Retired and staying that way!
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Re: building a Sharps
« Reply #47 on: January 22, 2020, 07:23:12 pm »
That is very interesting, congratulations on such a fine build. I learned a long time ago that I wouldn't live in, drive or shoot anything I would build...
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« Reply #48 on: January 24, 2020, 11:12:12 am »
Had to take a short break from things to help some doctors make their boat payments. I got to ride a cat scan, have a EKG, donate some blood and various other thrills. Now I get to carry nitroglycerin around. I question the wisdom of anyone that would trust me with that.
Got the action in and working so stated on the butt plate.
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Re: building a Sharps
« Reply #49 on: January 24, 2020, 11:12:51 pm »
Vert nice. Looks like it is coming right along.

Did you cut and fit the stock to the receiver by hand or do you have the equipment to copy a stock and then do the final fitting by hand?
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