Author Topic: building a Sharps  (Read 2715 times)

Offline Kent Shootwell

  • Top Active Citizen
  • *
  • Posts: 558
  • Got whiskey, will stumble.
Re: building a Sharps
« Reply #50 on: January 25, 2020, 09:21:49 am »
Thanks Lou. I haven't any equipment to copy a stock. That would also mean I'd have to make pattern as well. This one is all chisels, files, and scrapers.
The only special equipment I have is a heat treat furnace for the color case hardening. I used to do that as a side job and for my own work.
Here's a sample form back in the day. The engraving isn't my work though. I don't have near enough talent for that!

 2015-08-18 001 2015-08-18 002 by Oliver Sudden, on Flickr
Little powder much lead shoots far kills dead.
Member, whiskey livers

Online Coffinmaker

  • Top Active Citizen
  • *
  • Posts: 5841
Re: building a Sharps
« Reply #51 on: January 26, 2020, 10:23:50 am »

I have to agree completely with Kent.  There is a certain wonderfulness being retired.  I've retired from three different careers.  Retirement is my fourth and last career.  I intend, this time, to stay retired.  And That's The Way it IS.

That rifle you're building is absolutely the Beez Kneez.  Absolutely gorgeous work.  As a Master Cabinet Maker (Retired) I am just drooling over the stock work and just can't hardly wait for the finish to go on.  Wish it were MINE!!

Offline Kent Shootwell

  • Top Active Citizen
  • *
  • Posts: 558
  • Got whiskey, will stumble.
Re: building a Sharps
« Reply #52 on: January 30, 2020, 12:31:00 pm »
Got the most part of the rough shaping done and stuck enough of it together to see how it fits. I think it will do. A bit more shaping then sanding and the finish work can start. Had to wet it to bring out the figure that is showing up well. The other side is nicer.
I imagine some one will start waving big handfuls of cash around after plying me with copious amounts of whiskey someday and have this one. NOT! It's the only one I made for me and I'm keeping it.
IMG_0492 by Oliver Sudden, on Flickr
Little powder much lead shoots far kills dead.
Member, whiskey livers

Offline dusty texian

  • Chief Scout Wehmeyer Ranch's.
  • Top Active Citizen
  • *
  • Posts: 1853
  • Dusty Texian
Re: building a Sharps
« Reply #53 on: January 30, 2020, 12:43:03 pm »
That'a a dandy looking Sharp's Kent . Great craftsmanship .,,,DT

Offline Professor Marvel

  • purveyor of useless items to the gentry
  • American Plainsmen Society
  • Top Active Citizen
  • *
  • Posts: 2325
  • learn from the past, or be doomed to repeat it
Re: building a Sharps
« Reply #54 on: January 30, 2020, 04:02:18 pm »
Ooooh Kent , this Sharps is going so beautifully!

every now and then I think about posting one of my abominations  debacles projects and then I see work like this and say
Prof, A Man has To Know His Limitaitons!

yhs
prof (not so marvelous at this kind of work!)
Your Humble Servant
~~~~~Professor Algernon Horatio Ubiquitous Marvel The First~~~~~~
President, CEO, Chairman,  and Chief Bottle Washer of
Professor Marvel's
Traveling Apothecary
and
Fortune Telling Emporium


Acclaimed By The Crowned Heads of Europe
Purveyor of Patent Remedies, Snake Oil, Powder, Percussion Caps, Cleaning Supplies, Dry Goods,
and
Picture Postcards

Offering Unwanted Advice for All Occasions
and
Providing Useless Items to the Gentry
Since 1822
[
Available by Appointment for Lectures on Any Topic

Online Coal Creek Griff

  • Top Active Citizen
  • *
  • Posts: 1792
Re: building a Sharps
« Reply #55 on: January 30, 2020, 04:44:30 pm »
I was going to ask for the sale price (measured in whiskey), but I won't.  Then I was going to post a photo of a rubber band gun that I made out of popsicle sticks, but the gun fell apart before I could take the picture.  I'll just have to stick with marveling at the work that you've done and congratulating you!  You are really going to enjoy this one!

CC Griff
Manager, WT Ranch--Coal Creek Division

BOLD #921
BOSS #196
1860 Henry Rifle Shooter #173
SSS #573

Offline Buckaroo Lou

  • Top Active Citizen
  • *
  • Posts: 245
Re: building a Sharps
« Reply #56 on: January 30, 2020, 07:44:56 pm »
Oh Man, Oh Man! What an awesome looking rifle! I am sooooo jealous. You are a man of true talent!
A man's true measure is found not in what he says but in what he does.

Offline Kent Shootwell

  • Top Active Citizen
  • *
  • Posts: 558
  • Got whiskey, will stumble.
Re: building a Sharps
« Reply #57 on: February 07, 2020, 02:20:18 pm »
Thanks guys, the stock finish is started. I do a sanded in finish and at this point the surface is the slurry that is the wood and oil that is produced by sanding wet with 320 grit wet or dry paper. Then sanded again after drying leaving the slurry to dry again. I'll wet sand it once or twice more to remove the slurry. By wet I mean with oil. That will leave a filled grain that has no build up to accept the finial finish. During this time I'm sanding the metal to prepare for color case hardening.
IMG_0498 by Oliver Sudden, on Flickr
Little powder much lead shoots far kills dead.
Member, whiskey livers

Offline dusty texian

  • Chief Scout Wehmeyer Ranch's.
  • Top Active Citizen
  • *
  • Posts: 1853
  • Dusty Texian
Re: building a Sharps
« Reply #58 on: February 07, 2020, 04:19:10 pm »
Beautiful piece of walnut , and craftsmanship beyond compare . Cant wait to see it all together .,,,DT

Offline Tascosa Joe

  • NCOWS
  • Top Active Citizen
  • ***
  • Posts: 2523
  • SASS #: 2770
  • NCOWS #: L-168
Re: building a Sharps
« Reply #59 on: February 26, 2020, 09:19:32 am »
Any updates on the project?
NRA Life, TSRA Life, NCOWS  Life

Offline Kent Shootwell

  • Top Active Citizen
  • *
  • Posts: 558
  • Got whiskey, will stumble.
Re: building a Sharps
« Reply #60 on: February 26, 2020, 01:11:40 pm »
Getting parts polished up for color case hardening at this time. My friend has a Stevens Favorite that he would like to have the color case redone on it so I've been coaching him on that this week. He one of those working people so it's hit and miss when he can stop by. Maybe we can fire up the oven in a week or two. Here are the parts that I feel are mostly done for now.

IMG_0500 by Oliver Sudden, on Flickr
Little powder much lead shoots far kills dead.
Member, whiskey livers

Offline Buckaroo Lou

  • Top Active Citizen
  • *
  • Posts: 245
Re: building a Sharps
« Reply #61 on: February 27, 2020, 12:27:22 pm »
Awesome! I am ready for it to be done so we can get to the range to see how she shoots. Just outstanding.
A man's true measure is found not in what he says but in what he does.

Offline Kent Shootwell

  • Top Active Citizen
  • *
  • Posts: 558
  • Got whiskey, will stumble.
Re: building a Sharps
« Reply #62 on: March 08, 2020, 12:06:04 pm »
Yesterday the case hardening was done, today I'll assemble the Sharps. A video of my apprentice doing the quench.

MVI_0507 by Oliver Sudden, on Flickr
Little powder much lead shoots far kills dead.
Member, whiskey livers

Offline Kent Shootwell

  • Top Active Citizen
  • *
  • Posts: 558
  • Got whiskey, will stumble.
Re: building a Sharps
« Reply #63 on: March 08, 2020, 01:51:04 pm »
A brand new Sharps.
IMG_0508 by Oliver Sudden, on Flickr
Little powder much lead shoots far kills dead.
Member, whiskey livers

Offline Buckaroo Lou

  • Top Active Citizen
  • *
  • Posts: 245
Re: building a Sharps
« Reply #64 on: March 08, 2020, 03:26:14 pm »
WOW, Kent, fabulous! As I previously stated I am sooooo envious. Wish I possessed such talent. Be sure and give us a range report.
A man's true measure is found not in what he says but in what he does.

Offline Kent Shootwell

  • Top Active Citizen
  • *
  • Posts: 558
  • Got whiskey, will stumble.
Re: building a Sharps
« Reply #65 on: March 09, 2020, 10:16:41 am »
More photos at Flicker.

IMG_0511 by Oliver Sudden, on Flickr
Little powder much lead shoots far kills dead.
Member, whiskey livers

Offline dusty texian

  • Chief Scout Wehmeyer Ranch's.
  • Top Active Citizen
  • *
  • Posts: 1853
  • Dusty Texian
Re: building a Sharps
« Reply #66 on: March 10, 2020, 06:06:28 am »
Looks really good Kent , I'm sure it is as slick as it look's . Being a .40 Cal. should make it a handy shooter . ,,,DT

Offline Baltimore Ed

  • Top Active Citizen
  • *
  • Posts: 1262
  • SASS #: 11754
Re: building a Sharps
« Reply #67 on: March 10, 2020, 11:59:29 am »
A real beauty. You done good sir.
"Give'em hell, Pike"
 There is no horse so dead that you cannot continue to beat it.

Offline Kent Shootwell

  • Top Active Citizen
  • *
  • Posts: 558
  • Got whiskey, will stumble.
Re: building a Sharps
« Reply #68 on: March 16, 2020, 11:24:14 am »
Range report 40/70 Sharps.
Loaded 65 grains of 2fg into brand new brass compressed .200" with a Remington LR primer. With one card wad, 1/8" SPG lube wad, a paper disc and a 330 paper patched bullet. Used an empty case in the chamber to bore sight the tang into place and headed to the 100 yard range. The first five shots from the bench with out wiping or blow tubing came in fair. I'll move the front sight .028" to the left then will be ready to get serious.
IMG_0517 by Oliver Sudden, on Flickr
Little powder much lead shoots far kills dead.
Member, whiskey livers

Offline Buckaroo Lou

  • Top Active Citizen
  • *
  • Posts: 245
Re: building a Sharps
« Reply #69 on: March 16, 2020, 11:40:31 am »
Kent, could you explain to us novices what you did to bore sight the tang sight with an empty case chambered? Thanks.
A man's true measure is found not in what he says but in what he does.

Offline Kent Shootwell

  • Top Active Citizen
  • *
  • Posts: 558
  • Got whiskey, will stumble.
Re: building a Sharps
« Reply #70 on: March 16, 2020, 01:59:10 pm »
Lou, the way I do it works on any gun that you can see threw the barrel. Remove the bolt, breech block or what ever then place a deprimed case in the chamber. Place the  gun in a vice or on sand bags pointed at a object that is as far away as possible and is distinct. A door knob or street light what ever you can line up on threw the barrel, the case serves as a peep sight the muzzle your front sight. Then look threw the sights with out touching the gun. Make the sights line up with the object that the bore is on. Double check each to insure both are on the mark and there you go. Bore sighting the crude and primitive way. Works for me.
Little powder much lead shoots far kills dead.
Member, whiskey livers

Offline Baltimore Ed

  • Top Active Citizen
  • *
  • Posts: 1262
  • SASS #: 11754
Re: building a Sharps
« Reply #71 on: March 18, 2020, 04:56:43 pm »
Great idea! I would expect nothing less from a man of your talents Kent. And that is one sharp looking rifle.
"Give'em hell, Pike"
 There is no horse so dead that you cannot continue to beat it.

 

SMF spam blocked by CleanTalk
Menu Editor Pro 1.0.2 | Copyright 2014, Matthew Kerle