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Re: Finishing a 3/4 Scale Rifle From Mid-build......Re-Start of Work
« Reply #25 on: July 04, 2016, 01:49:03 AM »
Soooo........Now I have three projects in work simultaneously.  This is the third one I am working on and trying to get done.  And, I must say, working on this little rifle is a delight.  It is just the right size for a lady or a child but it fits me well and is so easy to handle. 

Anyway, a while back, one of the members here (sorry I can't remember who) posted a link to a British fellow who had a woodworking tip on how to make a quick, inexpensive "beading tool".  I clicked on these two links:





Now I have made and tried a great variety of tools to aid in getting nice straight beads / moldings along ram rod channels etc.  Some photos:

Scratch stock :



Home made molding plane:





A beading scraper that rides a brass rod placed in the ram rod channel:



Individual form scrapers:



And I have used Acer's method of drawing a nice straight pencil line, following that with a veiner, and then straightening with a file, etc.  They all work and all have their utility but all of them rely on getting the first line nice and straight.  So when I saw the above links I thought, wow, that might be an easy way to get that first straight groove in place easily.  So I made this very complicated tool:



And then ran it up and down the ram rod channel lips on the little rifle.....like this.....



I used it first as a marking gage with just the smooth edge of the screw indenting a line in the maple.  Then I turned it so that the screw slot actually cut wood.  I have to tell you, that was the quickest, easiest, most sure fire way I have put a very straight groove in the forstock without fighting the grain or the natural wobble of the other tools / methods I tried.  Just thought I would report in on this while I re-start work on the little rifle.

Happy 4th !!!
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Re: Finishing a 3/4 Scale Rifle From Mid-build......Re-Start of Work
« Reply #26 on: July 04, 2016, 05:54:40 PM »
I love it!
I'll be trying it very soon. 

Thanks Dave,

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Re: Finishing a 3/4 Scale Rifle From Mid-build......Re-Start of Work
« Reply #27 on: July 04, 2016, 06:17:05 PM »
 Those Scraper/Jigs are great, make mine look like Flea Market finds.

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Re: Finishing a 3/4 Scale Rifle From Mid-build......Re-Start of Work
« Reply #28 on: July 04, 2016, 06:38:48 PM »
Thanks, Dave. Happy 4th.
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Re: Finishing a 3/4 Scale Rifle From Mid-build......Re-Start of Work
« Reply #29 on: November 17, 2016, 01:12:12 AM »
Another project on hold for many months due to work.....However, I promised the owner that I would try to get this one finished for him before the holidays, so I am stepping out smartly as of today.  Cut the rear sight dove tail, fitted the sight, and then finished the cast surfaces.  Will make the silver front sight later today and solder it on. Staring on the rest of the carving and stock finishing now.




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Re: Finishing a 3/4 Scale Rifle From Mid-build......Re-Start of Work
« Reply #30 on: November 17, 2016, 03:32:06 AM »
Glad to see you're back at it Dave!  The rifle looks fantastic! Great job. Can't wait to see it finished.

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Re: Finishing a 3/4 Scale Rifle From Mid-build......Re-Start of Work
« Reply #31 on: November 20, 2016, 07:35:39 PM »
Carving is the next step and deciding on the design is always the hardest part for me.  This is the second set of "on stock" sketches for this little rifle and, if I go with these, they will also morph into something similar but different as I start cutting.








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Re: Finishing a 3/4 Scale Rifle From Mid-build......Start of the Stock Carving
« Reply #32 on: November 20, 2016, 08:13:44 PM »
She's gonna be a beaut dave!

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Re: Finishing a 3/4 Scale Rifle From Mid-build......Start of the Stock Carving
« Reply #33 on: November 20, 2016, 09:05:28 PM »
Jaw dropping!
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Re: Finishing a 3/4 Scale Rifle From Mid-build......Start of the Stock Carving
« Reply #34 on: November 20, 2016, 10:58:09 PM »
Excellent workmanship. This should be a tutorial. So many well done photos. Very impressed. Thank you....Mike

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Re: Finishing a 3/4 Scale Rifle From Mid-build......Start of the Stock Carving
« Reply #35 on: November 21, 2016, 03:49:25 AM »
Covered some ground today in getting the carving completed........The breech area....start of the carving.........





Also worked on the butt today as well......



Not done, but coming along........




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Re: Finishing a 3/4 Scale Rifle From Mid-build......Finishing Operations
« Reply #36 on: November 24, 2016, 12:20:14 AM »
Staining (AF) and first of the Sutherland & Wells Tung oil finish going on......





One more pass at polishing the barrel steel before finishing.......





And finishing the metal........









Couple more days of stock finishing and this should be done.  Very cute rifle.  May have to build one this size for myself.




« Last Edit: January 29, 2020, 06:12:15 AM by davec2 »
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Re: Finishing a 3/4 Scale Rifle From Mid-build......Finishing Operations
« Reply #37 on: November 24, 2016, 01:13:39 AM »
Looking good!
Can't wait to see the finished piece photos. Thanks for taking us along on this project, Dave!

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Re: Finishing a 3/4 Scale Rifle From Mid-build......Finishing Operations
« Reply #38 on: November 24, 2016, 06:32:48 AM »
No doubt about it: When you get working, things move fast. Looks great!

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Re: Finishing a 3/4 Scale Rifle From Mid-build......Finishing Operations
« Reply #39 on: November 24, 2016, 05:39:51 PM »
Hi Dave.  That metal finishing work looks a lot like the results Ed Wenger achieves.  I really like it!   Great warmth in that look.  Marc

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Re: Finishing a 3/4 Scale Rifle From Mid-build......Finishing Operations
« Reply #40 on: November 24, 2016, 07:08:37 PM »
Ya man nicely done,that metal finish looks great!Patch box detail looks great as well

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Re: Finishing a 3/4 Scale Rifle From Mid-build......Finishing Operations
« Reply #41 on: November 25, 2016, 03:42:31 AM »
Awesome, Dave.  Love your work, great stuff!


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Re: Finishing a 3/4 Scale Rifle From Mid-build......Finishing Operations
« Reply #42 on: November 25, 2016, 04:22:52 AM »
I'm on board with all the rest of your admirers Dave.  Question:  did you use a centre drill for your tang screw hole in the tang?
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Re: Finishing a 3/4 Scale Rifle From Mid-build......Finishing Operations
« Reply #43 on: November 26, 2016, 06:33:00 AM »
Taylor,

The tang screw hole was already drilled when I received the parts but it was off center and not countersunk.  I used an end mill to move it over as much as I could (not perfect, but much better) and then used a standard countersink on it.  Since I make all my tang screws from scratch, I can always match the head diameter of the screw to the diameter of the countersink.
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Re: Finishing a 3/4 Scale Rifle From Mid-build......Finishing Operations
« Reply #44 on: November 27, 2016, 05:55:09 AM »
I love that little rifle! Fantastic job.

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Re: Finishing a 3/4 Scale Rifle From Mid-build......Completed !!!
« Reply #45 on: November 28, 2016, 04:13:51 AM »
Completed the little rifle over the Thanksgiving weekend.  Here we go with perhaps too many photos, but I like to see others work in detail, so here goes:

A reminder of where this all started:



A comparison between the little rifle and what I consider to be a full size rifle.  The larger one has a 42 inch barrel and the little one has a 30.5 inch barrel.  The pull on the little rifle is 13 inches and on the large one, 13.25 inches.  So the little rifle can easily be shot by an adult but is easy to handle and light enough for a young person or a petite lady.





Details of various parts:





































Now back to work on the blunderbuss !!!  And a second one I am on the hook for !!!
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Re: Finishing a 3/4 Scale Rifle From Mid-build......Completed !!!
« Reply #46 on: November 28, 2016, 04:53:21 AM »
Wonderful!  Your work is always inspiring.
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Re: Finishing a 3/4 Scale Rifle From Mid-build......Completed !!!
« Reply #47 on: November 28, 2016, 05:10:34 AM »
Dave2c that is one mighty fine little rifle. Mighty fine!!!!!!! Mike

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Re: Finishing a 3/4 Scale Rifle From Mid-build......Completed !!!
« Reply #48 on: November 28, 2016, 05:35:27 AM »
Dave, you did a really nice job on it.  I'd like to see your technique for carving those volutes on the butt and near the entry pipe.
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Re: Finishing a 3/4 Scale Rifle From Mid-build......Completed !!!
« Reply #49 on: November 28, 2016, 10:58:43 PM »
Love it!  :)
I find the finish on the lock particularly fetching!
Thank you for the pictures.