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Offline Ats5331

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Mistakes are the best teachers
« on: November 15, 2023, 06:28:44 AM »
Laying out a bucks county tonight, was going alright until I went to cut the forestock profile. Needless to say, it didnít go well.

I know mistakes are part of learning, but jeez I hate making them!

Is it me or does anyone else get extremely anxious with how skinny and slim the Bucks county rifles are??

Maybe itís just one of those nights in the shopÖ

Offline Bob Gerard

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Re: Mistakes are the best teachers
« Reply #1 on: November 15, 2023, 03:31:26 PM »
Ok- what happened?

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Re: Mistakes are the best teachers
« Reply #2 on: November 15, 2023, 05:54:22 PM »
Bandsaw blade bucked on me, which never happened before. Took out a good hunk at the lock panel area. Not sure if there is still enough meat to continue. Might need to pull another stock and use it.

Iím still investigating what happened with the bandsaw..it seems like the tightness on my blade changes throughout cuts. I tightened it right beforehand and I think it somehow came loose.

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Re: Mistakes are the best teachers
« Reply #3 on: November 15, 2023, 08:08:29 PM »
Sounds like the idler wheel and or idler bearing are worn. It will cause variable tension.

However, if your blade ďbuckedĒ as you say, it sounds like it was clogged up, maybe using too fine a tpi for the thickness.

You should have no less than 3 teeth engaged in the work and no more than 24. If youíre pushing so hard that one slip takes out a lock panel, your blade is likely too fine and or clogged/damaged.

Broken and damaged teeth will also cause issues. Make sure the blade doesnít hit anything hard when opening, donít throw the blade and run.

Also, buy quality blades, donít cheap out on this. I know because I sell them for a living.

Hope that helps.

-Ryan

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Re: Mistakes are the best teachers
« Reply #4 on: November 15, 2023, 08:41:00 PM »
Glue to chunk back in. The old masters would have.
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Re: Mistakes are the best teachers
« Reply #5 on: November 16, 2023, 12:19:31 AM »
Glad you werenít injured at least.

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Re: Mistakes are the best teachers
« Reply #6 on: November 16, 2023, 02:07:51 AM »
I have found that using 18th century tools to re-create 18th century weapons makes for a less nerve racking and more controlled experience.
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Re: Mistakes are the best teachers
« Reply #7 on: November 16, 2023, 05:20:22 AM »
Yeah, looking at it tonight, it may be useable but this sucker is skinny now.

Pulled another stock, got all laid out again and used handsaws. Came out nice and clean. Somewhere the old timers are laughing at me complaining about a bandsaw haha.

Thanks for withstanding my rant, gents!

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Re: Mistakes are the best teachers
« Reply #8 on: November 16, 2023, 11:48:53 PM »
Is it me or does anyone else get extremely anxious with how skinny and slim the Bucks county rifles are??

Skinny, for sure! Here's something for you to shoot for. This is the muzzle end of an original George Weiker Bucks County rifle.




John Robbins