Rosewood Martini Stock project - Pic heavy.

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  • Rosewood Martini Stock project - Pic heavy.

    I had started this project while on Shooting.com.au and I know it had the odd follower so I thought I would bring it back to life.
    It all started when I bought my first Martini a .222 rimmed that was sold with a "custom" stock, well custom turned out to be home made and I was so disappointed I thought I would try my hand at stock building. It's taking heaps longer than I thought due to time constraints with away shooting comps, club duties and kids etc but I will get there....
    It started with an old block of Rosewood I had under the house, it was way to thick and the only way I could cut it was by hand....
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    a bit of elbow grease and a beer later and it was rough cut, so I ran the choice side through the planer to give me a smooth working and marking surface. Once planed smooth I checked the grain carefully to locate the best template placement, I knew this timber had some nice grain to show off.
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    I thickness the slab to the point where it could be cut with a normal jigsaw, I wanted to keep it as thick as possible here to allow plenty of room for error.
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    In this photo you can just see the tiger striping across the grain.
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    I was always concerned about the bolt hole as it is so long through the stock, so I braced it level and drilled by hand from each end, it is a stepped hole and as you can see here I was lucky enough to get pretty good alignment.
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    Next was shaping the front of the stock to the action, I thought it best to get the mechanical side of the woodwork correct before shaping the stock.
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    Here you see the action fitted to the blank, at this point I checked to ensure the bolt would screw in as well. Action was slightly low but a some fine filing brought it up straight.
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    So with all the mechanical fitment done it was time for the cool part, out came the flapper disc and sawdust went everywhere, I went up on the grass in the back yard!
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    Seems I can only upload 8 photos so will continue next post.

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    OK part 2.
    Here starting to take shape far side.
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    and near side, the cheek piece was gonna look great with the woodgrain.
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    I wet it up a bit to see what colour we might see....
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    Here sanded 120 grit.
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    Here 240, still rubbing!
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    the 000 steel wool brought the grain up really well, at this point I just wanted to leave it be but it had to be sealed.
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    Here with timber sealer.
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    And last one here this is buffed with carnuba wax showing the brass butt plate, I have more pics but this post is busy enough.!
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    Still working on the fore stock, as I am making a benchrest and a hunting version, will post them up when they start looking like something at the moment they are both still in the rough.

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    • #3
      Well done mate, what a beautiful job you've made of that, nice choice of wood too.
      Whacking Varmints is my passion!

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      • #4
        Looking good mate, all hand tools too
        No charge for awesomeness or sexiness.

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        • moofy07
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          You've done a great job of mate, congrats.

      • #5
        You've done a great job on that, Danny - Well done

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        • #6
          Mate you make it all look easy :P ...

          Nice job, good to see a great result...

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          • #7
            Gidday Havoc, that stock looks great, I see they have left enough wood to slightly inlet the lever. That's cool because you will be able to have a flush pistol grip, shaping the lever wont be hard for someone in your trade..bit of heat bit of bend etc let us know how you go.

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              I actually wasn't planning on making the lever recessed, I was going to run it on the outside of the wood following the radius and leave a 3/4 inch tang sticking out the bottom to be pushed with the shooters thumb.
              Anyone got any pointers for bending the lever?...looks straight forward but previous experience in bending them and advice would be appreciated.

          • #8
            Gday Havoc,i suppose you have finished this build .Just heat and bend with a ring spanner.Here is one I made in the 70's ,lever is recessed and receiver is cut out for side loading .Fred.
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            • #9
              these little martini's sure do come up nice dont they.
              i dont own one.
              but its on the to do list.

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                Yes, mine is sort of finished, I need to re-do the forestock, its still in the original laquer but kind of matches the re-finished walnut butstock.
                Pics of finished rifle
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                And this is how it shoots 5 shots at 50 meters using weight sorted CCI standard velocity ammo, the orange sticker is 1 inch diameter, the inner circle is a half inch
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            • #10
              Some great wood working skills on display in this topic - Well done, fellas
              I can't believe how well some of these little martini actions shoot either.

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