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by Woodreaux
I've been looking for a source to learn about stock making without a pantograph / duplicator. Everything I have found so far describes starting with a semi inletted blank.

Do any of you know of a book or other resource that describes the process of Inletting by hand from the blank?
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by SKB
Having a milling machine would be a huge help. Basically you make slightly under sized templates to match your top and bottom tangs and then mill each side staying a bit short of your target in both depth and width. I would start with something simple to get the idea, a 1895 Winchester or something similar would be a great first project. It could be done with a drill press or router as well with a bit of careful set up. Building from a blank is a great way to learn to most important aspects of stock making. Do you have Westbrook's book?
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by Mike Hunter
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Steve has a lot more experience than I do, BUT I think the spindle speed on a standard “Bridgeport “type mill would be too slow for wood. Yes it will cut, but you will get a lot of splintering. Think most wood routers have spindle speeds in the 10-20,000 RPM range, the highest speed on my Bridgeports is 2700 RPM.

The other issue would be indexing correctly; I have seen blanks where the upper and lower tang cuts were .050 off.
If making quality blanks were easy, everyone would be doing it .
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by SKB
I'm not sure if I still have my handouts from TSJC on stocking a mauser from a blank or not, I will see if I can find them for you in the next couple of days. We used bridgeport mills in school and while they do not have the speed my duplicator has it did work fine. To build a good quality stock from a blank takes time, especially if you are learning as you go. The great thing about Westbrook's book is his attention to proper stock geometry and shaping which carries over to double guns and good layout in general. This is the first gun I stocked and the only gun I have done from a blank, my gunsmithing project pictured here with a small Chamois taken on a DIY hunt in New Zealand.

[Linked Image from i.imgur.com]
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by dblgnfix
Woodreaux I make stock from blanks all the time without semi inletting. Step one is lay out the blank so that you can achieve all the required dimensions.
Next, saw cut the end of the blank to match the angle of the back of the reciever and also saw the shape of the tang. Clamp the blank in a vise and lay the reciever on the
on the cut tyiu made for the tange and trace it out with a scribe. Then it is only a matter of chiseling everything out until the receiver prints on the blank like you would want it to.
You will need a good stock clamp to get the receiver to pull back into your tang cuts and position itself the same way every time.
Once the receiver is inlet then clamp the receiver in place and lay the floor plate on the black and repeat the process. I know this is all very general but that is basically how it goes
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by Stanton Hillis
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Jim, a good drill press with interchangeable pulleys speeds will do a nice job of getting rid of the 90% before your start with the little chisels. New, sharp, center cutting end mills in several sizes, at the highest speed the pulleys will go, work for me. Also, a decent cross slide drill press vice is so imperative to do the hogging out like this. I did 95+% of the inletting on this Schillinger lock with mine, then finished it up with chisels.

[Linked Image from jpgbox.com]

Shoot me a p.m. if you want to talk about it one evening.

Best, SRH
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