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#1 montea6b

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Posted 02 January 2009 - 11:16 PM

I'm not exactly setting the world on fire with my mauser projects and posting, but I do still tinker around whenever I get a chance. Figured it was time to post something for the crowd.

My first project from several years ago has been undergoing a slow facelift as my tastes have evolved. In addition to a new welded bolt handle that Z1R did a while ago, (a Talley to replace the forged one) I have reshaped the trigger guard to remove the hole for the sling swivel. (I had already slimmed and shaped the bow somewhat) I also welded up the locking screw holes and tried to dress it up a bit, but the results are mixed. (I'll post separately on that little adventure...)

After this redo of the metal work I plan to remedy my first Oxpho-blue finish with a proper rust blue, and finally complete the checkering. As well as maybe stain the stock. Again, that's a separate post.

Today's post is about reshaping the tang. I wasn't hip to this the first go 'round, but I think it is a nice effect. It trims down the wrist area for my small to medium sized hands, and negates the need for an unsightly notch to allow the cocking piece sear to clear. Here's a couple photos:



In the first shot you can see just how much wood stands up above the slimmed tang. It was kind of tough to take a rasp and mow down some rows of hard won checkering, but here's what it looked like after I brought the wood down to the same level. Those diamonds weren't the best anyhow and I'll get 'em back soon enough.



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Posted 03 January 2009 - 12:06 AM

Very nice work.
Did you do the checkering?

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Posted 03 January 2009 - 12:09 AM

my, that must have hurt, rasping that fine checkering! your diamonds look much better than mine! nice job on the reshape!

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Posted 03 January 2009 - 07:37 AM

That's one of the often overlooked details that helps the appearance more than anything else on a mauser sporter.

Good job!!

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Posted 03 January 2009 - 12:21 PM

Yeah, it's my checkering. Thanks, I'm pretty happy with it overall although I made my share of goofs - mostly on the forend.

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Posted 03 January 2009 - 12:31 PM

That's super! Your checkering is very good indeed.

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Posted 06 January 2009 - 10:57 PM

Checkering… She’s a cruel mistress.

A heartless vixen, intolerant of any haste, impatience or lapse of attention.

She can make you proud, but step out of line just briefly and she’s there to slap you back into place. Kick you in the groin, humiliate you.

Like aviation, checkering is not particularly difficult, but it is very unforgiving of mistakes.

Case in point, this project. It should have been a pretty simple job to extent the pattern I had started to fill in the rows mowed down in the recontouring process. I carefully redrew the border, then cut it with my veiner. I laid out some rough lines in pencil to keep me honest, then went to work. Although it looks below like I may have set myself up for failure with the veering line on the left side, I think the wrap-around distorts the actual contour of the line. I can’t blame anything I did on the lay-out.



The end result on the left side is quite nice as you can see below. I have a little more work to even up the depth of the cuts and bring the diamonds up to a point, but overall I’m quite pleased. This was the second side I did…



On the right side I got cocky. (did I mention she’s a cruel mistress?) Having done this before, (a little…) and having a similar wrap-around pattern on the grip area of project #2 about 90% complete in 24 LPI, I was fairly flying along with my 20 LPI three line cutter.

This will be done in time to catch a bowl game this afternoon I thought. (did I mention that she’s intolerant of haste?)

Then I noticed my lines starting to wander. A better man than I would have stopped and fixed things right there. I’ll just lean back the other way a little on the next few rows and get things back on track I thought. It didn’t work so well…

After several more rows thing just got worse. The lines were going in the right direction, but old versus new didn’t line up. Just like the cartoon where the rails for the first meeting of the intercontinental railroad are offset by one track width.

A better man might still have fixed it there, and I tried with my joiner, but alas it was too late.

I should have just accepted it the way it was and kept on. Maybe when the rows going the other way are laid in it won’t be so obvious I thought. I covered up some sins on the forend this way. But no, that’s where my lapse in judgement occurred. I’ll simply “merge” two lines together and get them back that way I thought. (did I mention how she can humiliate you?) So I did this, and now it looks like crap… And I did it not once, but twice. Even after running lines back across the other way it still looks bad.

I’m glad it’s a plain piece of cherry for a working rifle. If I had done this to the nice walnut I’m saving for project #3 I would have wept openly.

Here’s what I created:




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Posted 07 January 2009 - 12:08 PM

i have to give you props for doing the checkering. To me it looks good, but of course your going to see mistakes since your the one that did the work. I doubt once it is completed with stain or oil, that anybody will see an inprefection. My hat is off to you, i planned taking a step and trying to checker but i've been kicked in the groin too much lately and am balz less.
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