Budget build Sterlingworth 16

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Budget build Sterlingworth 16

Postby Fox20obsessed » Tue Jun 16, 2020 9:51 pm

Hey guys, been posting about this in other threads and wanted to kind of start a thread just on the whole build now. First post is just a few pics of where the project is right now. My bandsaw is not up and running right now so I had to use a handsaw to take the bottom of the stock and pistol grip off and get it close to where it needs to be. I used 3 different factory sterlingworth take-off stocks to get the proper angle on the underside of the stock and also the angle and location of the grip cap. I know it looks a tad rough, but it will finish out just fine. Also wanted to include a pic of the sweet grip cap I got for this project. All of the inletting is done on this and now just shaping things up so to say. I’ll continue to post as this moves forward and also do a whole wrap-up when it finishes up. Also, note the pencil line left on the front of the pistol grip...that is roughly where the grip will end up after I profile the wood down to the trigger guard and get the grip cap situated.
Thanks,
Matt
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Re: Budget build Sterlingworth 16

Postby Jeff S » Tue Jun 16, 2020 10:05 pm

Looks like one heck of a project. Can't wait to see the progress.
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Re: Budget build Sterlingworth 16

Postby ROMAC » Wed Jun 17, 2020 8:01 am

Great work. I always enjoy seeing how talented a lot of our members are.

Me, not so much! LOL!
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Re: Budget build Sterlingworth 16

Postby vaturkey » Wed Jun 17, 2020 11:34 am

Very nice. The only talent I have is writing checks to people who have talent.
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Re: Budget build Sterlingworth 16

Postby Fox20obsessed » Wed Jun 17, 2020 6:05 pm

Thanks for the comments on this build gentlemen. I greatly appreciate the kind words and feedback. I think the hardest obstacle that I have had to overcome in gunsmithing is the constant internal battle with my own impatience. I’m not the most patient man so it is a constant thing within my own mind. Unlike working on cars, in gunsmithing I feel a much greater need to plan out in my mind what I need to accomplish and how I will achieve that goal before ever touching a tool to wood or metal. After I posted the pics last night I block sanded the bottom of the buttstock back down into shape and also “flushed up” the underside of the pistol grip in preparation for fitting the new cap. More pics and blabbering from this hobbyist level tinkerer to follow. Thanks again for looking!
-Matt
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Re: Budget build Sterlingworth 16

Postby Brian Dudley » Mon Jun 22, 2020 11:55 am

Close studying of original guns and getting the lines correct is the most important thing. Custom work is custom work, but restorative work is a whole different ball of wax.
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Re: Budget build Sterlingworth 16

Postby Fox20obsessed » Sun Jun 28, 2020 2:36 pm

Brian,
I agree 100 percent with your previous post. In years past when restocking I did not have many factory buttstock samples to work off of and it was always a guessing game....I could never get the lines quite right. Now I have several examples of factory stocks with split webs etc. and it makes it that much easier to mimic factory work and make things “foxy”. I recently picked up a contour gauge to try and get every little thing exact, but find it takes way too much time and effort to use. Now I’m just going by feel and using the factory examples as a model to work from. On this particular gun I will be leaving the stock cheeks/side panels smooth and understated as seen on factory sterlingworths while in the past it has always been my tendency to shape those buggers and add elegance, but it simply doesn’t look right on the sterlys IMO. I’ve about got the forend for this thing wrapped up now and slowly working on the buttstock. If I get back to it this evening I will try and post some pics as I seat the grip cap all the way and start shaping around the pistol grip. Thanks for looking!
-Matt
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Re: Budget build Sterlingworth 16

Postby vaturkey » Mon Jun 29, 2020 5:58 am

Matt, curious, where did you find that grip cap?
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Re: Budget build Sterlingworth 16

Postby Brian Dudley » Mon Jun 29, 2020 12:05 pm

Fox20obsessed wrote:Brian,
I agree 100 percent with your previous post. In years past when restocking I did not have many factory buttstock samples to work off of and it was always a guessing game....I could never get the lines quite right. Now I have several examples of factory stocks with split webs etc. and it makes it that much easier to mimic factory work and make things “foxy”. I recently picked up a contour gauge to try and get every little thing exact, but find it takes way too much time and effort to use. Now I’m just going by feel and using the factory examples as a model to work from. On this particular gun I will be leaving the stock cheeks/side panels smooth and understated as seen on factory sterlingworths while in the past it has always been my tendency to shape those buggers and add elegance, but it simply doesn’t look right on the sterlys IMO. I’ve about got the forend for this thing wrapped up now and slowly working on the buttstock. If I get back to it this evening I will try and post some pics as I seat the grip cap all the way and start shaping around the pistol grip. Thanks for looking!
-Matt




That is a mistake that too many people make when restocking guns. They make the cheeks and combs too sharply defend. They think it looks better, or they don't have a clue to start with. When in the end, it just looks out of place and incorrect.
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Re: Budget build Sterlingworth 16

Postby Fox20obsessed » Mon Jun 29, 2020 6:19 pm

Brian said it best, I agree buddy. Hopefully this one turns out nicely, I think it will. Tom, I sent you an e-mail.
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