Wood AR-15 Stock: Day Two
Yesterday, as we were hunting for the perfect piece of wood to make our wood AR-15 furniture, we faced the reality that exotic hardwoods rarely come in chunks. Since it is so expensive and most wood projects require boards, it is very difficult to find a piece of exotic hardwood that is more than an inch thick. One inch think lumber is fine for our wood grip panels, but forces us to make a hard decision about our wood stock, which we had originally planned to shape from a single piece of wood.
The Brazilian Rosewood board we found was too perfect to pass up, but was only 7/8 inch thick. Our stock is going to be a little over two and a half inches wide at its widest point. So, rather than selecting an inferior piece of lumber, we bit the bullet and decided to glue three pieces of the Rosewood together to get to the thickness required by the stock.
Three pieces of Rosewood being glued together for the stock.
Using three pieces for the stock does come with some advantages. The first is extra strength. While the Rosewood is naturally very tough, the glue will only make it stronger. Strength is very important for our wood stock becuase it is the least supported of all the pieces of Wood AR-15 Furniture. The second advantage is that we get to choose what type of grain is featured on each side of the stock. As you can see in the picture above, the bottom piece (which will be the left side of the stock) has a white highlight along the top. The top piece (which will be the right side of the stock) has a much darker and uniform pattern. This will make a very beautiful stock and will tie in nicely with the blond streak on the left wood grip panel.
Blond streak continues in the left grip panel.
Before starting to cut the three glued pieces of Rosewood for the stock, we thought it would be a good idea to make a full model stock out of junk wood. The idea being that we want to learn on the junk wood and be better prepared to make the actual Rosewood stock. After a few hours of work we arrived at the picture you see below.
Adjustment arm connections drilled, buffer tube hole still to come.
The two and half hours spent shaping this rough cut version of the stock did teach us many things about how we want to work the Rosewood stock. The main issue we wanted to work out on this mock up was how and where to connect the wood to the arms of the B.A.D. Stock adjustment mechanism. It proved more difficult than anticipated and we didn't attach them perfectly but we did get a much more concrete idea of how we will do it with the Rosewood.
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