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I currently have no project so I've been thinking about carving a stock for a VSR rifle out of wood. There is only about a 50% chance of this happening though because I need to see if I can get access to the wood shop at the high school because I don't have the tools needed for this at home. I'm not sure if I want to make the same style as the plastic stock on it now or if I want to make a different style or if I even want to make a custom design. I really am starting from scratch at the moment so give me suggestions like style of the stock, kind of wood, etc. I don't know what to make. :shrug:

Like I said, there is only about a 50% chance if me doing this because I need access to the tools at the high school. If I can't do this now then I'll just save the thread so I can do this project later on when I do have the tools for the job.
 

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get good wood chisels, it makes a real difference. Also, using chalk, draw up the main outline on the wood.

I'll get some more tips from a friend who wanted to do this aswel, for a dragunov stock (he was going to make M4 furniture out of wood)
 

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I know his to make it guys. I have a ton of experience woodworking. Not all of it is with carving specifically but I will learn quickly. I am going to start off with a big block of wood and I don't really want to waste that much time carving down to ge the roug design. I want to use a bandsaw o something to get the rough design and us a drll press to start off the magwell. Once that is done I will start filing/carving.

Also just keep in mind guys this going to be. One piece stock so (probably) no adjustable cheek rest and stock. I am also unsure of what kind of wood to use. hardwood would be stronger but much harder to work with while a softer wood would be easier to work with but not a resistant to scratches etc. I will also probably just stain it and keep I unpainted.

I've made up my mind that I want to make a completely custom stock that might be slightly based off of something but not resemble it if you know what I mean. Also something more tactical looking rather than funky. I am currently making a few sketches of what I have in mind but I am a terrible artist with hand drawing so only I can interpret what I drew LOL.
 

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in that case, the GRS stock without the adjustments would be cool for you :)
Just simplify it...
 

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I think might use that style handle but a smooth handle without finger grips. I don't want to base it off everything behind the hand grip though because I want that to be a completely different style than the handle. I have a few things in mind but I will lis them later once I narrow down the list a bit.

Now what wood should I use? In this part I completely have no idea what to use. Hardwood would be stronger and more scratch resistant but softwood would be easier and faster to work with.

EDIT: I found out most real steel gun stocks that are wood are made out of various kinds of walnut. What do you guys think of that? I am also thinking of doing an adaptation of the SVD Dragonuv for behind the handle and in front. That would look awesome.
 

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On the material, dobey for example used wallnut on his sv98 stock and I used birch for mine. I'm not 100% sure but the real SV98 stock is made out of 12mm plywood. At this point when you haven't even decided the design yet, I would advice you to go arnies and look through their custom section to maybe get some ideas. Especially dobeys and candymans works.

If any guestions, just ask. I can probably help with something and dobey better.
 

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At this point when you haven't even decided the design yet, I would advice you to go arnies and look through their custom section to maybe get some ideas. Especially dobeys and candymans works.
What is arnies?

My plan so far is the handle from the GRS stock Sixcell posted, the butt part of the stock similar to the SVD Dragonuv, and maybe an adaptation of the front body resembling the SVD Dragonuv but with a lot of customization. This is probably not going to be the final design but it is a starting plan to base off of for now.
 

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Go and find some hard pink foam, it is used in the insulation of a house, and carve a stock out of that. This way you can get your measurements down and figure everything out before your first cut into wood.

Another thing that you can do is get some .5" wood planks. Cut them to the shape and glue them together. You are basically making a laminated stock, and it will save you on a lot of shaping and carving.
 

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Go and find some hard pink foam, it is used in the insulation of a house, and carve a stock out of that. This way you can get your measurements down and figure everything out before your first cut into wood.

Another thing that you can do is get some .5" wood planks. Cut them to the shape and glue them together. You are basically making a laminated stock, and it will save you on a lot of shaping and carving.
I already have foam specifically for this purpose although it is blue because it is a little easier on the eyes than pink. And I am not sure I know how to do this " glue together" method; it sounds easy enough but I'm sure there are some techniques that you just have to learn from experience.

@Oderfa- I don't see any custom section there after creating an account. Is it a sub forum or something else?
 

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Just take the planks, draw the stock on the wood, get a saw and cut to shape, lay some glue down and strap it down. When the glue is dry do your sanding, add some bondo if needed, and you should be good to go :D
 

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I could do that with my jigsaw. I'm guessing I would use either traditional wood glue or gorilla glue or something like that. Although wouldn't I see the seems where the planks meet because there is a small bit of glue separating them? And the grain of the wood would bee inconsistent. Just seems like it wouldn't loo as nice, and if I decide on making another one to sell because of my low budget I need it to look as good as possible. And what is bondo?

Also with my other question about arnies; I don't see any custom stock section, so can anyone point me in the right direction so I can get some more ideas on designs?
 

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I would still rather use a single block of wood so you don't see the seams from the grains not matching up. I just had a brain wave that I could make a cross of smokey's stock and the dragonuv stock mixed with a little funky detail instead of keeping everything straight. This is going to be a loooong project...
 
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