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(Note: Click on the hyperlinks or photos for a larger image below and more detailed information on the subject.)

* Drilling & Tapping Chart: 2010-11-30 021.JPG (236609 bytes)

* Making Ram Rod Pipes

Inserting Lock on a stock;  Removal of  barrel from a stock:


* Inletting a Rifle Barrel: 2006-11-13_007.JPG (232549 bytes)

* Making File Handles:    2009-03-08 012.JPG (178812 bytes)

* Making A Replacement Mainspring:

* Inletting A Barrel By Hand: 

* Making & Installation of Nose Cap:

* Building A Brass Percussion Lock:  

                     Brass_Lock_1.JPG (219016 bytes)

* Making A "Bookie" Barrel Tester: 2007-01-07 014.JPG (227788 bytes)(Click this link to go to the how-to page)








* Aid For Soldering On Barrel Tenons: (Courtesy of "Pack Dog" Ken Guy of Chattanooga, TN)

PICT0004.jpg (202024 bytes)  Ken uses a piece of bent steel with a notch in it to hold the tenon and then clamps PICT0005.jpg (217697 bytes)the steel bar to the barrel.  You have to tin both pieces prior to soldering onto the barrel. This technique can be used for both round and octagon barrels. 


Thanks Pack Dog!! Good idea!





* "Chunk Gun Adapter": Making a "Chunk Gun Adapter" to convert you rifle into a chunk gun.

    (Note: I understand there are some Chunk Gun Associations do not allow this adapter to be used on rifles in competition. Therefore, check with range officials prior to entering. Bevel Brothers will allow me to use this on my rifle. Sgt. York Shoot will not.) 

* Bedding The Breech Area: Joe came into the shop the other day and said his breech area seems to be a little loose. To remedy this, the best solution was to bed the breech area with Acra-Glass epoxy.  This will fill any voids making the breech more solid and stronger. 


* Inletting a Tapered Pistol Barrel: 

                                    Rear View.jpg (57378 bytes)

* Making the Tang Bolt Jig: Drilling Tang Hole.JPG (256564 bytes)This works for those of you who have small drill presses like me. This is a short jig that allows you to center the drill bit and have sufficient room for both the drill bit and the gun. Tang Jig Completed.jpg (43334 bytes)






* GOLDEN MEAN INFORMATION: Here's some good information regarding the use of the Golden Mean proportions and how it was used in gun  making.  Note; the Golden Means was a tool, used by gunmakers, but this did not apply to all schools of gunmakers. It was mainly an aid.

* Installing a Flash Hole Liner (Photo Album)


* Installing Wooden Patch Box Lid: Patchbox Lid Latch Installed.jpg (161989 bytes)

    (Another web page with more information on making the lid and the latch mechanism)



* "Bench Jack" for the workbench: Great bench aid for your workbench.

                 Bench Jack copy.jpg (296027 bytes)   Click Here --->Components of "Bench Jack"

* Ram Rod Shaver: (Scrap steel with various hole beveled out)               

      Stick shaver in to vise and run ramrod back and forth to shave it down to size to fit into ramrod hole on stock.  (Click photo   to enlarge.)

 Ram Rod Shaver.jpg (143843 bytes)

ramrod in vice .jpg (36493 bytes)Then fold a piece of sandpaper over the ramrod and stick the loose end of the sandpaper  into the vise. (not too tight)  Now pull and push the ramrod through the sandpaper to smooth out the surface of the rod.  You use the same method if you like to taper the end of the rod that fits into your forearm. (Click photo to enlarge.) 




* Drying Your Stock: Trouble drying your oiled stock inside the home during the Winter?

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Using wire hooks, hang the stock from hooks screwed into your ceiling joists. This will suspend the stock toward the ceiling where the air is dryer and warmer. (Click photo to enlarge.)





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* Sound Deadener Trick:

Ever try to cut some metal in the shop and have it make all kinds of noise or try to file a piece of metal, doing the same thing?  My wife is after me if I make too much noise.  And metal noise really bothers her. I figured out a slick solution.  I have some of those small spring clamps with rubber tips.  I clamp it onto the metal and it serves as a deadener to the noise. 


* Scrapers (handmade from spring stock): 3/8" ramrod groove and 5/16" flat bottom

        Scrapers.JPG (168216 bytes)  Scrapers Edge.JPG (226151 bytes)

* Bench Tool Holder: Made out of a chunk of scrap wood; drilled a bunch of 1/2" diameter holes to hold my files, screwdrivers, mini-hammer, pencil, knife, punches and etc. (There are 29 tools in the holder, can you find them all?)

        Tool Bench Tray.JPG (223702 bytes)

* Rotational Vise: Bought this from Jim Chambers at Conner Prairie a couple years ago. Great device. I attached a 3" vise to it and it can rotate and store below the bench top when not in use, or it can be brought up and rotated 360 degrees. Great for filing, carving and engraving. 

        Rotational Vise 1.jpg (119892 bytes)  Rotational Vise 2.JPG (125833 bytes)

* Tool Tray: Put this tray on the end of the bench between the large vise and the Bench Jack. Great for holding chisels when working and laying small carving tools. Saves having to reach under the gun or over the top of it to get to the tools.

        Tool Tray.JPG (125633 bytes)   

* Spring Vise: I use spring vises to remove both main springs and frizzen springs. The spring vise comes with a short side and a long side to the arm of the vise. Depending on the type of spring or orientation, I may flip the arm on the vise for the task.  Here are a few photos showing how I remove the springs. 

      Main Spring and Spring Vise.jpg (169091 bytes)     Main Spring and Spring Vise 2.jpg (167360 bytes)

     Frizzen Spring and Spring Vise 1.jpg (155800 bytes)     Frizzen Spring and Spring Vise 2.jpg (160569 bytes)

* Wood Shaping Tool: Modified the tool by adding

         Wood Shaping Tool copy.jpg (123662 bytes) 

* Dividing Stock Into Segments Easily:  I use a thin plastic metric ruler to aid me in dividing up the sides of my stocks into 3rds, 5ths and 7ths. Here is an example of how I divide a side up into 5ths. 

            Dividing Into Segments.jpg (155403 bytes)Clamp and Ruler.JPG (209108 bytes)

I use a clamp sometimes to help me hold the ruler on one end so I can draw my liners easier. 






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