Shaping The Stock:
The barrel was inletted into the stock and then I drew the Lancaster rifle profile onto the butt of the stock. This will allow me the profile I need to inlet the barrel tang into the stock.
In the lock panel area, I measured the width of the lock bolster. I then positioned the lock in the approximate location on the side of the stock, based upon where the breech plug end is in the end of the barrel. I will be putting the drum at the edge of the breech plug. A mark was made on the stock where the front of the lock was. Then added two more inches in front of this mark to be my transition area for the lock panel to the forearm. I did the same for the side plate side.
After the lines were drawn, I cut the stock down to profile the stock.
So far, the barrel has been inlet into the stock, pattern laid out on the stock and the excess wood has been removed. Next I will inlet the breechplug and then create the ramrod channel.
First I open up the 5ths side of the dividers and span the length of the lock plate.
Then I flip the dividers to the 3rds end and from the front of the lock opening I locate the first mark.
Now I rotate the dividers and with the 3rds make a mark the same distance from the center of the lock where the mark is. This will leave a mark outside the lock area on the wrist. This would be the mark that is used later for locating the patchbox hinge on the right side .
Having done this, you now have the front and the end of the cheekpiece laid out. Note, this is how J.P. Beck laid out his rifle, which is the one I'm emulating. Other makers used different steps. The rear mark of the cheekpiece will curve up to the inside corner of the buttplate.
With the lock panel defined, you can now move onto the side plate panel.
Then I removed wood from the first section on either side of the stock.
With my files, I then rolled over the wood toward each line until the line disappeared. As a result, the belly was rounded over as shown here in the photo. Here you can see the exposure I have of the glued in dowel I will be covering later with the forearm inlay.
I continued shaping down the length of the forearm by dividing the sides into 3rds, 5ths and then 7ths. I wanted a rounded forearm leading to the nose cap. See Nose Cap: section.
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