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Inletting The Thimbles:

 

The front thimble was inlet position was identified by defining the length of the pending poured nose cap (2"). Locate the front barrel pin and then positioning the thimble so it was about 4" from the end of the muzzle. This allows an ample amount of length to the exposed ramrod, making it easier to remove from the rifle.Thimble Line.jpg (102537 bytes)

The thimble was laid down on the ramrod channel and a line was penciled to indicate the position of the thimble. A center line was drawn along the bottom of the ramrod channel. With the thimble laying outside the channel, the tab was set down into the channel and lines were drawn to indicate the length of the tab. 

Thimble V Cut.jpg (113107 bytes) I used a "V" carving tool to cut out this line. 

 

 

Drill Hole On Each End.jpg (86477 bytes)

Then I using a 3/32" drill bit, I drilled a hole at either end of the V cut and then progressed drilling holes along the channel.

 

 

Series of Holes and Cut.jpg (102927 bytes)Then a knife was used to cut along the outside of the drilled holes and the wood was removed using a 1/16" chisel. 

Clean out slot.jpg (86976 bytes)

 

 

Once the slot was cleared, I set the thimble into the slot. 

 

Pencil Profile of Thimble.jpg (78817 bytes) Using a sharp pencil I traced the profile onto the stock around the perimeter of the thimble.  Thimble Pattern.jpg (99824 bytes)

 

 

 

 

 

Blackened Thimble Recess.jpg (114048 bytes) Then I used various carving tools to remove the wood inside the lines.  Using candle soot on the thimble, I slowly inlet the thimble 1/2 the depth into the stockThimble Inletted.jpg (108584 bytes), until the inside of the thimble is flush with the ramrod channel. . 

 

 

 

 

 

Scribed Line On Tab.jpg (132526 bytes)

Once the thimble is inlet, I then scribe a line on the exposed tab in the barrel with a pencil or a scribe. After it is cut off and filed smooth, I check for fit and make sure it is flush. 

 

 

Identifying the Thimbles.jpg (96085 bytes)Then I cut a "V" notch in the top of the thimble tab to identify the thimbles (i.e. 1 notch = #1, 2 notches = #2) and I put the notch at the head of the thimble for proper alignment later when it is removed and reinstalled.

  

 

Measure Depth of Thimble.jpg (102249 bytes)

 

To locate the pin location for the thimble, I use my depth gauge inside the inletted cavity.

Transfer Depth to Side of Stock.jpg (110845 bytes)Then I transfer this to the outside of the stock and allow for the thickness of the 1/16" pin. Then I put a clamp on the thimble and drill a 1/16" hole thru the stock and the thimble tab. Remove the thimble and then slot the hole horizontally to allow for wood expansion of the stock.

 

 

 

Front Thimble 1 copy.jpg (111518 bytes)    Front Thimble 2 copy.jpg (105739 bytes)Here is the front thimble inlet.

 

 

 

Two Thimbles Installed.jpg (158377 bytes)  Then the middle thimble is inlet.   

 

 

 

 

 

Rear Thmble Views.jpg (128190 bytes)Finally the last thimble was inlet. 

 

Now all three are inlet into the stock.All 3 Thimbles Inlet copy.jpg (65722 bytes)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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