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#13337681 - 12/06/18 Re: Cherry Wood for Gunstock Material [Re: Tyrone]  
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Originally Posted by Tyrone
Ideally, shouldn't you wait a long time before you cut it into boards?
I'd seal the ends and I don't think I'd even take the bark off for at least 3 years.

Absolutely NO on waiting to cut! Cut ASAP though cutting the tree when the amount of water in the tree is lowest is a good plan. Once the log is down the wood starts losing water. Almost all will be lost through the ends and they will split because of the erratic water loss.

Cut into lumber, sticker carefully and slow down the drying. Air drying produces wood as good as it can get, it just takes time. Kiln drying NEVER improves wood. It simply dries it cost effectively (quickly) with an acceptable level of degrade.


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#13337683 - 12/06/18 Re: Cherry Wood for Gunstock Material [Re: cv540]  
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Originally Posted by cv540
Wondering about stocks for a Ruger Service Six made out of cherry. Can't seem to find any for sale online. Wondering if anyone here on the Fire has any experience making handgun grips out of cherry.

Cherry makes fine grips and heavily figured cherry can be gorgeous in small pieces.


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#13337714 - 12/06/18 Re: Cherry Wood for Gunstock Material [Re: Rolly]  
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I've seen a couple or few bench rest rifles made of it. I believe they were all laminates though.
They were very beautiful.

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#13337816 - 12/06/18 Re: Cherry Wood for Gunstock Material [Re: Rolly]  
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Just found a big stack of old gun pics and intended to post a couple pictures of cherry stocks... sadly, something spilled during the quake is keeping them together as one ugly chunk... I will look for others...


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#13338126 - 12/06/18 Re: Cherry Wood for Gunstock Material [Re: Rolly]  
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I've seldom found chunks of cherry large enough for a stock unless it is Eastern cherry , which is very straight grained and fairly plain, which is why it is usually used for furniture. The few Western cherry blanks I've seen with figure were very nice but a bit heavy for my taste. Since most Western cherry is grown wild, it is unusual to find a large enough one for stocks or a trunk that hasn't rotted, cracked, or had some kind of disease before it gets large enough for a stock so most of the cherry stocks I see around here are laminated pieces.

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#13338160 - 12/06/18 Re: Cherry Wood for Gunstock Material [Re: Rolly]  
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Anyone know of anybody who would do pistol stocks in cherry? No luck finding any and think its beyond my capability...pounding nails can be a struggle.


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#13339196 - 12/06/18 Re: Cherry Wood for Gunstock Material [Re: Sheister]  
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Originally Posted by Sheister
I've seldom found chunks of cherry large enough for a stock unless it is Eastern cherry , which is very straight grained and fairly plain, which is why it is usually used for furniture. The few Western cherry blanks I've seen with figure were very nice but a bit heavy for my taste. Since most Western cherry is grown wild, it is unusual to find a large enough one for stocks or a trunk that hasn't rotted, cracked, or had some kind of disease before it gets large enough for a stock so most of the cherry stocks I see around here are laminated pieces.

Bob


I have several hundred board feet of spectacular, highly-figured eastern cherry, 8/4 and kiln-dried though. From the same tree I have a bunch more 4/4 also and some of both thicknesses run up to 28" wide and they are 12" long IIRC. Hanging out at Amish sawmills will find you all the fancy cherry you could hope to use in a lifetime for dirt cheap... and the time to dry it.


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#13341225 - 12/07/18 Re: Cherry Wood for Gunstock Material [Re: Rolly]  
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Just wondering what you're doing hanging out at Amish sawmills ? wink

I'd love to see some of your stash of cherry once you clean up from the earthquake. How did you fare from the shaking? Anything important lost?

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#13342030 - 12/08/18 Re: Cherry Wood for Gunstock Material [Re: Sheister]  
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Originally Posted by Sheister
Just wondering what you're doing hanging out at Amish sawmills ? wink

I'd love to see some of your stash of cherry once you clean up from the earthquake. How did you fare from the shaking? Anything important lost?

Bob


Four decades ago I spent quite a bit of time in sawmills and watched a lot of incredible wood get cut... I only bought what I could afford, and it was wet... It is now dry! wink

A lot of glass and china hit the floor, some with some value in the monetary sense, but nothing that really made me sad or sentimental. Bent some silver pieces pretty badly. Monetary type losses would be painful to replace if going that way. I keep finding things that make me happy they survived. It could have been a lot worse.


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#13342307 - 12/08/18 Re: Cherry Wood for Gunstock Material [Re: cv540]  
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Originally Posted by cv540
Resurrecting this old thread. Wonder if anyone has any pictures of cherry stocked rifles, knife handles, or pistol stocks

Yes, Cherry is luscious to work with. I made my Swede from a tree that fell in my woods. Checkers wonderful. Sitka deer is correct about drying. Mine was up in the barn for years when I searched for stock wood. I took it to the basement to dry more with the dehumidifier down there, another month before I cut. OOPS, files are too large to attach.

Bravo

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