Re: Glass Bedding L. C. Smith
Posted by Patriot on May 11, 2012, 3:29 pm, in reply to "Re: Glass Bedding L. C. Smith"
As far as 'when necessary'; I don't take chances. Besides, I rather enjoy doing it. |
My glassing has evolved to the following method, although Dr. Bill Hambidge's method is the ultimate, it would freak me out setting my locks into acraglass and the possibility of having to use a torch to get them loose.
All of this is mainly for prevention. This FW stock has only one short tight crack on the right front. It is ready to be Acraglass filled over the 7/16" staple gun staples, having drilled three holes for the staple legs all the way through the solid piece of wood that runs from top to bottom and from side to side and should stop any crack that might occur from traveling. I use a slow speed Black and Decker, AA battery operated screw driver type drill. Be sure not to get too close to the vertical hole for the top tang screw when drilling the top hole. The holes will be filled with glass, poking it in from one side to the other using an appropiate size dowel. I use a cut up credit card for striking off excess glass to get it flush with the wood.
Channeled out wood,using a Dremel burr bit, at the front and mid-way of the lower finger corner (a path cracks like to follow) with screen material from a car front bug screen layed in ready to be glassed over. I don't know what the screen is is made of, but it is very strong. I couldn't pull a 1/8" strip apart.
Top lever shaft radius channeled out and screen layed in ready for glass. Note in second pic the prepped area comes well up on the inner sides.
Radius at rear of locks channeled out and prepped for glass.
You can see that very little of the stock head strips was taking the recoil (the area above the rotating bolt) and yet had only one short tight crack on the right side at the front. I put super glue on a couple small areas but noticed it didn't wick in like on other stocks, so it must have very tight wood fibers. I did put super glue on the end grain wood.
Of course a small bit of glass will have to be spread on the stock head strips, above and below the rotating bolt area and out to the inner part of the lower fingers. It is the first line of prevention.