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The Duke: Developing an all-new Lever-Action Paintball Gun
Part 6: Building a Refined Mark III Prototype
Starting off the 3rd gen prototype, one of the major things I wanted was a proper 'straight wrist' stock.
We're still researching options for production items that might be adapted for use, but in the meantime,
I decided to build one from scratch to get the next prototype rolling. I'd made a quick cardboard
template in the shape I wanted during the Mark II build, and laid that out on a hunk of pine 2x6.
Yeah, it's cheap soft pine, but again, this is just a prototype. There's every possibility this part will have to
be made, remade and reinvented about half a dozen times, so "cheap" and "quick" are important.
I bandsawed out the blank, and then used it to roughly shave the bulk off the edges.
Then a ratty old drawknife and a couple of coarse rasps got me a reasonable approximation of the shape.
You proper woodworkers, please don't laugh- my woodworking tooling is limited, and this was
admittedly a very slapdash job. It'll get the job done, that's all I need it to do.
A little more smoothing and shaping...
And a quick buzz with a quarter-sheet palm sander got it into a reasonable approximation of a buttstock.
As long as you ignore the fact it's not symmetrical, has several chips where the dull drawknife dug in, has
some odd whoop-de-doos to the supposedly straight surfaces, and is still made of cheap pine, that is. :)
Now, if I were to leave it bare, as I'm test-fitting it to the rifle, the bare, soft wood would undoubtedly soak
up all sorts of cutting oils, fingerprints, dust and other grunge, so I figured I'd at least hit it with a quick coat
of Varathane or something. And, if I was going to do that, I figured why not give it a quick stain. :)
It actually doesn't look too terrible- again, if you ignore the big splinter that
fell out- and should work fine. I'll likely have to build several more
before this is all said and done, but that's all just part of the game.
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