View Full Version : My Finest Work (Big File!)

09-27-2003, 01:36 AM
This isn't exactly metal working but it GOES on a working metal machine, a 1,200 rounds per minute machine. This is a buttstock for a legally owned WWII German MG 34.


G.A. Ewen
09-27-2003, 01:50 AM
Hey, don,t you know that "wood" is a four letter word around here? http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//tongue.gif

Just kidding. Really i'm jealous. That is beautiful work. What kind of wood is that?

09-27-2003, 03:13 AM
If it was lighter I would say it was Tger Stripe maple.

But it is most likely Walnut/Mahagony

09-27-2003, 03:26 AM
Wood is not my forte. The best wood work I ever did was a set of cabinets to use some un-used space at the front end of my fifth wheel trailer. I got lucky and found the exact same cheap paneling they used for the rest of the trailer.

Let's see, center cut, top is near the center grain of the log, hardwood (duh), kinda looks like the stock of my Kentucky mountain rifle. That would be red hard rock maple. Of course I am probably totally wrong. Yeah, seems probable.

09-27-2003, 03:47 AM
It is a tricky peice of wood. It is Bastogne walnut with the top (light half) being sapwood and the lower is really nice darker full Bastogne.

Paul Gauthier
09-27-2003, 12:01 PM
Very good work. Love the wood. How about a pic of the whole thing.

Paul G.

09-27-2003, 03:55 PM
Gorgeous work. Congrats. Question-what did you use to cut the grooves on the rear face? Have always been awed by the MG34,lots of very rapid movement taking place in short time.


09-27-2003, 08:44 PM
I don't have pictures of this mounted on a gun as it goes to a client's gun. I hope to do a photo shoot soon so that the pictures on my website will show my stocks mounted on guns but that is a PIA in California.

As for how I cut the grooves, I used a homemade checkering cutter. I took 1/8 die stock and a 1/8 ball mill and cut a groove down the middle of the stock. I then ground the front to a profile like an upside down carving chisel and cut away.

There is a REAL trick to doing this since this is cutting end grain which does NOT want to cut, it just tears. Cut 90% of the depth then put sealer on (that is thinned finish) and let it dry, then cut 99%, do it again. Then just go back about 5 times after that shaving off the high points.

If you don't do that the back ends up being nearly black due to a combination of high absorbtion of finish and the rough cut you get.


09-27-2003, 10:38 PM
MG -34 = 900 rpm
MG - 42 = 1200 rpm.

[This message has been edited by PSD KEN (edited 09-27-2003).]

09-27-2003, 10:56 PM

Your right a 42 tends to run faster than a 34. I made a matching set of each for this client who a minty 42 and this 34 which has all matching numbers.

Ever fired either of them? My girlfriend prefers the 42 over the 34 cause it fires faster. Of course, she is the one who can hit a NOX bottle at 125+ yards with a 4" ruger Mk I!