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Monkey Paws

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  • Birthday 10/26/1962


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  1. I got the recipe for the stain from one of my antique firearm forums. It is a stain from the 1700s that some English gunsmith's used. Alkanet Root Stain 1 part Alkanet root powder. 1 part. Turpentine 2 parts. BLO Mix ingredients together and place container in a dark place. If stain is not put in a dark place it will darken too much. Wait 6-9 months and the stain is ready to use. The Sharps is a Italian copy that I purchased used from Gunbroker.
  2. I really like how the box came out but wouldn't it look much nicer with fancy corners?
  3. How do you do keys like this? I like making things like this but I have never been taught how to do the fancy joints
  4. I will show pictures of the Sharps when it arrives tommorow. Think Quiggly down under. He was shooting an 1874 Sharps. Here are some pictures of the wood bare and with pre-stain. I am quite sure all of my friends PW would be more than happy helping me spend some money.
  5. The wood is common Poplar that I colored with homemade stain and I was lucky to find 1"X12" planks. Thank you for the compliments
  6. I was driving home Tuesday when I realized that I wanted a retro gun case for my recently acquired 1874 Sharps rifle. I stopped in to HD and picked up the supplies I needed for the project. Since I do not know how to make those fancy interlocking corners in the wood I had to rely on butting the ends of the wood and gluing them. The joints are a skill I need to learn so I am asking for help with this . Anyway I applied my homemade alkanet root stain and the waxed. I think it came out pretty good. I still need to put the dividers inside and install the green felt but I think this case should work well.
  7. Amazon sells these saws and they use both pinned and non-pinned
  8. Thanks for the heads up. I will check it out
  9. I do not use the rear rest except for storage. No the rear rest would snap off if subjected to recoil.
  10. I only use the front rest when shooting my old timers. In the pictures it shows the rifle when not in use. Thanks
  11. Thanks for the comments guys. Well this weekend I decided I needed a basic shooting rest for my bench so I grabbed a armful of scrap wood and went to work. The rest is made from Oak, Maple and Birch Ply. The elevation mechanism is a piece of threaded rod, 1/4" nuts and a black knob. You turn the black knob and it moves the slider in the center that raises and lowers the front rest. . I will be taking it out to the range soon to see how it works.
  12. It is an amazing feeling when you bring a piece of history back to life. When you consider this musket was found in an abandoned palace in Kathmandu Nepal where it lay undisturbed for well over 175 years, it's pretty cool to fast forward and see it shoot today.
  13. For a standard service load I use a paper cartridge with a .690 lead ball and 100gr of FFG black powder. When you shoot the Brown Bess it builds up fouling in the barrel and after a few shots a .735 ball would be extremely difficult to force down the barrel. The military soon found out that a .690 ball would slide past the fouling and would work well for most of a battle since volume not accuracy was important. Here is short video on cartridge making.
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