Stock Restoration and Repairs
My client bought this rifle with it's stock broken. The previous owner had been in the process of replacing the stock, but had broken it before completing the project, and had lost all interest in it. I first glued it back together with epoxy resin. Some of the wood splinters were missing at the surface edges of the break, so it was not going to be an undetectable joint. After the resin had cured, I bored two deep holes back several inches into the butt of the stock through the upper and lower tang mortises. Two 3" to 4" pieces of 5/16" diameter all-thread were pressed into the 3/8" diameter epoxy filled holes, and would be hidden under the tangs. I was confident that this would provide enough strength to hold the stock together for frequent hard use.
This is how it looked once it was all back together. The rifle already had magnificent Color Case Hardening, and rust blued barrel, both first rate work. I finished the stock and refinished the forearm, both having mixed aniline dyes added to the finish, reminiscent of early Winchesters. The client wanted a thin ebony grip cap added, and checkering that was similar to period checkering. Research in my copy of The Winchester Book by Madis got me on the right track.
The 20 lpi checkering for the two grip panels and wrap-around forearm panel was cut with single "V" groove borders (called borderless). This project logged a total of 21 hours to complete.