Miscellaneous Related Services
I am ask to glass bed most of the stocks that I build, and a lot of the ones I am ask to refinish and rechecker as well, such as this Model 70 Winchester stock. I also offer glass bedding as a separate service for those wishing to do the rest of the work themselves. The way I do it, there is a lot more bedding material surrounding the recoil lug and supporting the rest of the action than factory bedding jobs offer. Most factory bedding consists of one little patch of bedding compound just behind and under the recoil lug. I usually bed the entire action and 3" of the barrel.
I use a Dremmel tool with a 1/4" diameter round carbide burr to cut a series of channels into the wood and spider-web as much of the action as I can. I cut deeper channels all around the recoil lug area for maximum bedding material support. I cut deep troughs from left to right behind the recoil lug and under the trigger guard/floorplate assembly to reinforce the stock against splitting at those weak points. If it is a magnum caliber, I undercut the troughs more and place short sections of hardened threaded steel rods into them, which are then glassed in place forming what I refer to as internal magnum cross bolts.
I run channels back along the sides of the action, if possible, and put support pads of bedding where ever I can around the rear tang and under the TG/FP assembly. This varies according to the design of the action involved. Glass bedding is most conveniently done on an unfinished stock, and usually takes me about 3 to 4 hours. This includes cutting all the channels into the fully inletted stock, partial disassembly of the barreled action, applying release agent to all the involved metal parts, filling in all the nooks and crannies with clay to keep the bedding material out so you can get it back apart later when cured, cleaning up the cured bedding overage within the stock, removing the clay and release agent from the metal, oiling and re-assembly of the metal work. If the full barrel channel is to be bedded, or if the barrel is to be free floated and isn't already, or the bedding is to be done on an already completely finished stock, it can take up to several more hours to complete.