Building a matchlock.

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okawbow

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Decided to go ahead and finish the gun. Have been fine tuning the shape and filing and scraping the wood smooth.

Have also made the cut nails for the butt plate, and made and installed the sights.

I wet the wood to raise the grain 2 times with water, and the last time with Basalmic vinegar to give the wood a more even tone. I will start appling the oil varnish and BLO over the next week or so.

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okawbow

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5 coats of homemade varnish and BLO so far. The grain is almost filled. I'm rubbing between coats with the green pads. Still a couple weeks to go yet.

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Pukka Bundook

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You're doing a nice job, Okawbow!

When I made my first, I got comb too high and it bit me. Had to reducce it a bit!

Again, good work.

Yes, I Fanaly got logged in! Have been trying for ages.
Haven't been here for a coons age.

Rick, good to "see" you here, and the other blokes I know . :)

Richard.
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Pukka Bundook

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Hello Bill not in Oregon,
Yes, the same one...... (Pukka Bundook)

Good to see you here.

I haven't been able to log in for Years, but somehow did so yesterday.

I didn't know you liked matchlocks. :)

All best,

Richard.
 

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Hi Richard !!!! Glad to see you here on this Forum also.

Rick :hatsoff:
 

Pukka Bundook

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I thought you were you, John!
Our mutual pal Rudyard thunk you were a different bloke somehow....

Different gun my old mate. This one is Light to the point of wondering if the outside of the barrel is any bigger than the inside!
Bit less humid tonight. Hay has sat a few days, and gets no drier! Nearly ready to bale, but it was days ago!

Sorry to hear you are all dried out. I'll send you some . :)
 
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