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Tiller material for handgonne

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coehornboy

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I have a question about the type of wood for a tiller...for a recent handgonne project, I bought a length of maple from a lumber yard that was made for a stair hand rail...an 11 foot piece (2 tillers worth) cost almost $40. I was hesitant to use a pine hanger bar from a closet, as the wood seems soft and the grain is not very tight and inconsistant.

How many of you out there have used pine? Has anyone had a tiller shatter or crack?

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Bob Riegl

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:bow: If you want to use a "closet bar" some Home Dopeys sell maple ones as well, however that being said---you aren't going to pole vault with the tiller and what could you possibly shoot that would be destroyed by the recoil of the gonne? The recoil is absorbed by your two hands and couldn't possibly be damaged by the gonne going "bang." So IMHO go get a "closet bar", make your tiller and enjoy. :hatsoff:
 

Chuck Thom

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I've used broom handles or mop or rake or shovel handles found at most garage sales
 

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Cowhornboy,
I just bought some one inch dowel at the local hardware/lawn/garden store. It looked a little like ramon wood. Now my gonne weighs almost ten pounds so recoil as perceived in the hands is minimal, even with heavy loads like 80 grains of 2fg in my .593 bore.
God bless.
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coehornboy said:
I have a question about the type of wood for a tiller...for a recent handgonne project, I bought a length of maple from a lumber yard that was made for a stair hand rail...an 11 foot piece (2 tillers worth) cost almost $40. I was hesitant to use a pine hanger bar from a closet, as the wood seems soft and the grain is not very tight and inconsistant.

How many of you out there have used pine? Has anyone had a tiller shatter or crack?

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The lightest wood that I am comfortable using is Ash or Birch. Your length of maple, 11 feet, is enough for 3 tillers actually. I'm not fond of the thought of pine closet pole, as material for tillers.

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