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Impala_Guy
January 15, 2017, 22:16
http://i68.tinypic.com/2ytw7x2.jpg

http://i66.tinypic.com/9913ie.jpg

http://i64.tinypic.com/2e0ivs0.jpg

http://i67.tinypic.com/r8e8hd.jpg

enbloc8
January 15, 2017, 22:27
Mighty nice handguards! What kind of wood are they?

Also, is that an original or repro carry handle?

G3isMe
January 15, 2017, 22:35
That is a beautiful build. Flypaper got those handguards spot onl They're as nice as a pair of MA 67 I own. One of the nicest SLR's I've seen in a long while.......:bow:....

Impala_Guy
January 15, 2017, 22:35
Beech, I think. You be the judge on the carry handle. I dont know how you could open up that metal ferule to get a new corncob into it, its crimped all the way around the wood just like the British ones.

http://i64.tinypic.com/2qvwkdu.jpg

embatp
January 15, 2017, 22:48
Hey that's nice....

hkshooter
January 15, 2017, 22:52
Out-friggin-standing. Damn fine Aussie.

Is the front swivel band supposed to have a limiter tab?

embatp
January 16, 2017, 02:11
What kind of finish did you use?

Impala_Guy
January 16, 2017, 07:55
What kind of finish did you use?

The stock is more brown than orange, the photo lighting makes it look more orangey.

This stuff was the final sealer:

https://img2.activant-inet.com/coop/ace/image/g1060615.jpg

DakTo
January 16, 2017, 13:38
The hand guards are excellent and the entire L1A1 is exceptional.

Vulcanator
January 16, 2017, 21:46
Oh Lord, what a beautiful rifle.

Jarhead504
January 17, 2017, 21:48
Sycamore. You can't buy Coachwood anymore.
It seemed to carry most of its characteristics.





Beautiful rifle.

Why can't you buy Coachwood anymore? Is it banned, like an endangered species?

Thorack
January 17, 2017, 22:07
Well,

The guys at Silver Crescent said they found just a little coachwood and used it to reskin laminates. IIRC Andy or another Aussie said it was just about cut to extinction in Aus and isn't used much anymore.

That said I have a couple of sets of Deans work in Sycamore and a set of NOS Factory SLAZ solids and you would be hard pressed to tell they are a different type of wood.

Thorack

hkshooter
January 17, 2017, 23:35
Couldn't find anybody that has or imports it.

All the better, for practical use sycamore is far stronger. Your's look amazing, above.

Off topic a bit. I learned just this weekend a bit about the aforementioned No.I forend. Lithgow used coachwood to make their stocks and forends and because the wood was so soft, they had to install recoil plates inside to keep the wood from splitting under repeated recoil.
As it happened, a fella named Jovino assembled a bunch of Enfields using refinished surplus parts and NOS Aussie coachwood but didn't install the recoil plates. Enfield gurus know to watch for these rifles and warn folks to be sure to not fire the rifles unless these pieces are installed.

ALL FAL
January 17, 2017, 23:42
Maybe it will stay a wall hanger in the man cave? :)

sgt.stinky
January 18, 2017, 08:44
fine looking rifle

enbloc8
January 18, 2017, 12:55
Sycamore. You can't buy Coachwood anymore.
It seemed to carry most of its characteristics.





Beautiful rifle.

Lithgow itself changed to another wood type in the final years of SLR production.

enbloc8
January 18, 2017, 12:59
Beech, I think. You be the judge on the carry handle. I dont know how you could open up that metal ferule to get a new corncob into it, its crimped all the way around the wood just like the British ones.

http://i64.tinypic.com/2qvwkdu.jpg

Amazing, you very seldom see them in a condition other than "well used".

I have seen a couple of carry handles with a "bypassed" star washer...one had been threaded for a small nut on the tip of the wire, while another had a small washer and split pin on the end.

d_s
January 18, 2017, 13:04
WOW, I about fell out of my chair, absolutely BEAUTIFULL, now if only someone would mass produce these for the open market, id buy 5+ sets!!!


http://i68.tinypic.com/2ytw7x2.jpg

http://i66.tinypic.com/9913ie.jpg

http://i64.tinypic.com/2e0ivs0.jpg

http://i67.tinypic.com/r8e8hd.jpg

lostmybearing
January 18, 2017, 13:13
Beech, I think. You be the judge on the carry handle. I dont know how you could open up that metal ferule to get a new corncob into it, its crimped all the way around the wood just like the British ones.

http://i64.tinypic.com/2qvwkdu.jpg

That looks like a repo that L/FN did a few years ago . I have one as well.

Great looking riFAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Impala_Guy
January 18, 2017, 20:26
WOW, I about fell out of my chair, absolutely BEAUTIFULL, now if only someone would mass produce these for the open market, id buy 5+ sets!!!

Flypaper still makes these using real Aussie tabs....I suggest you PM him or check his ad in the marketplace.

hagar
January 20, 2017, 10:08
Very nice! :beer:

We will have to go shooting again sometime. You going to the Riverbend Fal match this year?

lew
January 20, 2017, 11:54
That's the most stunning wood I've seen on an SLR. Very clean, but still lots of detail.

1911Ron
January 20, 2017, 12:51
Wow just wow! Beautiful looking wood!:bow:

Impala_Guy
January 20, 2017, 15:38
Very nice! :beer:

We will have to go shooting again sometime. You going to the Riverbend Fal match this year?

Yeah I actually need to spend several hours out the compound, got to get this gun and a couple other items on paper. Also have some interesting new flammable targets thinking about trying. Just give me a holler. Need to spend 1/2 hour screwing a new target backer together, that old one is trashed.

ExCdnSoldierInTx
January 20, 2017, 17:56
:bow::bow::bow::bow::bow:

12v71
January 21, 2017, 01:30
Ok, this is driving me nutz. I have a set matching the above HG's that Dean made, but mine stink of creosote but not a mark to be found. ? any ideas?

hkshooter
January 21, 2017, 08:45
I actually looked for creosote when I was building mine, but I couldn't find it anywhere.
I'm thinking if the inside cuts match factory cuts, that they probably are factory. I have yet to see anybody, ( except me ) Match the inside cuts to factory specs. Specifically the plow cut behind the slots, most I have seen are done with CNC and have narrow cut lines.

Good luck with creosote, seems like the EPA axed it, not positive. Last I saw of any was here in the marketplace. Adam, I think, was selling an old, old can he found. Again, not positive, that was in 2015, I think.

Impala_Guy
January 21, 2017, 12:28
Im no chemist, but couldnt you get it from pine tar? Distillation?

Frankly Im glad you didnt use any. The whole safe already stinks like it from the butt on this one and my Eden pre ban Lithgow. Even my Browning Supperposed trap gun smells like it.

12v71
January 21, 2017, 13:57
Im no chemist, but couldnt you get it from pine tar? Distillation?

Frankly Im glad you didnt use any. The whole safe already stinks like it from the butt on this one and my Eden pre ban Lithgow. Even my Browning Supperposed trap gun smells like it.

I have a whole room in the house that smells of Aussie. Only 3 rifles. ;)

JonnyP
January 22, 2017, 16:00
That sir, is a stunningly beautiful L1A1.

SAFN49
March 05, 2017, 22:15
I actually looked for creosote when I was building mine, but I couldn't find it anywhere.


I've still got some Creosote left. I shipped a bunch to members here a few years ago to get that authentic Aussie smell.

SAFN49
March 05, 2017, 22:57
Awesome!
If you can spare some, I'll make it worth your while.

I have a couple things that are ready for the finishing touch.

It's all yours! Just pay actual shipping.

warsteiner_1970
March 06, 2017, 01:29
http://anagote.com/timbers-sydney/

jhend170
March 06, 2017, 10:54
Well Dean I realized you've actually created a bit of a miracle... you've got men complementing other mens' wood, and nary a question about their, um, manliness. Kudos!!! :bow:

SAFN49
March 06, 2017, 11:24
Thanks , I couldn't imagine the shipping charge on that. :uhoh:

It's like $14 or $15 a quart.

d_s
May 15, 2017, 18:20
ImpalaGuy, what did you use to stain these handuards?

hkshooter
May 15, 2017, 18:24
Hey, Fly, ever get that creosote?

Impala_Guy
May 23, 2017, 11:19
I prefer alcohol / water based stains because I can always back off the color a little bit with lacquer thinner. I mostly make my own up out of cheap watercolors from Hobby Lobby and alcohol. Finish with your prefered oil or sealer. These stocks were done with matte spar urethane I'm experimenting with though I usually just use traditional tung / linseed mixes. This rifle is for sale in the MP by the way.

Not to blow my own horn, but I'm one of the better wood stock restorers you will meet. There are very few stains or dings that cannot be removed or at the very least minimized. My philosophy is to take wood that looks trashed back to looking more like honest use or near new condition rather than simply looking refinished at a casual glance. I can't divulge my secrets but lets just say sanding the piss out of the workpiece isn't the answer.

raubvogel
June 10, 2017, 15:07
Not to blow my own horn, but I'm one of the better wood stock restorers you will meet. There are very few stains or dings that cannot be removed or at the very least minimized. My philosophy is to take wood that looks trashed back to looking more like honest use or near new condition rather than simply looking refinished at a casual glance. I can't divulge my secrets but lets just say sanding the piss out of the workpiece isn't the answer.

http://i.imgur.com/E1gpN9V.jpg

Huss
June 17, 2017, 18:35
^^^ Beautiful :love:

Impala_Guy
June 17, 2017, 18:43
There's a couple places in Australia advertising coachwood for sale. Don't know if they'd be willing to cut you a couple dozen small blanks to your specs and ship them at an economical price. They might think it was pretty neat what you are doing with it.

http://www.monarotimber.com.au/sp_coachwood.htm