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Old 04-22-2021, 12:21 PM
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It all started with a rusted Steyr-made Chilean Modelo 1912 receiver I had laying around forever. One day I cleaned it up, scrubbed and buffed it lightly and it came out nice. A friend had a correct bolt and when another friend dropped off a correct but beat up 1912 short rifle stock he had stripped off of all metal parts, it was game on.

I cleaned the stock and steamed out the worst dents, chopped and contoured a 7mm Brazilian barrel suffering from muzzle erosion and rust blued it. The barrel and receiver threads needed to be chased and everything went together nicely and head spaced OK. I bought the missing metal parts of the internet and got everything taken care of except for the rear sight and hand guard.

The rear sight on a 1912 short rifle is also a shorty and not easy to find. I cobbled it together from other South American 7mm Mauser sights and it went well after a little bit of milling. The hand guard, though, was hard to find. So I made my own. The only reference I had was a picture at Liberty Tree Collectors.



I started with a block of square walnut stock, cut it in half length wise and mounted it on my lathe to pre drill the internals.




Next, I cut out the clamp recess, finished the barrel channel on my mill and rough cut the opening for the rear sight.



After soldering the rear sight to the barrel, I finished milled the rear sight opening and rough milled the barrel band area. Afterwards I checked for proper fit.




After rough shaping the external contour with a rasp, the belt sander got it close to final shape. The final sanding was done using a wood block. The picture below shows close to final shape, there's still some work required on the receiver end.



After final fitting, a generous coat of Birchwood Casey walnut stain, doped with soot, resulted in the correct color and dirty appearance.




Although being a total put-together, my Modeleo 1912 looks the part and will be a good shooter. It was a fun project and served as a prelude of something much bigger to come.
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Nicely done.
Looks great
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Old 04-22-2021, 1:29 PM
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That looks amazing!
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Well done.
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Very nice job! I would love to know more about the soot doping of the walnut stain, how you made the soot etc.

Also the title of the thread reminded me of a handy tool I got recently - a saw rasp. This sucker can remove some material quick!

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004DIHDU0/
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Thank you all. I don't exactly remember where I got the soot from, I think I remember scraping it off some piece of charcoaled oily wood I found at the bottom of my fire pit. It is a tiny bit chunky but mostly feels like velvet in the bag it is in. It makes for very dirty finger tips. I take just a tiny bit and rub it onto the wood, then add walnut stain. Repeat until the right amount of "battle carried and dirty" has been achieved.
It works especially well for walnut stocks with wrist repairs as they tend to be really dirty in that particular area. After glueing and smoothing, I give the area a good rub with soot until it is as dark as its surroundings. Add walnut stain and the repair is virtually invisible. Let dry for a day before applying stock oil or Howard's.
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Nice build and the soot idea is great!
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You sir, are a very fine craftsman. A job well done.
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Nice work!
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