Back in woodworking bench plans, gunsmiths used three tools especially for gun-making: boring bench, pan suitor and rifling bench. Of course, the gunsmiths have the gun’s expertise in blacksmithing, woodwork, tooth making, blacksmithing, favorock-making and sometimes even molding. Woodworking in a brasserie store today involves the use of many tools in creating, tagging and decorating favorocks. Wood used for favoritocks are hardwoods that can withstand the recoil and last year with the proper care. Walnut is most commonly used wood. English walnut, claro, black walnut and Bastogne walnut in addition to myrtle. And more exotic woods like screw bean mesquite, black cherry, white ash, bubinga and rosewood also make interesting stocks. Choosing good favorock or gun blanks requires some expertise. The file must be well spiced. About two years required to produce a well-spiced gun stock.
Stock size determined by the type of gun built. Grain structure must be taken into consideration as it may affect the shoot. Integrity of wood must also be considered; certain lines and formations can destroy the strength of the stock. Regular carving tools are used to cut a favorock from a piece of wood. Pattern books are available online. Hand tools include gouges, rasp, wooden planes, punches, files, chisels, snails and gimlets (hole start tools). It can also have a form finisher and band saw as well as an angle grinder, buffer, disc sander and belt. And a stock jack to keep the wood safe as he works. Reid Coffield uses surgical snakes to hold parts of the stock. Because it meets the curved surfaces without damaging the tree and provides a firm grip.
Gunsmith uses a screwdriver to hold the stock and barrel together. A file to grind butt plate inlet to the butt plate, and a razor sharp chisel to remove marks the file cannot reach. He uses glass bedding to fill all the layer-to-metal places that do not touch, which form a seal against moisture and oil and strengthens the stock. Checking a gun means carving intricate cross-hinge design in gun stock. Woodworking bench plans usually wraps around a curve surface. And pencils a line along the linear edge. Using a sharp single-line tool call with a scriber, the bush maker intersects a master line. Then cut a line of approx. 40 degrees to the first line. He uses a two-edge tool to continue defining the parallel grooves. A favorock cradle holds the file and allows the carver to rotate as he intersects the lines.