Monday, February 4th, 2013
The stock came about 90% inletted but the iron varies so they leave extra material in key areas. Not interested in buying another replacement stock set, I took my time and went slowly, tiny scraps of emery board and a scalpel my predominant tools.
This is one of the Ithaca LeFevers, so the belly has a tapered plate which makes getting the metal to wood fit… interesting. You have to blacken the receiver with a candle and assemble, then abrade away the spots where the wood touches metal, lather, rinse, repeat until you scream.
The top is mostly straight lines so it was a bit easier. I don’t know how well the wood was dried and I don’t know how much shrinkage it has left, but I have left some small gaps that can be closed by pening up the wood where the tang hits the stock, later on.
Sorry about the crappy cellphone pics. If anyone can suggest a camera that does decent closeup work that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg, I’m all ears. I really likethe elegant line of this stock, which is whjy I want to make the gun usable again. I thought about bluing the receiver or color casehardening it, but I think a cleaning and polish will do wonders, and preserve the elegance of the old girl.