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PostPosted: Sun Aug 12, 2018 1:15 pm 
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This is something I've been wanting to make for quite a while, and finally found my round toit. ;) Not my prettiest work, but functional.

A loading stand, and a small sliding lid box for your balls, powder, and all that other stuff a BP shooter has to haul around with them. There's a couple different basic designs of these - this type; and the other type you take the cylinder out of the gun and mount it on a press. You can look them up on the net - Cabela's and others sell them. Both types run around $20 retail, but being a cheap old woodworker, I figured I could make one out of stuff I had laying around in the shop. I like this type since it folds down flat for carrying in your luggage.

This stand fits the repro .44 Navy Colt I have.

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Very nice and to top it off functional.

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 13, 2018 2:04 pm 
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Gene,
What model is the gun? It's hard to tell in the picture.
I don't believe it is a model 1860 but it has some similar lines.
Did you make the grips? They look wider than usual.

Nice loading stand.

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 13, 2018 4:26 pm 
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That's nice, what species of wood did you use?


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 13, 2018 7:39 pm 
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Zulu wrote:
Gene,
What model is the gun? It's hard to tell in the picture.
I don't believe it is a model 1860 but it has some similar lines.
Did you make the grips? They look wider than usual.

Nice loading stand.

Zulu


It's a CVA replica kit gun of a 1861 Colt Navy in .44. The original Colt Navy was a .36 cal derivative of the 1860 Army .44. Belonged to my father. Yes, I did make the grips that are on it now, although I still have the CVA grips.

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Paul, the wood for the stand is some walnut I had laying around in the shop. Came from a large chunk which I still have most of, shown below. The box I made a while ago from a soft maple I cut down and let spalt naturally.

I have some small projects in mind for this 18"x 10" x 2" slab, which I hope to get to before winter.

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Wow thats a pretty slick set up


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 14, 2018 4:46 pm 
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RonTeti wrote:
Wow thats a pretty slick set up


You can get as fancy or as simple as you want with this kind of stand. Here's a real basic one you can knock out in about 20 minutes. A lot bulkier tho.

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That's a different gun.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 14, 2018 6:53 pm 
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Zulu wrote:
That's a different gun.
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Yes. Just a pic off the web to show a alternative stand. Lots of variations on the basic design.

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Nice guns and nice walnut loading stand.

Wish I had some highly figured walnut crotch just "Laying around the shop!" lol

I had a small piece and made a mallet out of it for my Nephew. Interesting stuff that walnut!

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reelinron wrote:
Nice guns and nice walnut loading stand.

Wish I had some highly figured walnut crotch just "Laying around the shop!" lol

I had a small piece and made a mallet out of it for my Nephew. Interesting stuff that walnut!


I got lucky with this chunk. There's still a little of it left in the piece I cut this from. I've pretty much decided I'll be making some pistol/revolver grips out of this slab. Should get enough for 5 or 6 sets I can sell for $80/set or so.

For y'all looking to make some beer money, you should look into making grips, rifle stocks, and knife scales. There's a lot of competition for custom grips/scales, but most of the custom stuff I've seen is plastic or laminated wood with pictures and stuff laser engraved/painted, which is not my cup of gunpowder. :roll: Not very many are solid wood with good figure these days. If you google "custom pistol grips" you'll see what I mean.

Also many, if not most, handguns made in the last 10 or 15 years have frames that incorporate one size fits all grips that cannot be removed, so that segment is unavailable. You're basically limited to older revolvers/semi-auto's (what are commonly called "BBQ guns"), and competition guns. Figure $75-$300+ for a good set.

Well made rifle & shotgun stocks made of highly figured woods can easily fetch $1000 or more. But it is a niche market and there are some well established makers, so it might be a tough market to break into.

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Gene, my wood purchasing methods have varied through my life. When I bought from the small band saw mill guys and dried it myself I got the the good, the bad, and some amazing nice "ugly" stuff that was used for special small pieces. Lately, I got some nice wood on CL from woodworkers who were getting out of the hobby and got some nice clear stuff, but not too many "Gems."

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