How to repair a cracked rifle stock

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How to repair a cracked rifle stock
Small crack on rifle stock

Rifle stocks can split or become damaged a number of ways. Weathering, ageing, a flaw in the wood grain, repeated recoil of ordnance, or all of the above are the usual culprits. Even if completely split, the stocks can be repaired yourself with a little TLC and patience. We will stick with the glue and clamp method as taught by Martyt, aka "Topper."

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Compressed air or reversible vacuum
  • Slow set epoxy
  • Several padded clamps
  • Thin/flat applicator or syringe for the glue
  • Tooth picks
  • Bicycle tire tubing
  • Paint thinner
  • Clean rags

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  1. 1

    Mix the epoxy on wax paper. Once mixed, use the applicator (tongue depressor) to reach all the areas within the cracked stock. Be careful not to dislodge any splintered pieces of wood.

  2. 2

    Using the vacuum or compressed air generator, blow the epoxy throughout the affected area to help distribute the glue evenly. If it's a deep crack or cracked all the way through the stock, blow the glue from one side only. If the glue doesn't reach all of the affected area, apply more glue and blow again. Oozing glue is a good thing; it tells you you've covered the entire crack. If the stock is cracked through, repeat the process from the other side, too.

  3. 3

    Wipe off the excess epoxy with a clean rag and a small amount of paint thinner.

  4. 4

    Find the two flattest surfaces near the crack (one will suffice if it is just a small crack) and slowly tighten the padded wood clamps. Make sure the pieces remain aligned, but don't tighten clamps completely.

    How to repair a cracked rifle stock
    make sure you have plenty of rags on hand
  5. 5

    Clean off any epoxy that has been squeezed out and split the tire tubing. Cut it into one or two four-to-six inch pieces. Starting with the un-split end, begin wrapping the tubing. Do this lightly at first. Increase the tension with each wrap over a one-to-two inch area.

  6. 6

    Make sure all split areas are completely and tightly closed and for safe measure, once again, clean of excess epoxy and allow 24 hours to cure. Once cured, loosen clamps and remove tubing. Very lightly scrape away any tubing stuck to the wood being careful not to cut into the wood. Use a 50/50 mixture of boiled linseed oil and paint thinner or the laminated finish of your choice. Give a very fine grit light sanding and you're done. Now put the gun back together and go shoot some dinner.

    How to repair a cracked rifle stock
    Good as new (almost anyway).

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