Fixing a small crack in a stock.


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Crownvicman
May 27, 2004, 11:01 AM
How can I fix a small crack in the stock of a Yugo M24 mauser? It is near the pistol grip at the end of the receiver.

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yankytrash
May 27, 2004, 08:33 PM
First, verify that it can be pulled back together. See if you can fit a clamp over the stock in such a way that it'll pull the crack back together. Use small pine (fir - the whiter-looking pine, not southern yellow pine) blocks to pad the clamp jaws, even if you're using a wooden "Jorgenson"-type clamp. Take the padding a step further and pad the padding blocks with an old sock or something. You just want to be sure you don't damage the wood while trying to fix the damaged wood. :scrutiny:

If you don't have a clamp, try one of those cheapo Wallyworld 1" wide ratchet straps. Just be sure to plenty of pad blocks to keep the stock pulling together, whilst keeping the metal ratchet mechanism from gouging the stock.

If it'll go together, you're golden. Go git a bottle of Gorilla glue, inject it into the crack (ie, mush it in good with your fingers), and clamp it.

A tip on injecting glue into the crack - Have the clamp in place loose. Inject glue. Tighten clamp. Loosen clamp. Inject more glue, or just mush the glue back in the crack that oozed out. Repeat five or six times.


If that don't work, we'll move on to "filling a crack with the same wood it's made of".

boing
May 27, 2004, 10:34 PM
I just wrapped my AK with electrical tape, but that's probably not what you're looking for. :)

kimbernut
June 1, 2004, 04:41 PM
A piece of surgical tubing wrapped tightly around the crack after injecting the wood glue,epoxy, or Acra-glas works great. If in doubt of the strength of the repair, drill and pin completely through the repaired area with a brass or stainless steel pin coated with the epoxy or Acra-glas.

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