anyone use cedar for gun stocks

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  1. K.L.O.sako

    K.L.O.sako Member

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    i was looking at a real beautiful piece cedar the other day, it had rich color and swirling grain,very unique, and i just wondered why no one makes a stock out of this wood. all you see is walnut. is there a reason?, too brittle?, too hard to shape?, or is it just to heavy? any thoughts would be apreciated.
     
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    would think that cedar would be to brittle.it don't take much to snap a dry cedar branch.but,a good stockmaker may be able to "beef up" the contact areas of the stock to help prevent splitting. jwr
     
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    When I was getting married I bought my wife to be a cedar chest. The instructions that came with the chest said not to put metal oblects in the chest because the oils in the cedar wood would cause the metal to discolor. I would imagine that would hold true with cedar wood and the gun metal, especially since the metal of the gun rests directly on the wood.
     
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    hmmm. that does make sense, thanks for the tip.
     
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    I would think you could vacuum infuse some polyurethane into a finished grip and get all the durability you can handle.
     
  6. gundog007

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    I work with wood every day, and the reason they don't use cedar for gun stocks is way to soft of a wood. Cedar will dent and ding very very easily depending on the durability of the finish. But i agree with you, it is one of the best looking woods you will find. It is not considered a "hardwood" such as walnut,maple,oak, and such. I hope this answers your question. (at least its my answer, right or wrong)
     
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