Wood for weapon grips, stocks, and handguards

Wood for weapon grips, stocks, and handguards

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    Wood for weapon grips, stocks, and handguards

    Lately I've grown a wild hair and a strong interest in wooden grips, stocks, and handguards for a variety of weapons. At the moment, the fixation is on the AR-15 and AK-47. Unfortunately, I have no experience whatsoever in woodwork.

    Any ideas on what makes good wood for weapon parts? What naturally dark/black wood fits the bill for good wood for weapon parts?


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    Well there's the good old standard material, Walnut.

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    They have been using walnut for about 400 years. Maple is good too.
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    Walnut I've seen, and liked, but I wanted something a little more...exotic. Presentation grade. Can't say I've seen maple wood on a gun. I wonder if African ebony, bubinga, or different burl blanks come big enough to use as long gun firearm furniture...?


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    I have seen guns done in birds eye maple. They are very nice but maple is a lighter colored wood. It is all just up to your taste. have you thought about a "designer" laminate. Look here...

    ColorWood - Rutland Plywood Corporation

    or boyds...

    Walnut and Laminate Hardwood Gunstock Blanks
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    There are many different grades and qualities of Walnut. Some are rather drab and plain, others are quite fancy. Birds eye Maple makes a beautiful stock, but it is a light colored wood.

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    One of the NICEST AR's I have ever seen was done in Walnut. Always had itch to do my colt up in that and some say I might.

    I saved a picture of it somewhere. Not sure who's it is. But they were selling these sets. Need to recall who it was.



    I did an AK pistol build with Black Walnut. Use a Green Antique tinted finish on the gun itself too. Sort of Old Colt Grey finish that is Cosmolene stained ya know? Came out real nice


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    Quote Originally Posted by BAC View Post
    Walnut I've seen, and liked, but I wanted something a little more...exotic. Presentation grade. Can't say I've seen maple wood on a gun. I wonder if African ebony, bubinga, or different burl blanks come big enough to use as long gun firearm furniture...?

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    If you're wanting to use ebony, you'll need to invest in some high quality knives, and learn how to properly sharpen them as they will dull quickly. It should be called "iron wood".

    I agree with the earlier poster, find a great piece of walnut.
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