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    Restoration of a Martini Henry - inletting fun

    Hi folks, thought I'd share this one with you, simply given the fun I had inletting the forend to receive the metal tab (or "hook").

    The India-made forend came rather "naked" - it required inletting both for that hook, and for the semi-hexagonal shape of the barrel at the knox.

    I started by drilling the two screw holes on the new forend, to make sure I was going to draw out the profile of the metal hook in the right spot.




    i screwed the hook upside down to get a flat contact with the forend, to mark the contour.



    I figured that doing all the inletting by hand was going to be time consuming and, given my hand carving skills, the result would probably end up unsatisfactory. What I needed was a milling machine. But, have you seen the prices on such tools?

    Cheap as I am, I started looking for alternatives. I do have a drill press, so... I found out that small milling "tables" exist. Some $120 later, I was set for some milling on that forend. I went for the "Proxxon micro compound table". I'Ve screwed it on a rectangular piece of plywood, and clamped that plywood in my drill press vise. I used a small, round router bit
    for the inletting.

    In this picture I had just started. The clamping of the forend is a rather... "homemade" affair but, it worked. Almost.



    After I started the forend began creeping upwards. So I made a simple cross-member between two of the screws. You can see it in the following picture.



    After that, final inletting was done with chisels. I'm pretty sure I saved some time, and it was fun too.




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    Good work Lou! And now that you've made the investment in the milling table, you will have to tackle a few more projects!

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    i'm afraid of what's going to find its way into my shop now...

    A few more pics, almost done. Missing a front band, and a screw to install the small cap at the tip of the muzzle. The grain of the wood is decent (even with the knot in the buttstock). This is typical made-in-India stuff, and it was covered with dark brown stain. Looks much better after being stripped and refinish with linseed oilicon in my opinion.

    the action was rather... full of crud...


    All cleaned and reassembled now.





    Lou

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    Quote Originally Posted by louthepou View Post
    The grain of the wood is decent (even with the knot in the buttstock).
    Actually, as knots go, that is a splendid example, with the grain swirling round the knot like a galaxy round its core. Polish it carefully and make it a real feature - to be displayed, not hidden!

    After all, what is burr walnut but a highly decorative form of "knottiness"?
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    It's the eye of Sauron from Lord of the Rings! lol

    I does look great. Gives it character, sets it apart from other Martinis in a crowd for sure. Sadly, it's not mine!!!


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