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Old 12-19-2018, 09:17 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I recently modded my favourite marker ever: The Ban Hammer (RIP Harb) to accept constant air.

The constant air ASA is about an inch thick, and I cannot drill out the ban hammer stock, no way. I decided to try and make something gorgeous: a burl stock. I picked up burl offcuts and laminated enough to build a stock. But from there is only went from good to worse. Cutting out the initial shape revealed a huge knot hole on the handle, and the relief of the wood towards the front allowed the length of the foregrip to warp. The whole project has gone to **** and I have to decide between burn pile, or attempt to revive...
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Old 12-19-2018, 09:24 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Such a beautiful piece of wood. What did you mess up? Why can't it be corrected?
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Cool looking wood! What kind of wood is that?
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Send it. This is Mcb there is nothing that is unfixable. Pistols grip cuz why not
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oh, don't burn it. Can it be made to fit a different marker. I would use it on a phantom in a second.
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Old 12-19-2018, 11:33 AM   #6 (permalink)
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keep that ,its still a beauty. It can be repaired or used for something else. I can see some amazing 45 grips in there for sure. Burls are such a bitch to work with.
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Such a beautiful piece of wood. What did you mess up? Why can't it be corrected?
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Cool looking wood! What kind of wood is that?
It is Maple burl. I wanted Walnut burl, but it is prohibitively expensive. I grabbed some maple offcuts and went at it. I died it with an aniline dye. Its been sanded somewhat there so you can't see it.

Disappointed with the shaping, pretty much everything. I made the mistake of rushing the very last part.

I am thinking about just moving on from this piece of wood. I'll post the Ban hammer as it sits now.
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Old 12-19-2018, 12:01 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Sometimes you have to cut your loses and move on.

If it isn't up to your standards I'd give up on it and try again. You don't have to burn it but I'd start over. You could always save the scraps and use them for little accents on other projects.
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Burl is a pain to work with, sometimes - especially if it has not been stabilized. Especially with a tighter burl, like maple, they are subject to warping and twisting when removing material because of the sheer strength that the solid grain imparts on the wood. Shaping it without stabilization is, unfortunately, a risk. Obviously, the bigger the piece, the bigger the chance of it warping, too.

You might, with "might" being the operative word, get it back to true by steaming and/or soaking and then clamping the hell out of it to a solid form and letting it season for an extended period of time. Problem is, though, that there is absolutely no guarantee that it will work.

Could always take it to a bandsaw, though, and use the burl to laminate the sides of a solid complementary bit of hardwood. I have some spalted maple that I've been wanting to laminate over mahogany - which sounds like a much better idea than it would be in practice, considering the density of mahogany.
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