the surplus wood, then the flat side for the final shaping. Allow about 1/16 inch extra thickncs9 all over for finishing. Now turn the stock top edge up, and with a sharp black pencil draw a line from the upper edge you have established over the magazine, forward to the edge established at the forend tip, using a straightedge. (See Figure 87) Clamp the stock sideways in the vise again, and rasp the forend down to this line, working across the grain always, and azainst the square upper edge, to avoid slivering. For the present, regardless of its final shape, leave the bottom of forend very much wider than the top. Work down both sides of forend in this manner, then turn stock bottom edge up in vise, clamping it about the grip portion.

The original center line you marked on the stock blank still shows. Blacken it with a lead pencil to bring it out clearly. Draw lines

running in the same direction but closer together at the tip of forend, to establish the taper, then rough off the wood to these lines. The forend may now be rounded up and shaped as desired, using the flat side of ra3p for most of the work.

The stcck is now shaped in the rough from forend tip almost back to the grip. The next question to be decided is, shall the stock have A CHEEK PIECE, and shall it have CASTOFF? Assuming that it is to be cast off, first measure and mark the desired length from center of trigger to center of butt; draw a line for approximately, the desired pitch, and saw off the butt, allowing about 1/4 inch extra length. Remark the original center line on butt, then establish a new center for the castoff as explained in Chapter 9. (See Figures 46 and 48, Chapter 9). Now make a brass templet the shape of buttplate to be used, and 1/8 inch larger all round, notching the center of templet at both ends. Center it on the cast-off line on butt and mark round it. Now set the stock in vise as shown in Figure 34 (Chapter 7) decide on the shape and position of cheek piece, and sketch its outline in pencil. Cut round it with a hollow chisel as shown in Figure 34, making the cut deeper toward bottom of stock. When about 1/4 inch deep, start shaping this side of stock with rasp, using the round side to speed the work, and

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