Bending gun stocks

Advice on bending lumber in general and gun stocks in particular.1998.

by Professor Gene Wengert

Do you have any info on the hot oil method of bending gun stocks?

The hot oil method is used to dry gun stocks, but I have never heard of it being used to bend them also. However, to bend a piece of wood, we need to get it hot and wet. So, if you put a gun stock that is wet in hot oil and dried the stock a bit to get it to about 25% MC, it would bend as easy as steam bending.

Professor Gene Wengert is Extension Specialist in Wood Processing at the Department of Forestry, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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