Wednesday, September 1, 1999

Sandblasting patterns into stocks...

I've been working on this idea for some time now. I wanted to carve patterns into wood stocks. Specifically AK stocks. As they are cheap. And the AK lends itself to a pretty wide range of interpretation. After playing around with several ideas I decided to sandblast. I posted a test awhile back. Using 3mil plastic as a template. But could tell right away that cutting a pattern is no joke. So I contacted Deth502 as he makes stickers. I found a bunch of art work. And Deth502 did some tests. Cutting out some stickers as templates and sandblasting them. He then spent a HUGE amount of time cutting stickers and picking out the negative parts of them by hand - leaving the template. And sent me a batch. I think he spent a TON of time customizing that image too.

Below is the first test. I suggested the tiger as it looks like the one from a Serbian unit. But more importantly it had to be a pattern that all touched. (To hard to explain.) And Deth spent a whole lot more time making it work.

Once you have the template it's pretty easy. Clean the wood. Remove the sticker backing. Place the sticker on the wood. Remove the plastic from atop the sticker that holds it all in place. Sandblast. Then remove the sticker.


I'll go into more detail about how it's done later.

Right now I'm trying to decide how or if I want to do anything to the cut to make it pop more. Was thinking about dark stain. But the wood is so dark. It would look better on solid wood with dark stain rubbed into it. (Which is what I did in the last pic above.)

Here's the latest. Used a crappy soft wood Yugo buttstock. Not like the normal nicer harder Yugo buttstock. But it turned out pretty kick A$$. I cut it at 75 psi. For about 10 minutes. And then rubbed in dark stain. Sanded with a block. And wiped with acetone. I'll post some more procedure pics and descriptions tomorrow.

Here's a skull design I did tonight on the other side of the same stock. Thicker template material so I could go deeper. Had it pumped up to 110 psi. First in plain wood. Then I stained it dark with a stain marker. Those things are cool. Don't remember who makes them. But they are felt tip markers with stain in them. The dark stain covers up the design. But also makes it look more subtle. I still think it will look even better on blonde wood. With a subtle used motor oil rub on the design.


  1. Looks awesome. I think it works bettet on the non-lsmitated stocks though.

  2. There are two basic components use to make a gun such as barrel and stock. The barrels are created by high tensile steel with grooves inside whereas the stock is usually made of wood, metal, or plastic material on which the barrel and trigger mechanism is attached. If you see these images or for more images when you look on you will find that the stock is the base factor for creating a good gun.