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Well I have some time on my hands as of late, being mister mom and all, so I decided to make a set of shooting/waliking sticks. First I found some nice strong but light wood and sanded it down and put some Thompsons deck waterseal on them. I believe the wood is birch. I sanded with 80 grit then 200, cleaned with mineral spirits and applied six coats of Thompsons. th_IMG_0322.jpgth_IMG_0326.jpg Inbetween coats I let dry for a couple of hours and hit it with a scuffing pad and last coat, over night, and went over it with a sponge. I knew I was going to need some sort of padding so I wouldn't make noise or scratch my precious ar and I had just the thing, an old work boot. Told the wife there was a reason I never threw it away.IMG_0320.jpg Trimmed it up with my recently sharpened cheapo knife and started the test fitting.IMG_0321.jpg It still needed some trimming to get a nice clean and tight fit, with loops covering the exposed wood.IMG_0327.jpg Once I finished that, they had to be waterproofed too, so out came the mink oil. I forgot I had all this stuff. Applied generously and put in baggie for tonight and will finish tomorrow.IMG_0329.jpg Stay tuned.....

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Baxter,Jest wondering if you read VarmintAl's shooting stick write up.Seems like you're making shooting sticks that may become family heirlooms. Have fun & don't forget to post your shooting results.

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Continued. Drilled and mounted my hardware, with adjustability,IMG_0331.jpgAlso added old boot loops to the top of each stick with some nails I had.IMG_0330.jpg Wrapped old Georgia farm and ranch boot leather around sticks and secured with nails, I might need to go back and put some glue in some places. All and all I think they came out real nice, and probably under $10 bucks. Thanks for looking.IMG_0332.jpgIMG_0333.jpgIMG_0334.jpgIMG_0335.jpgCoyotes Beware.

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Man, those look great. What is the height of the crotch when you spread them for use?

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Thanks. Sitting on my butt, they are 22", the useable length in from 26" to about 16", but 16" is pushing it.

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Looking Good ! Drill some holes in the bottoms of the legs and epoxy some 20D nails and yer ready! Good looking Sticks!

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THanks Ornery and Thumper. Would the Nails be for bite? I was going to cut a wedge and maybe stain the wood darker. Probably give them to my Pops a Fathers Day present to, hope he likes them.

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They cam out very nice.I like the leather ends.Mine are not that nice I just used intube rubber.Also if you can find some 1 inch thick bamboo they make some nice standing shooting sticks. They are strong+ light .

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THanks Ornery and Thumper. Would the Nails be for bite? I was going to cut a wedge and maybe stain the wood darker. Probably give them to my Pops a Fathers Day present to, hope he likes them.
The nails will help get a good bite on the harder soils.Just cut the heads off and epoxy them into place. Looking good!

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Really nice. I would love a set like that. Have to get hoppin here around thehouse and try my hand

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Im not going to lie I came on this post to talk poop to you about being a cheap ass but im not going to deny that those are pretty bad ass. Now i want to make some just because its cool to make your own stuff especialy when it turns out that good.

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