Some of you may know that I’m pretty crafty when I see crafty I mean I was a engineering turned architectural student and recreational inventor and master of repurposing and recycling materials. I’m also so broke I can’t pay attention and suffer from a horrible disease called boredom. Yes folks boredom is a disease and sadly the only cure for it is finding something to do with your time, idle hands and all.
Today’s project is repurposing a carbon/graphite Cervélo PC3 time trials seatpost Into a cheek rest for my SBR using only what I had laying around the garage.
-Dremel + cut off disks + drill bits + sanding drums + shaping bits and stones
-Seatpost from a wrecked Cervélo P3C time trial bicycle
-small section approximately 2 1/4 inches long of Picatinny rail off of my wrecked dirtbike
-30 mm scope rings that came with the scope on my rifle
-wire sieve for thinly spreading flour
-roll of 1.5” wide blue painters tape
-standard size Sharpie Marker
-various grades of sandpaper/Emory cloth ranging from 350<1000/1200 grit.
I would like to also note that at no time in the construction of this project did I use any sort of measuring device, this was all done by hand and eyeballing it.
Just a brief note the seat post came from a bicycle that one of my former customers left on the roof of his car after competition he pulled into his garage forgetting it was there the only thing that survive with the seat post in the saddle saddle is on my bicycle the seatpost is now serving a new function as a cheek rest.
I’d like to make a cautionary note to everybody if you are cutting carbon fiber or graphite with a rotary tool where I protection and a dust mask you do not want the stuff in your lungs it’s horrible stuff.
This project started off with me cutting the end off then measuring the placement for the scope rings and cutting out 2 areas for them to fit through the body of the post. I then marked the 2 holes and drilled them out to make slots for the rail to adjust the cheek rest. I then slotted the top mounted the rings to the Picatinny rail and then mounted the rail inside the seat post.
And this is work it’s fine and then cover the unformed cheek rest in A very thin coat of Vaseline and then using a wire sieve I liberally sprinkled it with flour. At this point I flipped up the covers on my scope set magnification to zero and then placed my cheek on the rest and settled myself in looking through the scope and adjusting myself until I had the correct eye relief and body position. Satisfied with that I then took a Q-tip and traced around where my face had made a print on the cheek pad. Then traced with sharpie. I then picked the rifle back up and then turned it sideways and situated myself add a comfortable position where I could use my side mounted SeeAll tritium backup sight. As I did before I traced with a Q-Tip where my face made contact with the cheek pad then marked it with sharpie.
At this point I Washed the unformed cheek pad with soap and water to remove vaseline and flower leaving a sharpie marker behind. From here I took a sharpie marker sort it out the size and shape I want to make the pad then took the Dremel with a cut off wheel and rough cut it down within about 1 to 2 mm of line. From this point I switched to the sanding drum and sanded everything smooth down the line bevel in the edges. After this I took A piece 360 grit Emory cloth and continued to work on the edges making them smooth following up with 1000 then 1200 grit sandpaper for final finish.
And that’s it folks that’s how you re-purpose a shattered seat post off a shattered time trial bike into a cheek pad for your rifle with what you had laying about in your shoppe and kitchen cabinet.
Final note: If you’re looking for something soft to rest your face up against and somebody will also smooth out those bolts heads that hold the Picatinny rail in place I’d recommend Close cell phone or even possibly a piece of thick leather that you could A-fix using aerosol contact adhesive used for automotive/marine upholstery.
I also like to add that I did this project or under the effects of Flexeril and oxy hydrocodone and did it all from my wheelchair.
Final note take deux:
I suddenly realize that I really can’t go out to the range because I only have a limited amount of ammo (300AAC) so I’v yet to give it a proper testing at the range. However I do have enough 22 ammunition to last me well into the next millennia so I’m hoping that maybe I can find somebody let me borrow their 22 caliber upper so I can check this out and see how everything works. Also could use a little range time just because I am absolutely frustrated with everything going on in my life and some range therapy would be lovely.
If you all might take a close look at some of the photographs and posting you also noticed one of those cheap Chinese made folding Law Tactical knock off adapters. Yes these things are absolute crap do not buy one and if you do be prepared for it to eventually break. This is one that I got from my friend Mikey, he had installed it on his airsoft gun for some stupid reason and realized that he had no purpose for it and it was just adding weight so I gave it to me for free and said if you can use it be my guest and because I had to cancel my order due to financial reasons for my Law Tactical folder I was happy to except it and will just use it until it breaks.
Stay tune for the next project which will be me Cerakoting the entire rifle camo. I’m currently working on sourcing leftover Cerakote coat from other friend, fortunately I have an airbrush because my girlfriends an artist and she has that kind of stuff. Color scheme will be green, bronze, FDE, and charcoal, I don’t know what I’m gonna do for the pattern yet but considering I’m gonna be moving to Vermont next year I’ll likely go with something more woodsy then front range desert camo looking. If anybody hears from the East Coast and has any suggestions let me know.
Also including pic’s of the stand I built for my Rifle, can’t tell you all how nice it is to have a secure mount when your working on your AR. It’s also perfect to use when sighting it in using one of those bullet laser bore thingies (that’s its technical name Incase you all don’t Know)