AR-15 lower from a 2×8

We used to say that anyone who knows a little bit of metal shop can build a gun in their garage. Well, it’s easier than that. Here is the lower of an evil “assault weapon” made out of a pine 2×8.


Or maybe it isn’t evil if it is made out of wood and has a natural color finish instead of being black plastic. I never could figure out the rules for good versus evil guns.


18 thoughts on “AR-15 lower from a 2×8

  1. Evil guns are those that people have been conditioned to fear. That could mean a black rifle with a pistol grip stock and a magazine that protrudes from the receiver (though those who fear them wouldn’t know a pistol grip stock from a magazine, from a receiver, from a shoulder thingy that goes up) or it could mean anything that launches a projectile, or anything that looks like it could launch a projectile. The sight of such things evokes imaged of murder and mayhem in the minds of the afflicted, who attach supernatural and sinister significance to the images.

    Many have wondered at the apparent idiocy and stupidity of media “freak outs” when it comes to guns, but there is definite purpose in what on the surface appears to be ignorance, blatant stupidity and insanity. Raise a kid in an environment where every adult consistently goes apoplectic and makes a huge scene at the sight of, say, peanut butter for example (it could be anything. In some places it’s Jews) and that kid will grow up experiencing great stress and agitation at the sight of peanut butter for the rest of his life unless he goes through years of de-programming. That is the trick.

    Anyway; don’t forget to carve or burn in an image of a ghost on that receiver in lieu of a serial number. I suppose another way to make a good wooden receiver would be to use a laser cutter to cut out thin layers of wood and then glue them up in a jig into a solid, finished receiver– a variation of the 3D printed receiver if you will. Just a little finish work and you’re ready to go. Hickory is said to be the strongest North American hardwood.

      • Yep. One of my favorite westerns. As a kid I was fascinated by that Remington Army and its cylinder swap capability, but I never knew what it was until I was near fifty. Now I have two of them with 1863 style percussion cylinders and I’m having one of the frames laser scanned for some CAD work. Eastwood used cartridge conversion cylinders which were all the rage by the 1870s.

    • Excellent idea, Lyle. I was in a hobby/craft shop the other day, and there are small, CNC-like vinyl cutters for making stickers and such, I think for the scrapbooking folks. It made me wonder if those could be used to cut out multi-laminations of something more robust – say thin aluminum sheet, carbon fiber, or even stainless steel foil. Which could then be layered up with resin, clamped in a press and set to cure. It works for America’s Cup yachts that see a lot more stress than a lower receiver.

  2. Does it have a shoulder thingy or a minigun option? If so, then it’s skeery as well.

  3. joe:


    you get the various pin holes in the right spots, then it’ll work. laughing.

    so long as it hangs in the right spot below the upper, and the cartridges go in the way they are supposed to, it will work. i am given to understand that bill ruger’s first mock up of his single action pistol was carved out of wood, to fairly exact dimension. he wanted to see if all his plans actually went together.

    in my various posts on my “plywood gun,” i have said several times that boyd’s gunstocks ought to get a cnc machine, and use their stock laminates instead of aluminum, and make an ar-15 lower. all their stuff is epoxy impregnated, and it would work just fine: tough as hell. a few metal inserts here and there, but, the laminate all by itself would make a good receiver.

    john jay

    p.s. by weight, good wood is stronger than steel. (steel gets by wood, of course, by being stronger by dimension. e.g., railroad trestles.) and, wood has pretty good wear characteristics, … , when i was a kid, lots of farm and harvest machinery had wood bearings on the operating parts, made of steel. go figure.

  4. The political party that can’t decide whether rape is good or evil until they know the political affiliation of the rapist, shouldn’t get to decide which guns are good or evil.

    Change the sentence to murder/murderer, terrorism/terrorist, looting/looter, and the logic still holds.

    • Oh, but they did decide. They decided it’s good, because they decided that you shouldn’t be allowed to defend yourself against it.
      Neil Smith quoted T.D.Melrose’s definition of a victim disarmer (“gun controller”) as a person who would “rather see a woman raped in an alley and strangled with her own pantyhose than see her with a gun in her hand.”
      So yes, they have decided, by arguing against the right to self defense. Most are not honest enough to admit that Melrose’s paraphrase of their position is accurate. A few *are* that honest; Neil Schulman, in Stopping Power, quotes Methodist “minister” Rev. Brockway:
      Rhetorically posing the question “Is the Robber My Brother?” Rev. Brockway answers “yes” for, though the burglary victim or the “woman accosted in the park by a rapist is [not] likely to consider the violator to be a neighbor whose safety is of immediate concern … [c]riminals are members of the larger community no less than are others. As such they are our neighbors or, as Jesus put it, our brothers … ”

      • If my neighbor went on a rape/burglary spree that included my house, I’d feel obliged to stop that neighbor.

        Hate the sin, love the sinner, as we Catholics were taught.

        • I’d feel obliged to stop him/her as well, partly because the crime must be prevented if possible, but also partly to spare my many other neighbors the trauma of dealing with it as well. You’d think the party of “the needs of the many outweigh the rights of the few” would see this.

          Are criminals our neighbors (brothers)? I’d argue this way: Neighbors are members of a community, and communities are built more on shared principles than shared proximity. A man who would willingly harm his neighbor-by-proximity is NOT being a good neighbor-by-principle, and therefore is not living “in the community.” He might live right next-door, but he’s not a member of the community.

          To back up my point, we in the pro-freedom and pro-gun movements feel a sense of community with other pro-freedom-pro-gun people, even if we’ve never met in person and live thousands of miles from each other. We feel this sense because our shared principles override our lack of shared proximity.

  5. It’s actually fairly simple:

    Evil guns: Any firearm held by a citizen, for any purpose, whether hunting, target shooting, or self-defense.

    Good guns: Any firearm held by an anointed member of any government, for any purpose, whether legitimate law enforcement, abuse of civil rights, the rounding up of dissidents, or the execution of the currently not-in-power.

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