very nice, seems like we both like zebra wood, i have one in the making too. my last the one made with wenge? i did the finnish work with my dremel and with so much sanding and shaping to do, it got very hot (the alum) this seemed to have a very bad effect on the epoxy lol. as i was shooting it it suddenly felt out ofbalance on the shot, i looked down and i scale was sitting on the floor. this teaches me to do the work on the aluminum before gluing...................... nice work
I like the zebra so far, I would say that bocote is a little nicer simply because it's not nearly as porous. As far as the epoxy scales....I do 98% of all of my shaping before applying the scales. The only shaping I do after is to sand down the wood flush with the aluminum, and that produces very little heat so the epoxy won't loosen. I'm still primarily shooting my first pfs with the mahogany scales to test out the durability of the epoxy and to get used to flipping. So far the scales are holding up extremely well!
Also, are you clamping the scales down after applying the epoxy? Apply epoxy and line up the scales. Then let set for a few minutes and then clamp tightly. I wait 8-12 hours before unclamping and then sanding. Afterwards I wait a full 24 hrs before shooting. Can't wait to see more scales from you new convert!