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Thread: The how to's of gunstock work

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    Quote Originally Posted by enfield View Post
    Whats the best "stain" to darken light coloured wood, I have a few stocks that look like they could be birch or something that I would like to darken. The regular Minwax "dark walnut" doesn't really get it that dark.

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    Very nice job. Thanks!

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    Some good ideas I will try on that old Springfield stock I have.

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    Quote Originally Posted by enfield View Post
    Whats the best "stain" to darken light coloured wood, I have a few stocks that look like they could be birch or something that I would like to darken. The regular Minwax "dark walnut" doesn't really get it that dark.
    Laural Mountain stains. Best I ever found.

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    I replaced the stocks on my Garand as the old ones really were beyond my help. The new ones arrived with a nice stain and a fuzzy finish. It was like they did not sand it at all. I started with 120 grit wet/dry sandpaper and gently rubbed off the fuzzy stuff. Then I moved to 320 grit and again gently sanded down the entire set of stocks. Then 400 and finally 1000 grit.

    It came out smooth as a newborns bottom. Then I applied Tung Oil in very thin coats. Apply on Monday, rub out with wool patches from a blanket on the following Monday. Ya cannot hurry the drying process. Somewhere around 4 months later I started to rub it out with 0000 Steel Wool wrapped around a sponge with some Tung Oil. This picked up the dried oil and filled in all the open grain in the wood. This went on for a few months and finally it is done. The finish is semi glossy but very hard and is quite attractive to my eyes. I should look as good as this Winchester that was made 4 months after I was born in '43.

    AS a bonus I ended up with an ammo can (.30 cal) in which I stored the sponge and sandpaper that had been exposed to tung oil that had an interior finish that smells wonderful and will never ever ever corrode.
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