My Inland Service Grade M1 Carbine and stock refinishing


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1KPerDay
August 1, 2009, 09:55 PM
Upon receipt from the CMP... wood looking pretty rough. (click for larger pics)

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After a run through the dishwasher:
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After sanding with 80, 120, and 220 grit, and superfine steel wool (mistake) and then 220 again to sand the little metal particles out of the wood... washed with water to get the dust off
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After staining with watered down rosewood minwax water based stain and 2 coats of wipe-on poly. I'm not fond of the stain but my son (who will be inheriting this one) loves it so I'm leaving it for now.
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1KPerDay
August 1, 2009, 09:58 PM
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"Hi.... Joker...."

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He likes it! Hey Mikey!
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black_powder_Rob
August 1, 2009, 10:05 PM
congrats it looks great! actually has me thinking of getting one my self now.

carbine85
August 1, 2009, 11:24 PM
Nice job. I've refinished some rough stocks in the past. That one looks pretty good. I use a steamer or a hot iron and wet cloth to lift out the dings & dents. After they are lifted as much as I can get them I sand the wood.

shotgunjoel
August 1, 2009, 11:32 PM
Did that come with the M2 mag catch?

DBR
August 2, 2009, 12:12 AM
Bronze wool works better.

FlyinBryan
August 2, 2009, 12:33 AM
it looks fantastic 1k!!

it makes me want a carbine really bad, and it also makes me want to get some walnut for my garand someday.

i redid my birch and everything but it just will never be walnut.

i want it

mljdeckard
August 2, 2009, 12:38 AM
I like my Inland, and honestly, if I decided to get a second one, I would choke up a few hundred and sent it to Fulton Armory for a general work-over. New barrel, springs, and testing.

Iron Sight
August 2, 2009, 12:41 AM
1KPerDay.......You may have inspired me?

Dr_2_B
August 2, 2009, 12:45 AM
very nice

Tim the student
August 2, 2009, 10:08 AM
Very nice looking rifle!

Moose458
August 2, 2009, 10:22 AM
Looks super nice. Good JOB. Your son will have something that his dad gave him that he will cherish the rest of his life.

longdayjake
August 2, 2009, 10:46 AM
I love before and after pictures. It looks as though you did not let it go through the dry cycle in the dishwasher. I found that my stock turned out really well after 2 times through the dishwasher. What made you decide to use a stain rather than BLO or Tung?

1KPerDay
August 2, 2009, 12:21 PM
quicker, and I had some on hand. and I did run it through the dry cycle FYI.

Next time I may run it through twice... there was still a bit of old crud/grease in the stock particularly where hands typically touched it. But for part of a day's work I'm happy with it. I think I'll run my rack grade NPM's stock through also... it's in better shape but still kinda grungy.

nwilliams
August 2, 2009, 05:10 PM
Looks beautiful! Great job!

1KPerDay
August 12, 2009, 01:18 AM
Upon receipt... NPM rack grade. Pretty grungy but stock overall in better shape than the service grade IMO
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Before dishwasher

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1KPerDay
August 12, 2009, 01:20 AM
After dishwasher

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After sanding

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Finished with Minwax natural stain and minwax paste wax finish.

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1KPerDay
August 12, 2009, 01:22 AM
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Looks a bit better I guess. Kinda weird with the walnut handguard and birch stock but I guess I'll get used to it. sort of looks like the brown handguard on an m14 or something.:D

FlyinBryan
August 12, 2009, 01:32 AM
awesome little carbine you got there.

i know its a few day late, but i just caught your "hi,,,joker,,,," caption up there and just about fell out, lol.

good stuff

1KPerDay
August 12, 2009, 11:41 AM
:D

BTW you can see some cracks in the forward part of the grip curve that the dishwasher opened up. They were sanded smooth and filled in when finished, but it did seem the dishwasher exacerbated them. It also appears some cracks/spaces opened a bit inside the receiver cutout. The metal all still fits fine, though.

I guess what I'm saying is I'd recommend against the dishwasher method if there are any cracks in the stock to begin with. I didn't notice them before I washed so perhaps these couldn't have been predicted, but I've read on the well-known "dishwasher method" web pages that "he's never had cracks open up and he's done hundreds of stocks this way."

I just wanted to point out that I did have cracks open up, and I've only done 2. One didn't, one did.

Eightball
August 12, 2009, 12:01 PM
So, you got a carbine August 1st, and again today?

Geez.

1KPerDay
August 12, 2009, 12:26 PM
No... I got the NPM last year but hadn't bothered to do anything to the stock yet.

vanfunk
August 12, 2009, 03:48 PM
What's that cartouche on the right side of the buttstock on the NPM? I don't think I've seen one like that before. What's the lend-lease country of origin? Are these coming back from Italy, or are we seeing the first of the Bavarian returns?

Thanks! I've got two carbines on the way to me from the CMP...

vanfunk

1KPerDay
August 12, 2009, 04:51 PM
What's that cartouche on the right side of the buttstock on the NPM? I don't think I've seen one like that before. What's the lend-lease country of origin? Are these coming back from Italy

It's the dreaded FAT stamp (Fabbrica Armi Terni) that was applied to the Italian lend/lease ones. No big deal to me but some seem to dislike them. I kinda think it's cool. :D

Info and pic here
http://www.odcmp.com/Rifles_copy(1)/Carbine.htm


Nope not Bavarian... though those do sound cool. Far as I know they're only available so far via CMP auctions. See here
http://thecmp.org/m1carbine.htm

FMJMIKE
August 12, 2009, 09:11 PM
Very nice
:Djob !!!

CZguy
August 12, 2009, 11:12 PM
After sanding with 80, 120, and 220 grit, and superfine steel wool (mistake) and then 220 again to sand the little metal particles out of the wood... washed with water to get the dust off

0000 steel wool is great, you just wipe it with a tack cloth after you are done.

Also I though that I would mention that when you use the (dreaded) dishwasher method, convention wisdom is to remove it before the drying cycle. This is to prevent the wood from cracking.

1KPerDay
August 13, 2009, 12:53 AM
I may try that if I do it again. I have a couple sad garand stocks that I might take a shot at now that I've got some practice. I should probably just bite the bullet and start using BLO like everyone else. :)

CZguy
August 13, 2009, 04:39 AM
BLO works well for me.

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1KPerDay
August 13, 2009, 11:50 AM
Especially when you have a stock that nice to begin with. :)

skidooman603
August 13, 2009, 12:04 PM
Ahh..1k the rich get richer! Looks great! Try PURE Tung or RAW Linseed aka FLAXSEED oil. Think you will like the results! Nice job. That drn kid of yours is gonna get all kinds of cool stuff. Little comando! :D

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