Old Man and Kelly, or, How I Refinished My Stocks


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Birddog1911
February 21, 2010, 05:11 PM
Here are a few pics of the Garand, Old Man, and My M1A, Kelly. Because I suck I forgot to take before pictures. Old Man's stock was beat up pretty good, with a lot of dings and dents and 50 years of cosmoline. Kelly's stock is a new Boyd's oversized national match stock. Either Boyd's, or the previous owner, had used a very dark stain on the wood; darker than the Garand stock by a factor of two!

http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii190/Birddog4570/Rifles.jpghttp://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii190/Birddog4570/Rifles2.jpg
http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii190/Birddog4570/Rifles3.jpg

The garand stock took a turn through the dishwasher, which did an amazing job. After drying and sanding, it got 6 coats of boiled linseed oil, and so far, one coat of tung oil. The M1A stock was sanded down to the grain, then received 10 coats of tung oil only.

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fireside44
February 21, 2010, 05:34 PM
I can't believe no one commented on it.

Looks really nice. After much fooling with tru-oil recently, I've come to appreciate the effort put into a nice finish.

Gaiudo
February 21, 2010, 06:05 PM
Stunning work there, Birddog. I'd love to see a few larger pictures.

glock36
February 21, 2010, 06:35 PM
Absolutely beautyfull looking long arms you have there

61chalk
February 21, 2010, 06:54 PM
Very Nice! What is the Garand? SA, HRA.....year?

Birddog1911
February 22, 2010, 09:57 AM
I'll try to post closer detail pics later; just got off of work and need some sleep.

Old Man is a Springfield Service Grade, 5.8mil. Puts it around '56.

DMK
February 22, 2010, 10:29 AM
Those are nice. The grain really came out nicely on the M1A.

Putting a nice finish on a rifle stock is very satisfying isn't it?

Birddog1911
February 22, 2010, 02:23 PM
Those are nice. The grain really came out nicely on the M1A.

Putting a nice finish on a rifle stock is very satisfying isn't it?
It really is a labor of love. I don't think I could be happier with either one.

LSCurrier
February 22, 2010, 02:26 PM
Very nice!!!

I'd love to get a few rifles like these.

Luke

Birddog1911
February 22, 2010, 02:42 PM
I like the AR platforms, and many others for that matter. But there is nothing like the warmth and feel of a good walnut or birch stock against your cheek.

mshootnit
February 22, 2010, 04:22 PM
Yes there is...

jogar80
February 22, 2010, 04:35 PM
Great lookin rifles and outstanding work!

Birddog1911
February 22, 2010, 06:36 PM
More pics as requested:
http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii190/Birddog4570/Feb2010154.jpg
http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii190/Birddog4570/Feb2010155.jpg
http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii190/Birddog4570/Feb2010156.jpg
http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii190/Birddog4570/Feb2010157.jpg
http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii190/Birddog4570/Feb2010158.jpg
http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii190/Birddog4570/Feb2010159.jpg
http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii190/Birddog4570/Feb2010160.jpg
http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii190/Birddog4570/Feb2010161.jpg

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