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How to finish a birch laminate stock?

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing and Repairs' started by Njal Thorgeirsson, May 7, 2013.

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  1. Njal Thorgeirsson

    Njal Thorgeirsson Member

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    Hello,

    I've recently acquired an Ironwood Designs stock set for my Saiga 12.

    It is entirely unfinished. How should I go about finishing it? I would really like just a light stain, and a matte or satin finish that can easily be repaired if blemished. Tru Oil seems to work great on many stock types, but I just wasn't sure if it would work here, as my stock is a reproduction of military laminate- soft and porous, unlike the seemingly rock-hard modern laminates. I don't really want to do a military-style shellac, i'd prefer something a little bit more refined. Simple is better but I'd love to hear any suggestions!

    Thanks!
     
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    I'm working on my .577/.450 Martini-Henry 1887 Enfield rifle. I am using Watco Danish Oil (picked up a pint at the local Lowe's although I'm sure you can get it most anyplace that sells paint).

    Here is a link to it that I found on line. So far, mine is coming out a very dull finish but then I've got a few more coats to apply yet too. Also, my wood had a lot of 130 year old grime, gun oil, cosmolie, and probably something like a linseed oil finish on it. Getting that stuff off the wood (hopefully I got a lot of it off) wasn't easy. I've no doubt yours would take the finish much better. :)
     
  3. Liberty1776

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    I've got to second Watco Danish Oil - I've used in on several many stocks and I believe it will do what you are looking for. On some cruddy old stocks I've even sort of scrubbed it in with 0000 bronze wool...
     
  4. Njal Thorgeirsson

    Njal Thorgeirsson Member

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    Thanks for the replies!

    Do you think the oil will darken the wood at all, or should I start with a stain (I would like to darken the wood just a little bit)?

    Thanks!
     
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