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My Inland Service Grade M1 Carbine and stock refinishing

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by 1KPerDay, Aug 1, 2009.

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  1. 1KPerDay

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    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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  2. 1KPerDay

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    "Hi.... Joker...."

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    He likes it! Hey Mikey!
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  3. black_powder_Rob

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    congrats it looks great! actually has me thinking of getting one my self now.
     
  4. carbine85

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    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.
     
  5. shotgunjoel

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    Did that come with the M2 mag catch?
     
  6. DBR

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    Bronze wool works better.
     
  7. FlyinBryan

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    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
     
  8. mljdeckard

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    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.
     
  9. Iron Sight

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    1KPerDay.......You may have inspired me?
     
  10. Dr_2_B

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    very nice
     
  11. Tim the student

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    Very nice looking rifle!
     
  12. Moose458

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    Looks super nice. Good JOB. Your son will have something that his dad gave him that he will cherish the rest of his life.
     
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    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?
     
  14. 1KPerDay

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    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.
     
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    Looks beautiful! Great job!
     
  16. 1KPerDay

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    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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    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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  18. 1KPerDay

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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
     
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    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
     
  20. 1KPerDay

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    :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.
     
  21. Eightball

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    So, you got a carbine August 1st, and again today?

    Geez.
     
  22. 1KPerDay

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    No... I got the NPM last year but hadn't bothered to do anything to the stock yet.
     
  23. vanfunk

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    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
     
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    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
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    Nope not Bavarian... though those do sound cool. Far as I know they're only available so far via CMP auctions. See here
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    Very nice
    :Djob !!!
     
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