well finally after 3 or 4 days worth of elbow grease the venoms stock(home made affair but very well crafted) is finally finished
how i did it was like this.
the stain that was already on the stock kept coming off when i tried degreasing the wood for oiling so i had no option but to remove the dye(birchwood casy walnut stain i believe) with white spirit and this took about 3 hours worth of work.
once the red stain was removed i started to sand the woods surface with water,p240 wet and dry(will explain later why i used water on the stock) and proceeded to rub away to get to the bare wood.i decided to remove the stippling on the fore-end as i couldnt see the point of it as there is an integral palm shelf/rest on the stock and there was some very nice grain lines under it but the stippling went deeper than i expected so i sanded away as much as i could without ruining the feel of the stock.
i achieved getting to the bare unstained wood with the p240 wet/dry paper and started using p600 wet/dry with water to keep the paper unclogged,keep the dust down and to get a glass like smoothness on the woods surface.whilst i was smoothing the wood i noticed vertical grain lines appearing(visible in the pics) so i kept going and the grain lifted out even more.
i decided to try the birchwood casey stain that i used on other stocks in the past with good effect and i'll now explain why i got a stock so thoroughly wet with water.
after a bit of research into various dyes and stains i came across a tip that water based stains/dyes take to the woods surface better if the wood is wet and penetrates as deep as the water soaked into the wood,i removed any excess water with kitchen roll and brushed the water based walnut stain onto the wet stock and allowed the stock to dry out in a warm room overnight and most of the next day.the stain didnt come out of the wood with white spirit so the tip really did work!!
next i applied a second application of stain allowing it to dry thoroughly and tried white spirit again,not even a hint of stain came out so i was happy with that
next was the 1st coat of danish oil.....when this went on...it just disappeared into the wood in seconds,left it for an hour and applied a second coat which didnt disappear rapidly unlike the 1st coat,it got slowly soaked up by the wood and left a nice rich tone.
i then applied a bit of gunstock wax to the stock and rubbed that into the wood,buffed the stock and it looked soooo much better than when i started...happy bunny now
piccies for your perusal
Last edited by ikarma70; 09-03-2006 at 06:51 AM.
Good work mate.What is and where did you get that stock please?
Lovely job, done well
give yourself a pat on the back
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Nice stock....! I thought the idea of wetting the bare wood was to raise the grain so its sanded down to an even finer finish.
The ox is slow, but the earth is patient.
You said it would be good and you didn't disappoint. Nice job.
hey hey, this came and went pretty quickly on the first page forum, heres a bump for nice work and lovely stock